The relationship between a person with a mental illness and the nurse is central to helping them back to mental health. This course emphasises the development of appropriate communication and interpersonal skills through interactive learning in practice settings such as hospitals, prisons, service users’ homes, residential centres, specialist clinics and other community settings.
This course leads to both an Honours degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, allowing you to practise as a mental health nurse and in accordance with the NHS Constitution.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Study areas including: therapeutic models and interventions in mental health nursing; the recovery approach to person-centred care, health research and evidence-based care; and mental health care through the lifespan
- Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours needed to meet the demands of mental health nursing in an evolving healthcare system
- Gain the skills to provide safe, effective nursing care – meeting the needs of people with a mental health problem – keeping service users and their families at the centre
- Explore the value of inter-professional working, developing and using leadership and teamwork skills to influence practice
- Benefit from a course that prepares you for challenging and rewarding careers in the UK and overseas in: acute in-patient mental health care, community-based mental health care, residential care settings or specialisms (e.g. secure care, assertive outreach, drug and alcohol services)
- Students will learn and develop safe and effective nursing care that meets the holistic needs of people with a mental health problem, both through simulation and in a variety of practice settings. They will be able to adapt learnt skills to the individual situation, keeping the service user and family at the centre of their nursing practice.
Looking to the future, the graduate mental health nurse will recognise the value of inter-professional working, using skills of leadership and teamwork alongside excellent nursing principles to influence contemporary and future practice.
On completion of this course you are likely to progress into the following areas of practice:
- Acute in-patient mental health care
- Community based mental health care
- Specialist areas of practice (e.g. secure care, assertive outreach, drug and alcohol services)
- Residential care settings
- This course will be the first step in a process of lifelong learning and professional development. Once qualified, practitioners will be able to access a wide range of health and social care courses leading to specialist, master’s degree or doctoral degree qualifications.