Nursing Studies: Mental Health Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing: Mental Health Nursing 2016/17

This is a three year full-time programme in Mental Health Nursing. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of BSc (Honours) Nursing (Mental Health) with eligibility for entry onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview. 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.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found here ) 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 regarding 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 what 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 CSV (Community Service Volunteers). Visit  www.csv.org.uk for information.

We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.

If the screening of your UCAS form is successful then you will be invited to a selection day. They are held in blocks twice a year and the day consists of introductory talks, literacy and numeracy tests, a group discussion and an interview. The interview panel usually consists of an Adult Nursing lecturer and a practising nurse. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:

  • 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 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).

Students are required to complete and pass all academic and practice assessments in order to be eligible for NMC registration. On successful completion of the programme and registration with the NMC, students are able to apply for employment within many mental health clinical and social care settings. Mental health care is a dynamic activity and takes place wherever the service need is established.

The aim of this programme therefore is to prepare the student to be a safe, compassionate, reflective and highly competent mental health nurse in whatever clinical area they choose to start their career.

Whilst in University, a variety of teaching methods are used throughout their programme. These range from taught sessions using Power Point presentations; group discussions; debates, seminar groups; active skills rehearsal/role play; group clinical supervision and student/peer presentations. If students have a particular learning need such as dyslexia, a teaching support plan will be prepared for them to aid their learning. Whilst in clinical practice, they learn by observing and undertaking supervised nursing tasks and duties. In each of their placements, they are allocated an experienced registered mental health nurse (except in areas where they are allocated an alternative registered professional such as a registered general nurse).

Throughout their three year programme, they will have had direct experience of working with mental health service users and hearing their personal accounts of what it really means to suffer from an enduring mental illness since these informal educators will co-deliver some of their taught sessions.

Students are assessed throughout their three-year programme. They need to pass both the theory and the clinical practice for every module in order to pass through each progression point that is at the end of each year. The theory is assessed through a variety of ways. These include written assignments, oral presentations and unseen examinations.

Clinical practice is assessed by students’ mentors throughout each placement and by the end of each year they need to have passed each of the skills that are itemised in a practice document they are given that includes the Assessment of Practice Tool (APT). Throughout their three years, feedback on their clinical skills is taken from the people they are caring for and their families. Service Users and carers will assess you and their feedback is vital in determining whether you are successful on the programme and whether you can progress from one year to the next.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview. 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.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found here) 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 regarding 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 what 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 referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.

If the screening of your UCAS form is successful then you will be invited to a selection day. They are held in blocks twice a year and the day consists of introductory talks, literacy and numeracy tests, a group discussion and an interview. The interview panel usually consists of a Mental Health Nursing lecturer and a practising nurse. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:

  • 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 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).

Fees

2015/16 and 2016/17

All places on this course for entry in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 are NHS bursary funded for Home and EU students only.

There are no tuition fees payable and you may be eligible for a maintenance bursary:

2017/18

We recognise that in the Government’s Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, changes are going to be made to the funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration education for the academic year 2017/18.

Full details are to be confirmed by the Government and we will update our web pages as information becomes available.

The current information detailed in the Government’s Department of Health NHS Bursary Reform Paper issued on 9th December states that:

  • From 1st August 2017 new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students.
  • Under the loans system, students on nursing, midwifery and allied health courses will receive around a 25% increase in the financial support available to them for living costs. The precise change for individuals will be dependent on their circumstances – for example, where they study, the length of the course, income and residency.
  • The Department of Health intends that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree will also be able to get student loans.
  • Repayment terms are expected to be the same as for students on the standard loans system. Graduates become eligible to pay back their loans in the April after they graduate, and then they will have to pay back only 9% of their earnings over £21,000 per year. For example a graduate on a salary of £21,700 per year would pay £5.25 per month. If income drops below £21,000 for any reason, for example part-time working or a career break, repayments stop. Any outstanding balance on student loans is written off by the government 30 years after the graduate becomes eligible for repayment (in the April after graduation).

The Council of Deans of Health has also issued some background information for students. View the website for further details.

The Government has not announced any changes to funding for students applying to study in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

  • Students on this programme may incur travel and accommodation costs whilst on placement. These costs can be reclaimed by students from the NHSBSA.
  • Students on this programme will also be required to wear uniform in practice whilst on placement. The cost of the uniform is funded by the NHS.  

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B760

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2016 (Canterbury)

    April 2017 (Medway)

    Please note: April 2017 is the final April intake. From September 2017, all future intakes will be September only.

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent
    GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.
    More entry requirement details.

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