Nurses are the largest profession working in mental health services. With a quarter of the population thought to have some form of mental health issues, it's clear that nurses have an essential role in supporting people. As a mental health nurse, you’ll have the vital and challenging role of establishing therapeutic relationships with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. This pre-registration course gives you the essential skills to make evidence-based interventions and provide care, while respecting and valuing the aspirations of individuals with mental health challenges.
As with our other nursing courses, you’ll spend half your time on placements in clinical settings, putting what you’ve learned into practice.
Mental Health nurses have a vital and challenging role in establishing therapeutic relationships with individuals who experience mental health problems.
You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including GPs psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and healthcare assistants.
100% of our Mental Health Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).
The course entitles you to apply for registration as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of fascinating and rewarding career options for both work and advancement in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes and rehabilitation units. There are a variety of mental health fields a registered nurse can pursue a career in and these include; Staff Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Nurse, Nurse Practitioners or Specialists, Modern Matrons and Consultant Nurse. Some individuals advance to become senior managers, researchers and educators.
100% of our mental health nursing students go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduating.
Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom-based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa.
During your placements you will undertake:
Your time at the University will be spent in:
In your final year, you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.
Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire and North London and in other settings including the private and voluntary sectors. There is the opportunity to learn with and from people in the community and in hospitals where mental health nursing is delivered. The placement experiences are wide and varied. An elective/alternative placement is offered at the end of the second year which gives you the opportunity to gain mental health experience elsewhere in the UK, abroad, or in specialised regional and national centres of excellence.
|An Introduction to Interprofessional Education||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Learning for Professional Development I||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|The Personal Journey in Mental Health Nursing 1||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Professional Aspects of Care||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Concepts and Theories for Mental Health and Wellbeing||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Developing Health and Wellbeing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Essentials of Mental Health Nursing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Research and the Evidence Base for Mental Health Nursing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Mental Health Nursing Practice 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Learning for Professional Development III||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|The Challenge of Mental Health Nursing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|The Personal Journey in Mental Health Nursing III||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care||30 Credits||Compulsory|
Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.
Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.
The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.
For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.
Due to the nature of your programme, your studies are likely to continue over the summer period, requiring an extended period of accommodation on campus. There are 2 accommodation options available to you:
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.