Nursing Studies: Mental Health Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing: Mental Health Nursing 2018/19

Year of entry

Mental health nurses play a crucial role in supporting people who are vulnerable (and often seriously ill) in hospitals and the community. If you want a career where you can make a difference to the lives of people in need of care and support, and where each day brings new challenges and experiences, Mental Health Nursing is a good choice.

The course equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed, and enables you to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You will explore areas including:

  • mental illness and mental health
  • therapeutic interventions
  • assessment and planning care
  • service users’ perspectives on care
  • evidence-based practice
  • human biology and pharmacology.

Mental health nursing is a diverse and dynamic profession working collaboratively with people experiencing a range of mental health and psychological problems, in a diverse range of settings. As well as being immensely rewarding, mental health nursing offers a range of career development and education options and the opportunity to specialise. In addition, a nursing qualification consistently provides the opportunity to work overseas.

Our new programme was commended at Approval, particularly for our integration of clinical supervision throughout the curriculum, our bold choice of learning and teaching strategies, the support we offer our students throughout the curriculum and our close working relationships with services users, charitable organisations and our local service providers.    

The course is for you if you wish to study for and become a registered nurse (Mental Health). Successful completion of the programme will enable you to apply for registration with the NMC.

100% of our most recent Mental Health Nursing students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015/16

We are excited to be offering a new programme of interprofessional education from September 2017, designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.

The programme is intended to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to provide the best person centred, compassionate, evidenced based nursing care to service users with a range of psychological and mental health problems, in extensive and diverse environments. Your programme will also furnish you with the skills that you need to become reflective, robust and resilient and will lay the foundations of lifelong learning.

As a mental health nurse you will require a wide range of both theoretical and clinical knowledge to enable you to practice safely and effectively. In order to achieve this you will undertake five modules per year; a practice module, a clinical supervision module and three mental health nursing modules. 

Theoretical modules will cover a variety of relevant subjects including law and ethics, professional issues, empathy, service users' experience of mental illness, anatomy and physiology, psychopharmacology, health promotion and working with people with learning disability and people with mental health and psychological problems. In the last stage of the programme, you will cover psychodynamic and systemic approaches to mental health and learn about specialist services and care.         

Building on our Faculty's extensive experience of interprofessional learning throughout the three years, you will also have the opportunity to work with other health and social care students within interprofessional education events. This will include both classroom based learning and simulated activities. Students from across the nine health and social care programmes will engage in shared learning as it applies to their profession to explore how interprofessional working improves outcomes for service users

Work experience

Practice placements are an integral part of the course and your programme will be divided equally between time spent in university studying, and time in a wide variety of acute, recovery and specialist placements, in hospital, community and forensic settings. During these practice experiences, you will work with children, adolescents, adults & older people with mental health and psychological problems and people with learning disabilities.

Whilst in practice you will be allocated a mentor who will organise your learning experience and assess your practice. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with other health & social care professionals and gain an understanding of their roles. To support your development and reflect upon your practice and learning, you will participate in facilitated clinical supervision throughout the programme

To enhance your placement experience you will have full access to facilities including a fully equipped Simulation Suite and a modern library. You will also have a personal computing and email account, as well as full access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) containing a wide range of learning resources.

During the second and third year of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend two semi-elective placements, when you will be able to request time at a specialist placements outside to those routinely allocated.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Mental Health Nursing Practice 1

The aim of the module is to facilitate your successful attainment of the NMC Standards for Competence and Essential Skills Cluster for Nursing Practice at progression point 1 (NMC 2010).

Group Clinical Supervision 1

The aim of this module is to facilitate groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link their practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Caring Conversations

The aim(s) of this module are to enable you to develop an understanding of more common mental health conditions and detection of these when co-existing with physical health conditions. Furthermore, you will demonstrate the ability to facilitate caring conversations with those experiencing emotional distress.

Relationships, Skills, Values & Professionalism for Mental Health Nursing

This module aims to equip you with the fundamental values and interpersonal skills necessary for contemporary mental health nursing.

Foundations in Clinical Sciences

The module aims to introduce you to fundamental knowledge in clinical sciences that underpins nursing practice. There is a sharp focus upon acquiring clinical skills and the application of knowledge in practice.

Year 2

Mental Health Nursing Practice 2

The aim of the module is to facilitate your successful attainment of the NMC Standards for Competence and Essential Skills Cluster for (Adult) Nursing Practice at progression point 2 (NMC 2010)

Group Clinical Supervision 2

The aim of this module is to facilitate groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Collaborative bio psycho - social approaches to mental health – Engagement & assessment

The module aims to develop understanding of, and empathy for, the experiences of service users experiencing serious mental health problems, and enable you to relate these too socio-economic, anthropological, political and bio-psycho-social theories. The module also aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills with regard to working collaboratively with service users and using evidence-based bio-psychosocial approaches related to collaboration, engagement, screening and assessment.

Collaborative bio psycho - social approaches to mental health - formulation and planning care

The module aims to promote the collaborative bio psychosocial formulation of service users problems as a basis upon which to plan future care. The focus is upon using evidence-based, bio-psychosocial interventions, minimising loss of social functioning and maximising social inclusion.

Collaborative bio psycho - social approaches to mental health – evidence based Interventions

The module aims to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills in delivering bio psychosocial interventions, based upon collaborative formulation of problems and care planning structured around Stress Vulnerability (bio psychosocial) Model.

Year 3

Mental Health Nursing Practice 3

The aim of the module is to facilitate your successful attainment of the NMC Standards for Competence and Essential Skills Cluster for (Adult) Nursing Practice for entry to the register (NMC 2010)

Group Clinical Supervision 3

The aim of this module is to facilitate groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Care of People with Complex Needs

The module aims to enable you to assess complex mental health disorders and biological and psychosocial determinants of health. There is a focus upon planning care, in collaboration with service users, families, carers and other professionals, which takes into account the role of the nurse as a health promoter.

Psychoanalytic & Systemic approaches to Culturally Competent Practice

The module will introduce psychoanalytic and systemic theories, and how these can inform practice. You will reflexively explore factors that influence the therapeutic relationship and develop your cultural competence, therapeutic style, communication, and emotional resilience.

Dissertation

The module will prepare you to undertake an independent study by developing a review of the literature and min research proposal.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC.

At this point there is a wide range of roles that registered mental health nurses can pursue, in services which specialise in child and adolescent and older persons mental health, crisis management, liaison psychiatry, psychosis, forensic mental health, court liaison and street triage, substance misuse and eating disorders.

Other career opportunities could involve clinical leadership, management, education or research. Additionally, there are opportunities within our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, MSc or PhD studies or commence specialist training as psychotherapists.

Fees

The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Learning takes place in a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas and is split 50/50 between university attendance and clinical practice. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a break however cannot be taken outside of the set periods.

The programme uses problem and enquiry based learning approaches alongside seminars, reflective sessions, supervision, and on-line learning activities housed within the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will receive feedback on your academic work throughout the programme and be supported in your learning by the module teaching teams as well as a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). As a full-time student you are expected to participate in extra sessions, particularly for library and study support workshops, tutorials and to engage with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include evenings, weekends, bank holidays and night duty. Whilst in practice placements you will be supported, guided, and inspired by practice mentors who have a range of experiences and skills to nurture your learning.

Academic input

The academic teaching team comprises experienced registered nurses who also hold, or are working towards, a NMC registered teaching qualification, other health and social care practitioners registered with their relevant statutory regulatory body as well as qualified lecturers in higher education. Together we are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to all aspects of the course.

The course is offered by the School of Nursing, which is committed to the delivery of evidence-based practice, and staff use their subject expertise in the content and delivery of learning and teaching. Members of the school are actively engaged in scholarship and knowledge exchange, through conference presentations, workshops, and publications, for example, which informs their teaching. Staff publications are available via Create - the University’s open access, repository.

In addition, a number of school members are clinically active and there are a number of staff who are undertaking further study including PhDs. The teaching team also have a wide range of expertise in innovative learning and teaching techniques such as online and blended learning. Where students have produced work of exceptional quality, they are encouraged to publish their work, with the help and support of their personal academic tutor.

You will undertake four 20 credit modules and 1 practice module worth 40 credits each year and will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, production of online web page, examinations, case presentations and a mini dissertation proposal.

Practice is assessed each year using the Pan London Practice Assessment Tool, which is a validated assessment tool currently used by a number universities across the country.  

GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England, and sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled. The values are applicable across all fields of health and social care, including mental health nursing, and accord with such professional guidance as the Nursing & Midwifery Council Code (NMC 2015), The Principles of Nursing Practice (RCN 2012) and the government strategy No Health without Mental Health (HMG 2011). It is therefore essential to the mental health nursing programme at CCCU that we recruit students who are able to show that they have the capacity to develop these values. Find out more about Values Based Recruitment.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found on page 154) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

You need to include full details of any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Also describe any observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit volunteeringmatters.org.uk for information.

We take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees in a professional setting, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background. Interview process: Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk, an individual interview and five mini interviews/scenarios by which they are assessed. There are a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This Mental Health Nursing course is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

You will be assessed annually in practice against the Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies and must pass this assessment.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

There is significant service user involvement in many aspects of the degree.

We work in close collaboration with Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and many other local health and social care providers.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B760

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018 (Canterbury and Medway)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.

Location

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