The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health field) at Middlesex University offers graduates of courses other than nursing the opportunity to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Mental Health Nurse. This new course has been developed with clinical colleagues and enables you to gain nursing registration in two years (with accreditation).
Graduate entry nursing programmes are becoming increasingly important in the UK as the health sector requires nurses to take on higher-level responsibilities and recognises the value of prior academic and related work experience among those studying nurses courses.
The course offers flexible entry routes to graduates from health and non-health related subjects, recognising previous academic experience (APL). It also recognises learning from experience within the workplace, for students who may have undertaken graduate studies and continued their learning within the workplace (APEL).
Why become a mental health nurse?
our main skill as a mental health nurse is your ability to connect to other people and to help them to improve their overall wellbeing. The therapeutic relationships that you make with the people you support, and their families and friends are critical to helping people manage their experience of mental ill health and the stigma which can accompany it. Choosing to become a mental health nurse is 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.
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.
Take a personality quiz to help you determine whether you might become a good mental health nurse.
At least one in four people will experience mental distress and nurses are a vital part of their recovery. Our Pg Dip course will support you to develop the knowledge and confidence to help others and succeed in this exciting profession.
What you bring to nursing as a graduate:
Critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills which are embedded in undergraduate education and transfer to nursing education and practice, as well as specific knowledge from your first degree, and possibly work/career experience.
Why study Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health) at Middlesex?
We focus on building vital professional experience and 50% of study time is spent on placement in nursing settings. Many of our students also secure their first job with a placement host. Through your studies you will learn to assess clients effectively, build knowledge of mental health treatment interventions, and learn to develop successful care plans.
Highlights include the following:
- We have outstanding employment results and the profession offers excellent progression
- Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a separate building set up to deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients
- You will graduate with professional status as a registered mental health nurse
- We have excellent relationships with mental health trusts across London, ensuring our course teaches pioneering nursing practices
You can view this video by the Royal College of Nursing to see a service user perspective on mental health nursing
The course consists of 50% theory and 50% practice. The proposed modules are listed below. You will be taught separately from the undergraduate nursing groups.
You will receive APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning)/APEL (Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning) for the following modules, in recogition of your previous study and relevant experience:
- Graduate and Transferable Skills in Postgraduate Studies (30 credits)
- Health and Social Sciences Research Approaches (30 credits)
- Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice (30 credits)
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
In according with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you will also need GCSE maths and English at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
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 Please follow the link above to download our Frequently Asked Questions on Prior Accreditation sheet for more detailed information on Accredited Prior Learning and how it is applied.
Before you apply, you should consider whether nursing is the right choice for you. In the Application tab, we list some of the personal qualities we expect our nursing students to demonstrate both at interview and throughout the course.
For nursing and midwifery courses you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK, throughout the three years preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course for purposes other than full-time education AND have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. There must be no restrictions on your length of stay in the UK. You must be ordinarily resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northen Ireland. EU students are usually eligible to study nursing but may not receive full financial support.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references.
What makes a good mental health nurse?
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.
Application and interview process
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. 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 the right column on this screen.Our admissions team will then consider your application, and we will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
- If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
- 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 branch 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:
- Basic knowledge and awareness of chosen branch of nursing
- Able to demonstrate non-judgemental approach and cultural awareness
- Evidence of personal awareness, empathy and caring approach
- Clear and coherent communication skills
- Time management skills
- Awareness of challenges during the course and coping strategies.
Additionally, the desired skills and qualities are:
- Experienced gained of caring for others
- Awareness of qualified nurse role and responsibilities in specified branch
- Knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of working in teams.
There are many well-paid nursing jobs within both the NHS and private sector. The skills you will bring into the degree may enable you to progress quicker up the Nursing career ladder. The table below shows a selection of nursing jobs in the NHS and their associated salaries. If you work in the private sector, you may earn even more.
|Job Title||Salary Range|
|Entry Level Nurse||£25.4K to £33K|
|Nurse Specialist||£30.6K to £40.4K|
|Nurse Team Leader||£30.6K to £40.4K|
|Health Visitor||£30.6K to £40.4K|
|Nurse Advanced||£36.6K to £46.4K|
|Nurse Team Manager||£36.6K to £46.4K|
|Health Visitor Specialist||£36.6K to £46.4K|
|Modern Matron||£45.1K to £52.8K|
|Nurse Consultant||£45.1K to £73.4K|
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
Tina Moore is the course leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at Middlesex. A published author and key note speaker at nursing conferences, Tina is also actively undertaking research in areas including experiences of the acutely/critically ill patient, nursing values and clinical competences in relation to the acutely/critically ill.
Click here to view Tina's full staff profile
No tuition fees are payable for Pg Dip Nursing for 2014 entry.
Pg Dip Nursing students who satisfy the conditions for eligibility are entitled to a non-means tested bursary and may be able to apply for a means tested bursary from the NHS, and a reduced rate student loan from Student Finance England. You may also be able to get extra money for dependants and help towards childcare costs as well as some money towards travel costs. Please note this information was correct for September 2013 entry and is subject to change for September 2014 entry.
You can apply for your student loan via the Directgov website, but you must remember to tick the box that says that you have applied for an income assessed NHS bursary.