Poverty, austerity and the pressures of modern-day living are making mental health issues ever more visible in the UK today. Indeed, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. Through your skills in compassion, communication and problem solving, you can make a real difference to the many lives affected by this growing concern. We're looking for mature, compassionate, intelligent people who can handle intensive emotions and manage competing demands.
Our two-year course is open to graduates in any subject who are seeking a career as a mental health nurse. Our intake is extremely diverse and we welcome people from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. Life experience is one of the most significant contributing factors to becoming an effective mental health nurse. We are seeking students who can demonstrate a passion for helping others, demonstrate empathy, warmth and care coupled with the ability to collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams and advocate on behalf of clients and their families/carers in a highly sensitive area of healthcare. Confidence in dealing with people as well as good communication and observation skills are key - if this sounds like you then we encourage you to apply.
In addition to developing your core nursing skills, the course will build your knowledge of professional and ethical practice. Developed in close consultation with our trust partners (both acute and primary care), service users and students, this innovative diploma consists of 50% theory and 50% practice.
Placements in some of London's most prestigious mental health organisations – dealing with issues around ethnic minorities, homelessness, sex workers and prisoners – will enable you to put your learning into practice, and work in conjunction with a plethora of the sector's leading professionals. Many students gain future employment with one of their placement hosts.
Mental health nursing at Middlesex University
Filmed by Middlesex University
Supported by Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust
Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Service user perspective on Mental Health Nursing
Filmed by the Royal College of Nursing
NHS Nursing Careers - a career in mental health nursing
The course consists of 50% theory and 50% practice.
You will receive APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning)/APEL (Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning) for the following modules, in recognition of your previous study and relevant experience:
This module will provide the graduate with an introduction to the field of mental health nursing practice. It will examine key mental health conditions in depth and explore concepts such as health promotion and recovery, and key factors that influence these conditions e.g. social, biological, psychological and political. The graduate will be able to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, aetiology and onset, progression of the condition and prognosis.
This module is linked with MHR4050 and aims to develop and enhance the skills required by a graduate mental health nurse to be effective in working with mental health service users/carers. The module will develop the graduate s ability to plan holistic care using evidence based interventions/approaches, taking into account underpinning legal and ethical issues in order to promote recovery and social inclusion. Graduates will progress their understanding of partnership working with patients/clients/carers/agencies, and be encouraged to challenge their own values, attitudes and prejudices, in order to develop their capability to respect diversity and challenge inequality in mental health care.
Because this programme is delivered in two years instead of three, all applicants will need to meet Accredited Prior Learning requirements and to do so will need to demonstrate health-related experience. More detailed information on Accredited Prior Learning and how it is applied can be found here.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references.
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer existing offers for this programme to the next possible start date.
Following the removal of the bursary and changes to the funding of these programmes, we are awaiting further guidance from our commissioning partners on changes to the eligibility criteria and allocation of places for international fee paying students.
If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a maths and English test at either Royal Free or Hendon University's campus. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our Maths and English GCSE application requirements. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
If you pass these tests, you will be invited to attend an interview.
If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements.
If you are invited to interview, we strongly recommend that you prepare well. We would recommend familiarising yourself with the main nursing journals such as Nursing Standard or Nursing, as well as the specific requirements of the field of nursing you have chosen.
We will be considering the criteria listed below through a variety of methods such as direct questioning and observation. The essential skills and qualities are:
Additionally, the desired skills and qualities are:
Before you apply, see if nursing is the right choice for you. We have listed some of the personal qualities we expect our nursing students to demonstrate both at interview and throughout the course.
Choosing to become a mental health nurse is incredibly rewarding - it is also complex and challenging. As a career, mental health nursing is meaningful, interesting, flexible and varied and at its heart, it is about supporting people experiencing mental distress to recover and live the best lives possible. Your main skill as a mental health nurse is the ability to connect to other people and to help them to improve their overall wellbeing. The therapeutic relationship that you make with the people you support and those who care for them is critical to helping them to manage their experience of mental ill health and the stigma which can accompany it.
Take a personality quiz to help you determine whether you might become a good mental health nurse.
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is found in on the right column on this screen.
Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
On successful completion of the course, students are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing. You will receive career guidance from a professional development tutor and take part in a workshop to discuss jobs opportunities within the various trusts. With many well-paid nursing jobs in both the NHS and private sector, you might also find employment in teaching, research or educational outreach.
Opportunities in the mental health sector offer great variety. Nurses are required in settings such as prisons, hospitals, GP surgeries, charities, the armed forces and the community. You can work with people of all ages – from children and adolescents right up the elderly, for whom you might oversee the pioneering techniques emerging in dementia care.
Employment prospects in the nursing field are excellent with almost 90% of our students finding employment six months after graduation. Career progression may involve moving into a management position, consultancy work or developing a specialism in an area such as substance misuse. Furthermore, there is the potential for you to transfer your skills and experience overseas, with posts in both paid and voluntary capacities.
The funding of health education is going through a transition period from student bursaries to student loans, and from 1 August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students on pre-registration undergraduate and post-graduate courses will receive their tuition funding and financial support through the standard student support system.
However, in response to a consultation on the funding reforms, the Government has extended the existing bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for students commencing a postgraduate pre-registration programme in the 2017/18 academic. This will cover a capped number of pre-registration places.
For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The Funding Clinic website. Information on NHS bursaries can be found on the NHS website.