Mental Health Nursing Postgrad Diploma
The Mental Health Nursing Postgraduate Diploma prepares you for a rewarding career in mental health nursing. As a mental health nurse you can make a real difference to the lives of people of all ages who experience mental health problems.
Mental health nursing focuses on the provision of holistic care that enables people with mental health problems to be physically safe and emotionally secure. It is all about helping people to make positive changes to their lives and about supporting them on their journey of recovery.
Who is the course for?
The postgraduate Mental Health Nursing diploma course is for students who are committed to mental health nursing as a career. You will need:
- Excellent people skills.
- Good communication skills.
- Dedication and a commitment to the essence of mental health care.
- Confidence to work in a challenging and stressful environment.
- To be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
- Desire to combat the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Why study Mental Health Nursing at City University London?
- Fast track into a career in mental health nursing by completing the pre-registration qualification in two years.
- Broaden your knowledge through a range of clinical placements which take place mainly within the East London NHS Foundation Trust covering the diverse communities in that area.
- Learn via our flexible and innovative virtual learning environments and clinical skills platforms - ensuring you are prepared for a hospital environment.
- Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and entry to a respected profession.
- Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries from the NHS are also available.
Johanna El-Tohami is studying the Mental Health Nursing Postgraduate Diploma At City University London. Here she talks about her background and what inspired her to start the course, as well as her experiences and placements so far:
The RCN Mental Health Nursing Forum has produced a video on Mental Health Nursing, showing the importance of mental health nurses and the often invisible but vital skills they bring to the care and treatment of services users.
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.
Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a first or second class honours degree, applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues.
Applicants must demonstrate competency in spoken and written English and numeracy through GCSE Maths and English at A*-C.
We also take into account previous work experience.
You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced Criminal records checks. Academic and character references are also required. Successful completion of Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is required.
For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
IELTS: 7.0 overall; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections
TOEFL: 110 internet-based total
GCSE: English language grade C
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2013
- Full-time: two year course or two years and up to 21 additional weeks depending upon previous clinical experience. You are required to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to reduce the course length to a maximum of two years and 21 weeks and can apply for further accreditation (APL) to reduce the course to a minimum of two years. The course is a route through the standard three year BSc Nursing programme.
During the Mental Health Nursing diploma course you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience. At City you will gain experience of care delivery across a range of settings and environments in East London. You will have a unique opportunity to learn how to provide culturally sensitive care within a diverse world city.
This postgraduate degree is delivered by experts who are leaders in the field of mental health nursing practice, education and research.
Your learning will draw on areas including nursing, psychology, sociology and biology in order for you to develop your communication and evidence based clinical skills.
Our curriculum focuses on relationship centred care and will support you to develop effective working relationships with patients, service users, families and professional colleagues.
Teaching and Assessment
The teaching on the Mental Health Nursing diploma course includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.
We are also using an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.
Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the Postgraduate Diploma, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays or seminars.
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.
You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. This mainly takes place within the East London NHS Foundation Trust covering the diverse communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
Your clinical experience supports you to explore the service user's journey - which can include older people, the mentally ill, those who are working on recovery, as well as those detained in secure settings. For the majority of the course we use an approach called client attachment rather than location based placements.
Successful Nursing diploma graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification and will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The Postgraduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities.