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City to launch new dual registration mental health and adult nursing MSc

Course is the first of its kind in the UK


The School of Health Sciences is the first in the UK to launch a new master’s level degree that will lead to dual registration as a mental health and adult nurse.

With dual registration courses currently only existing at undergraduate level, the pre-registration course commissioned by workforce planning body Health Education England will see students receive 50 per cent of their theory and practice hours focused on adult nursing and the other half on mental health nursing.

The aim of the degree is to help address the concern that adult nurses are not being trained with sufficient mental health knowledge, and that mental health nurses do not have enough understanding of physical health – despite the fact patients often had both types of health problems.

Speaking to the Nursing Times about the new course, Julie Attenborough, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences, said:

“We know mental health illness has such a big impact on the physical health of people. So they are much more likely to have diabetes or heart conditions… Conversely, people with a long term physical health condition are more likely to suffer from mental health problems.

“From their point of view of East London NHS Foundation Trust, in an acute ward in a London hospital – where you might have to bring in an agency nurse to work with someone who has mental health problems who happens to be on a cardiac ward – being able to employ somebody who already has those skills is very attractive.”

A total of 10 students are expected to begin the course this September, which requires at least a 2:2 grade from a previous degree of any type and a minimum of 500 practice hours in a clinical setting. In addition, three students who are already studying at the School for a postgraduate diploma in nursing have already been able to “top up” their qualification and begin the master’s programme.

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