As a society, we generally find it much easier to talk about being physically unwell than about mental ill health. Mental illness requires just as much care as physical illness – sometimes even more so. Being a mental health nurse means you’ll be crucial in helping people get their lives back on track.
Whether you have a personal experience with people with mental illness or simply want to help those who struggle day-to-day, you can apply to be a mental health nurse. You will help people get through their illness, whether it is anxiety, depression, psychotic disturbances, paranoia, dementia or other disorders affecting older people.
Nursing involves more than practice. You’ll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to design strategies for the collection and analysis of scholarly material relating to nursing care, as well as being able to identify nursing issues from a wide perspective. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.
Our nursing courses are split 50/50, one half is spent at the University studying and the other half is spent on practice placement with our practice partner including NHS trusts, independent and non-statutory health care providers.
We make sure that you’ll have the knowledge and the confidence to work as a nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.
Our team of experienced lecturers have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, from child mental health to dementia and cognitive behavioural therapy to community mental health care and acute mental health inpatient care. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding and dementia.
When you go out into practice, a clinical staff member in the workplace will provide mentorship, supervise your experience, and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course. All other health professionals and staff members will also contribute to your learning experience, so you have the opportunity to engage with the multi-disciplinary team.
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and be able to practice in the UK. Opportunities for mental health nursing are continually expanding. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre or an integrated community team.
We’ve been running nursing courses for many years and have a high rate of employability. 94 per cent of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating*. Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
Nursing itself is a broad area and you’ll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:
- General practice surgeries as a mental health nurse
- Community settings, for example Home Treatment team, Recovery Service
- Nursing homes
- Mental health services
- Forensic mental health services including High Secure Services
- Private health care providers
- Prison nursing
- The armed forces
- Teaching and assessing roles
- Working abroad
- Researcher- promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice.