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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc Honours

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Code
B760
Start
17 September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Ruairi Mulhern

Mental health conditions are a lot more prevalent than people realise. However, both mental health conditions and mental health nursing are often poorly understood. Mental health nursing is a challenging, yet rewarding profession and we warmly welcome applications from well-qualified candidates.

Why study BSc Nursing (Mental Health) at Middlesex University?

Your main skill as a mental health nurse is your ability to connect to other people and to help them to improve their overall well-being. 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.

At least one in four people will experience mental distress and nurses are a vital part of their recovery, our BSc degree course will support you to develop the knowledge and confidence to help others and succeed in this exciting profession.

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.

Course highlights

  • In the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), 98% of our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) students reported being satisfied with the teaching on their course
  • We have outstanding employment results and the profession offers excellent progression
  • Your studies are supported by state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a building set up to deliver high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with the seriously ill
  • 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
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Nursing (Mental Health)?

Our course values practical application of skills in real-life settings as a vital part of nursing training, therefore 50% of your study time is spent on placement. You will develop a detailed understanding of severe and enduring mental health conditions, which include dual diagnosis, psychoses, child and adolescent mental health and dementia.

What will you gain?

The role of a mental health nurse requires working in multi-disciplinary health and social care teams to jointly examine behavioural, emotional and cognitive responses and you will develop the confidence and communication skills to work effectively in collaboration.

You will develop a holistic method to the assessment and planning of care using an evidence based approach, helping clients to manage their lives independently.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations for Field of Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module begins developing the skills required to become a graduate, autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides a foundation from which the identified skills can be developed in relation to the field of nursing practice. These skills will be studied throughout the programme and beyond, in the world of work. In addition, this module will specifically introduce the principles of mental health theory and practice.

    • Foundations for Nursing Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you with knowledge in essential biological concepts and evidence based nursing skills. Essential biological concepts included are human anatomy and physiology, microbiology / infection control, and pharmacology. Evidence based nursing skills encompass those shown in the syllabus, and introduces medicines management. It provides a foundation from which you can build and develop your nursing practice throughout the programme and you’re your professional career.

    • Foundations for Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a foundation from which you can develop the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and conduct necessary for working as a professional nurse. These skills and attributes will be studied and developed throughout the programme and into your professional career.

    • Practice Learning 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is practice based and provides you with a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You will build on the knowledge and skills developed in previous modules and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence and Essential Skills Clusters in order to achieve the NMC criteria for progression point 1.

  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Health and Social Care Research (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the process of health care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health-related disciplines to underpin knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the research process and to equip you with the skills required to research in the subject area appropriate to the target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/ dissertation.

    • Developing Understanding in Mental Health (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon previous modules by examining key mental health conditions in-depth and exploring concepts such as health promotion and recovery, and key factors that influence these conditions such as social, biological, psychological and political. You will be able to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, aetiology and onset, progression of the condition, and prognosis. You should be aware that the syllabus of this module is linked with another which runs concurrently and explores effective evidenced based interventions, approaches and assessment of these mental health conditions.

    • Practice Learning 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in mental health, in line with the NMC Standards for Education. You will build on the knowledge and skills developed in previous modules by enabling you to plan holistic care using evidence based interventions/approaches, considering underpinning legal and ethical issues to promote recovery and social inclusion. You will progress your understanding of partnership working with patients/clients/carers/agencies, and be encouraged to challenge your own values, attitudes and prejudices, to develop your capability to respect diversity and challenge inequality in mental health care. You should be aware that the syllabus of this module is linked with another module which runs concurrently and examines key mental health conditions in-depth and exploring concepts such as health promotion and recovery, and key factors that influence these conditions. You will be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence to progress toward the achievement of the NMC criteria for Progression point 2.

    • Treatment Interventions in Mental Health (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon previous modules by enabling you to plan holistic care using evidence based interventions/approaches, considering underpinning legal and ethical issues to promote recovery and social inclusion. You will progress your understanding of partnership working with patients/clients/carers/agencies, and be encouraged to challenge your own values, attitudes and prejudices, to develop your capability to respect diversity and challenge inequality in mental health care. You should be aware that the syllabus of this module is linked with another module which runs concurrently and examines key mental health conditions in-depth and exploring concepts such as health promotion and recovery, and key factors that influence these conditions.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the programme providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Meeting Complex Care Needs in Mental Health (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon previous modules by advancing your knowledge and understanding of mental health, in particular, severe and enduring conditions, and the consequences/impact when two or more conditions are present. The module will facilitate you to critically consider how different mental health conditions can present or be influenced and experienced by different populations subject to age, gender, ethnicity and clinical setting/service line.

    • Practice Learning 3 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You will consolidate the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence to achieve the NMC criteria for registration. You will be assessed by a sign-off mentor during the 12-week period of continuous practice.

    • Preparation for Mental Health Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon previous modules by advancing your core skills needed for professional practice within the mental health field. The module will assist you in developing your analytical skills in specific areas of policy, communication, legal and ethical issues. Furthermore, key communication/counselling skills such as leadership, decision making and therapeutic alliance, required of a graduate mental health autonomous nurse, will be enhanced.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply

From September 2017, new students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. This replaces the NHS bursaries and tuition funding by Health Education England.

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.


  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Nursing (Mental Health) support your degree?

Nursing today is more flexible and varied than ever, mental health nurses have the opportunity to work across a broad range of fields and the skills that make you a good mental health nurse are transferable to many other areas.

You can work as a mental health nurse across the age-range. Nurses work in services for children and adolescents right up to the groundbreaking work that is going on in dementia care. Mental health nurses are needed in secure facilitates like prisons and special hospitals, in specialist mental health wards, across a host of community settings and in health settings like GP surgeries and Emergency Departments in general hospitals.

There are specialist roles for mental health nurses which range from nurse prescribers, managers and consultants. Mental health nurses are involved in teaching, research, educational outreach, public health, and work with a range of employers from the voluntary sector to the Armed Forces. You can also travel and work abroad as a mental health nurse and some nurses' work in social care and set up their own businesses. Nursing is a 24hr profession; many nurses have flexible hours and shift patterns may include early, late, night, weekend and bank holiday working – with planning you can shape your career to suit your needs and ambitions.

You will need to remain up to date to be an effective practitioner and you may continue your education after you graduate with CPD (Continuing Professional Development). This expectation helps with career progression as nurses have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as dual diagnosis, dementia or child and adolescent mental health.

Nursing is a profession requiring shift work throughout the 24 hour period. Duty rotas may reflect this and will include early, late, night, weekend and bank holiday shift patterns.

Find out more about mental health nursing careers by watching this video by NHS Careers.

Gaining employment

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to enter the NMC's professional register as a mental health nurse. You will also receive career guidance from your professional development tutor to help you begin your career.

This course will also help you to develop on a personal level. Over the three years you are with us at Middlesex University you will be supported to increase your confidence and communication skills.

Being a student nurse at Middlesex will enable you to build on your skills, learn valuable critical thinking skills. and become an effective problem solver. You will achieve proficiency in working with information technology and in the academic and practice setting you will be part of teams that will build your expertise in understanding leadership and management. These accomplishments will stay with you throughout your career and support your continued success.

Philip Jones
Course Leader

Philip Jones is a Teaching Fellow with the HEA and registered as a teacher with the NMC alongside being a registered mental health nurse. His practice has been focused in Assertive outreach and community mental health service where he began his career as a qualified nurse in 2001 progressing through to leading and managing services within this arena

  • Rebecca Manning

    Nursing (Mental Health) BSc student

    I had been a support worker for four years and felt that the best way to advance my career was to get my degree and professional registration as a mental health nurse. I was unable to obtain funding through student finance, so the NHS funded course and bursary enabled me to study full time and further my career.

    The enthusiasm for nursing at Middlesex from those who facilitate the course is infectious. Our tutors and lecturers are either still in practice or have recent experience. The range of placements is fantastic, the passion and commitment of the staff is unrivalled and the facilities and support networks in place provide students with the best tools to succeed.

  • Robert Grant

    Nursing (Mental Health) BSc student

    I was really intrigued by the Nursing programme at Middlesex, providing placements in interesting settings, a strong reputation in the Mental Health field and generally offering a degree that incorporates both practice and theory.

    I've really enjoyed the skills sessions such as CPR and manual handling, as they're skills that I will keep with me for life. My experience of being on placement so far has been fascinating and has confirmed my desire and interest to become a qualified nurse.

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