One in four people are expected to need help for mental health issues at some point in their life and helping people back to good mental health is every bit as valuable and satisfying as caring for those with a physical illness. For some people, mental illness can be triggered by a life event, such as the breakdown of a relationship, bereavement or the birth of a baby or personal circumstances, including work, an eating disorder or alcohol and drug abuse, for example.
This course builds on knowledge of mental health, various disorders and innovative nursing care approaches. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to understand the experiences of people with mental health problems and to assist and facilitate their journey to recovery. You might help one person to take their medication correctly, while advising or providing another with relevant therapies or social activities.
It aims to prepare you for the dynamic and fast changing health and social care system, developing you into an adaptable, flexible, reflective, competent and compassionate practitioner. From the outset, you’ll gain hands-on experience with real service users under supervision from qualified mentors, spending 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.
While the course has a clear focus on mental health nursing, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care. Your studies will be complemented with signiﬁcant insights into a range of potential challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan, such as learning disabilities, complex care and life limiting conditions.
All of our nursing courses have shared learning modules which include Introduction to Nursing, The Scientific Foundations of Nursing, and Legislation, Accountable Practioner.
The following modules are also studied in conjunction with other health and social care professionals - Foundations in Communication and Professionalism, Social Determinants of Health and Well Being, Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making, Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research, and Working Together to Lead Service Improvement. These aim to look at specific issues and challenges they face to broaden your knowledge and expertise.
Our links with universities in USA, Australia, China, and Hong Kong provide opportunities for student engagement in online projects and field trips and, through the University’s volunteering schemes, you have the chance to work overseas on ‘live’ projects such as orphanage work in Uganda. European links are also in development with potential field trips and student exchange to Finland, Denmark and Spain to compare health courses and nurse education globally. We are also one of only four UK members of the European Florence Network, helping create further opportunities for student nurse mobility.