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Clearing 2017 via Kingston University
Clearing 2017 via Kingston University

Mental Health Nursing BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time B765 Clearing 2017
2018

Why choose this course?

Mental health nursing is a highly rewarding career where you can make a real difference. One in four people experience mental health problems in any given year, and this course prepares you to work in collaboration with service users, their relatives and carers towards recovery. It is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) so you can become a registered mental health nurse.

Half of your time on the course will be on placements and in simulation suites. Our award-winning simulation suite has twice won the Student Nursing Times Teaching Innovation of the Year award and you'll be taught by our skilled clinical and academic staff. You can take an adult insight placement to develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing and at the end of your second year you'll have the opportunity to take an elective placement nationally or internationally.

We have strong partnerships with service user and carer-led organisations. These include the Recovery College, the Sutton Carers Centre and the South West London Recovery College, where you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from mental health service users.

What you will study

You will study a mix of generic modules sharing learning with students from all fields of nursing and field-specific modules, focusing on mental health nursing. Topics include: psychosocial interventions; psychological therapies including cognitive approaches; family working; dialectical behaviour therapy; group psychotherapy; physical health care for mental health; service user perspectives on mental health; Black, Asian and minority ethnic group issues in mental health; and dementia.

Practice learning opportunities

At the end of Year 2, you will be offered an opportunity to undertake an elective placement. Our main NHS placement providers are: South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust; Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and and independent hospitals in the Priory Group. Examples of placement areas are: child and adolescent mental health services; forensic mental health services; the National Mental Health Deaf service including deaf children's mental health services; obsessive compulsive disorder services; Asperger's services; personality disorder services; older peoples' mental health services; Sutton Carers Centre; acute care and community care. 

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1

  • This module focuses on developing your knowledge of anatomy and physiology with its application to nursing, including basic pathophysiology. It will also encourage you to build on and develop your entry-level numeracy skills. You will also begin to develop your knowledge of pharmacological concepts.

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  • This module presents the core topics which underpin nursing as a person- and family-centred profession including: history, policy, values, evidence-based practice, caring, compassion, communication and relationships. It also focuses on the individual within society from a psychosocial, economic and political health perspective. The module will introduce the concept of how professionals from all fields of nursing can contribute through partnership, to meeting the needs of identified individuals, groups and communities.

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  • This module will introduce you to the foundations of mental health practice. It will examine attitudes and qualities necessary for recovery-focused and socially inclusive practice. The module will also provide an historical and contemporary appreciation of service development and an introduction to the essential conceptual frameworks underpinning contemporary mental health practice. It will introduce you to the common issues and disorders within mental health care and basic assessment processes. There will be an emphasis on the need to develop respectful and collaborative therapeutic alliances with individuals, families and carers.

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  • This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities in part one of the programme. The module focuses on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic compassionate care. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with core essential skills as identified by the NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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Year 2

  • This module further develops your understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making, within the framework of the '6Cs' and evidence-based practice. This module explores the actions a nurse takes to ensure that each person receives appropriate person-centred care, treatment and support. This module examines both acute care and long-term conditions across the life span and related to all nursing fields. It introduces you to the concept of clinical judgement in relation to the individual, family or community responses to actual or potential health needs / life processes and care delivery as an expression of person-centred nursing practice.

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  • This module focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safe and competent practice in regards to implementing and evaluating a range of evidence-based care interventions within a variety of mental health settings. The module will give you the opportunity to develop and practise your knowledge and skills on a wide variety of key evidence-based interventions that are designed to meet the holistic needs of service users and carers. You will be able to explore the importance of measuring outcomes in care and evaluating the clinical effectiveness of their own performances through reflective practice.

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  • This module focuses upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work collaboratively with mental health service users. Content will centre on health promotion and physical health, including medication issues. The concept of shared decision making will underpin all interaction and intervention.

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  • This module will be delivered in part two of the programme. The module prepares you for your Practice Learning Opportunity (PLO). It focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care in partnership with the client. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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Year 3

  • This capstone module will enable you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth. It will draw on evidence of learning and development compiled throughout the programme. It will foster the development and application of leadership, management and team working concepts required for clinical practice. This module will enable you to reflect on the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to a Registered Mental Health Nurse.

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  • This module will enable you to develop assessment and intervention skills with a range of client groups with complex needs. It will critically examine contemporary and future policy and practice provision, including specialist services and the complexity of multi-agency working in this area of health and social care.

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  • This module is designed to enable you to further develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge regarding searching for, appraising, evaluating and applying evidence-based practice to ensure a life-long focus on best care at all times for your particular patient/client group. The module will also enable you to systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on the reviewed evidence in their field-specific areas of practice.

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  • This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities (PLO) and final sign-off placement. The module focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs. The module aims to develop your clinical competence and confidence prior to registration. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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Constants/themes throughout the programme

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole programme:

Professional values

  • The '6Cs'
  • Quality of life
  • Safeguarding and risk
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice

Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Study skills
  • Managing and maintaining relationships
  • Ethics and law
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Psychology/behavioural sciences

Nursing practice and decision-making

  • Numeracy
  • Pharmacology and medicines management
  • Care needs across the life span
  • Life sciences
  • Nursing skills
  • Creativity and problem solving skills
  • Research and evidence-based practice

Leadership, management and team working

  • Interprofessional working
  • Clinical governance
  • Employability

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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