Mental health nurses help patients understand and manage their condition, take positive steps towards recovery, and minimise the impact of their mental health on everyday life.
Working in community or hospital settings, you will support patients of all ages and backgrounds, with diverse conditions such as anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, OCD, perinatal depression and more.
This three-year degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and provides the opportunity to train in one of London's leading departments for nursing.
You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to start your career with confidence, due to the wide range of professional experiences built into your training.
- Benefit from diverse clinical placements at East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Practise your skills in our well-equipped Clinical Skills Centre, before transferring these skills to real life settings
- Spend approximately half your time on clinical placement, understanding the journeys of service users including older people, children, the severely ill and those in recovery
- Learn from leading academics, active researchers, clinicians and experts in mental health nursing, to gain up-to-date insights about professional practice.
This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC, which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.
Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.
During the three years of your degree, you'll develop the skills to care professionally and compassionately for people with mental health issues, through a combination of theory, practise and clinical experience.
Focus on the foundations for nursing practice and learn about the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Take the first of your practice placements.
Foundations of Evidence Informed Nursing Practice (30 credits)
This module is the foundation for developing your nursing practice and professional identity. The module will enable you to explore the fundamental principles of nursing and become a reflective and independent learner.
Foundations of Biological Sciences for Nursing Practice ( 30 Credits )
The aim of the module is to provide you with a variety of learning experiences in applied biological sciences theory. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop a knowledge and understanding of biological concepts that are key to understanding nursing care.
Biopsychosocial Development Across the Lifecourse ( 30 Credits )
This module aims to offer you an understanding of the biopsychosocial model across the life course so that you have an appreciation of how people develop and what influences this development.
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Integrated Care ( 15 Credits )
In this module you will learn the integration between the physical and psychological challenges that people may face. You will examine where these challenges may result in ill health and how healthcare staff can prevent or manage such effects.
Practice 1- Foundations for Nursing Care ( 15 Credits )
The module will consider a range of subject areas relevant to physical and mental healthcare across the lifespan that will contribute to your development as a registered nurse within your field of practice.
Explore person-centered care in the context of acute and long-term care. Pursue specific clinical interests related to mental health nursing on a two-week elective practice placement in addition to core clinical placements.
Promotion of Wellbeing and Prevention of Ill-Health Across Health and Social Care ( 15 credits )
This module will provide you with an overview of primary and secondary level initiatives to prevent disease and injury, as well as an understanding of theories, policies and practice relating to health promotion.
Acute Care Management (15 credits)
This module will assist you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise, manage and care for service users and carers that are experiencing an acute health event. This could affect their physical or mental health or a combination of both.
Working Collaboratively with People with Long Term Conditions (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and values to support people experiencing long term care and to understand how people live with, make sense of, and self-manage long term conditions.
Pathophysiology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice (30 credits)
This module will build upon your biological sciences knowledge and will focus on pathophysiology and therapeutic interventions across a range of relevant disorders. This will develop your understanding of the essential biological principles necessary to provide safe, effective integrated nursing care.
Critical Use of Evidence to Inform Decision Making in Practice (15 credits)
This module will provide you with an introduction to the critical use of evidence to inform decisions you make in practice. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to support decision making when clinical questions arise in your own practice.
Practice 2- Applying Knowledge and Skills for Person-Centred Care for Practice (15 credits)
This module aims to integrate both the Simulated Practice and your placement learning experience. This will enable you to further develop and build upon your professional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes so you can effectively provide safe, person-centred care.
Making a Difference: Research and Development in Care for Older People (Adult and Mental Health) (15 credits)
This module explores the lessons learnt from research and development aimed at improving care for older people. The intention is to inspire you to become the future leaders of dignified and compassionate health and social care for older people.
Family Centred Practice: Challenging Perspectives of Risk and Resilience (All fields) (15 credits)
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the actual and potential role of the nurse in leading and implementing family centred health promotion and prevention.
Communities and Health (All fields) (15 credits)
This module aims to give you an understanding of how people within communities can improve their health and where solutions to health problems are not solely about the provision of traditional services in the community.
Engaging Technology in Health and Social Care (Adult and Mental Health) (15 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the concepts and developments of health and social care practice involving technology based assistive devices (Telehealth (TH), Telecare (TC) and Telemedicine (TM)).
Contemporary Issues in Sex and Sexuality (All fields) (15 credits)
As it is essential that nurses have a baseline understanding of sexual health issues, this module will improve knowledge, develop skills, challenge understanding and enable you to share experiences with your cohort. Topics include gender identity, sexual disorders, and promoting sexual health.
Global Health (All fields) (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the key challenges and concepts that influence global health. You will gain a perspective on health exploring current and emerging transnational issues related to population’s health and wellbeing.
Contemporary Issues within Adolescent Health (All fields) (15 credits)
This module will enable students across all nursing fields to explore the wider and local issues that impact on adolescent health. There is also the opportunity for an off-site trip to a specialist adolescent unit and meet staff working within this specialist area.
Understanding and Caring for People who Use Substances (Adult and Mental Health) (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop an in-depth understanding of the causes and consequences of substance use within a biopsychosocial context. You will develop this knowledge further in order that you can apply this knowledge when encountering people who use substances.
Preparing for Specialist Practice in Primary and Community Care (All) (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the specialist roles relevant to your field of practice in community and public health nursing.
Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health (Mental Health) (15 credits)
This module will build on your previous learning of the fundamentals of biopsychosocial approaches to health. You will consider how early experiences impact on individuals and families and explore psychological and social perspectives on mental health and well-being and the impact on recovery.
Learn about leading and managing in professional practice and becoming a proficient practitioner. Complete a 6,000-word dissertation and spend the final 12 weeks of the course in practice.
Leading and Managing Others (15 credits)
The intention of this module is to support and guide you in the development of the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage others to deliver high quality health care for all service users, carers and families.
Integrated Approaches to Complex Care (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to prepare you to work in partnership with people with complex needs, their family and/or friends, and other professionals across health and social care, across varied health and care settings, and throughout the life course.
Principles of Prescribing (30 credits)
This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge to complete prescribing qualification once you have registered and have attained sufficient competency. This will involve using evidence-based interventions to maximise the therapeutic benefits and minimise adverse effects of medicines.
Developing Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Professional Practice (15 credits)
The purpose of this module is to expand your knowledge, skills and critical understanding of advance practice intervention to perform all required nursing procedures and effectively manage devices safely while meeting people’s needs with compassion, supported with evidence based, person-centred care.
Dissertation (30 credits)
This module will enable you to build on the research knowledge of adult nursing and apply critical appraisal skills through undertaking a review of the research literature on a policy or clinically relevant question in a systematic way, written up as a dissertation.
Practice 3- Preparing to be a Proficient Practitioner (15 credits)
This module will also focus on the importance of valuing your own personal development and will encourage you to critical reflective and evaluate your learning as you prepare to be a registered nurse.
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Teaching and assessment
You will be taught by academics who are leading practitioners and researchers within the mental health sector. We have one of the most active mental health research centres in the UK, which informs mental health practice and policy and the curriculum you will be taught. This means that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills relevant to today’s practice.
You will learn through a blended approach which includes face-to-face and online teaching and learning, e.g. lectures; facilitated group work; laboratory practicals; enquiry based learning; practice experience; simulated practice; guided independent study; student directed learning and online learning.
We understand that mental health nursing is a challenging subject for students; we are committed to supporting you throughout your course.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
- Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
- Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
- Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Overall the programme hours are 2475 theory and 2512.5 practice experience.
When in practice you will work the equivalent of 37.5 hours per week
Theoretical hours will consist of approximately 22 direct contact hours per 150 total hours allocated for each 15 credit module
In the remaining theoretical hours you will be expected to pursue guided independent study and self-directed study, some of which may be online.
Time is also allocated within the programme for you to complete your assessments.
The following proportions are indicative and are based on the 2019/20 academic year.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
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Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas (additional registration maybe required in some countries).
Our graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects, working as registered mental health nurses in the NHS and beyond.
As well as a career as a mental health nurse, you can progress to:
- health and social care
- advising on policy and quality of care
- academic teaching and research.
You can also go onto further study at master's level including an MSc Advanced Practice degree at City.
How to apply
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Applications for this course have now closed.
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You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
The School of Health Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process, you can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
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