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Mental Health Nursing BSc(Hons)

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

Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.

Why choose this course?

  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Our partnership with The South West London Recovery College offers you the opportunity to learn from and with mental health service users.
  • Our mental health ward simulations received the Nursing Times Award in 2012 for 'Innovation in mental health teaching'.
  • An adult insight placement will help you develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your second year. In the UK, students have worked in a wide range of settings including Broadmoor Hospital.

About mental health nursing

The focus of mental health nursing is on the person, who is placed at the centre of care. Mental health nurses work in partnership with people to enable them to identify strategies for coping and overcoming their illness. The focus of mental health nursing is on recovery enabling the person to attain a desired quality of life. Mental health nurses work to challenge out of date views regarding mental illness and help service users cope with the stigma that is still present in today's society.

What you will study

Mental health nursing is underpinned by the notion of 'recovery', and you will work collaboratively with service users to build on their strengths and manage their problems to encourage the best quality of life.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the foundations of nursing and healthcare; while in the second year you will develop your understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision-making. You will examine holistic care across the life span related to all nursing fields and then build on this further, focusing on mental health nursing in a range of settings.

In your final year you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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