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Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

B760

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
February 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

If you hope for a rewarding career, a Mental Health Nursing degree can train you to help the 1 in 4 of us now expected to need treatment.

Mental health nursing is a value-based and very rewarding profession working with children, young people and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health problems and from numerous cultures and backgrounds. These specialist nurses are usually based in hospitals or in the community, for example, in GP surgeries, prison health, community health care or residential centres and patients’ own homes.

This course is designed to help equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred and compassionate care and support for service users to be physically safe and emotionally secure.

Ranked in the UK’s top 10 for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry offers a Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. This course benefits from the highest levels of student satisfaction – 90% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS 2016).

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building/a>. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The course is fully accredited by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Our Facilities

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

 

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

 

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, September 2011 Cohort

Course information

In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its the core. A spiral curriculum is when the same topics are studied throughout the duration of study but each time they are encountered they increase in complexity and reinforce previous learning. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you should study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services. 

The course focuses on integrated care for children and young people in a variety of settings. You should learn to value the needs of children and their families through their ongoing involvement in the curriculum. You should develop skills in communication, health assessment, professional practice, evidence based practice, knowledge of public health and policy, and legal and ethical issues.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from our other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

7th

ranked UK university for nursing and midwifery

Guardian Guide 2019

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Introduction to Nursing and its Fields of Practice

  • Introduction to Assessment of Health and Wellbeing

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing

  • Introduction to Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • The Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

Overview

Modules

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Introduction to Managing Person Centred Care

  • Managing Person Centred Care

  • Legislation, ethics and social policy

  • Therapeutic Approaches in Mental Health Nursing

  • Assessment and Care Pathways Across the Lifespan (Mental Health Nursing)

Overview

Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will be required to write a 5,000- word report. Past students have covered topics as diverse as the link between childhood trauma and adult mental health, suicide prevention in adolescent care, cannabis and psychosis, dementia and music therapy.

Modules

  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

  • Specialist Care in Mental Health Nursing

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Development and Coordination of Complex Care (Mental Health Nursing)

  • Transitions to the Accountable Practitioner

  • The Autonomous Practitioner

Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.

In more detail...

  • Strong student satisfaction – 90% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Nursing at Coventry is ranked 11th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Outstanding track record of graduate employability – 96% of our graduates from the September intake were in work or continuing their studies six months after graduating (DLHE 2014/15).
  • The Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice.
  • Opportunities for field trips within the UK include visits to Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Freud Museum in London, Broadmoor and Rampton High Security Hospital in Nottinghamshire and Glenside Mental Health Museum in Bristol.
  • Offering well established clinical placements, teaching and research links with local partner Trusts within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings.
2nd

Our Nursing placements are ranked 2nd in the UK  (Nursing Times 2017)

Our main study themes are:

  • Mental Health Nursing: Work with people in a way that values, respects and explores the meaning of their individual lived experiences of mental health problems, to provide person-centred and recovery-focused practice. They must be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of evidence-based individual and group psychological and psychosocial interventions, to carry out systematic needs assessments, develop case formulations and negotiate goals. Mental health nurses must understand and apply current legislation to all service users, paying special attention to the protection of vulnerable people of all ages. They must promote mental health and wellbeing and challenge the inequalities and discrimination that may arise from or contribute to mental health problems.

  • Nursing practice: Develops the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person centred care. We’ll cover the key concepts of nursing, caring and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing care, for example, National Service Frameworks. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins these care factors will be taught and practiced in the simulated environment of clinical skills laboratories.

  • Assessment and care pathways across the lifespan: Develops the ability to assess, interpret and manage a range of care requirements for service users. You’ll be introduced to the concept of health and wellbeing, enabling an understanding of the bio psychosocial needs of your patient group across the life span in all fields of nursing. You should develop an understanding of how assessments support and inform clinical judgement and decision making in practice, explored across primary, secondary and third sector care environments
  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.

  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You should develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion.

The course can be studied full-time over three years starting in September.

This course uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers. 

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems. We aim for our students to finish their studies with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients. 

Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team. You will also participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.

There will be opportunities to attend a range of interesting fieldtrips with opportunities both in the UK and abroad, with past visits to mental health care in Hong Kong and mental health and forensic care in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, which included Orange County Jail, the Department of Juvenile Justice and University of Central Florida.

You’ll make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administrations.

Gaining experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We also use actors to enhance these experiences in scenarios such breaking bad news, demonstrating emotional resilience, conflict, management of actual or potential aggression, teaching, child protection conferences.

Teaching methods include:
interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements.

Course assessment includes examinations, written coursework, care study, reflective critique, poster presentations, portfolio, practice assessment grid, project development and skills inventories.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 60%
  • Assessments within practice placements: 30%
  • Formal examinations: 10%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Sciences, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

60% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • The nurses’ role in the enhancement of public health and biological, psychological and social wellbeing of service users.
  • The biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge, which underpins all nursing practice across the lifespan. 


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, anti-discrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment.
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin nursing practice.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances.
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective nursing practice.
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and technology to support quality care delivery.
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic health assessment of service users’ needs across the lifespan using a range of appropriate assessment tools.
  • Plan, implement and monitor nursing care, involving service users and carers.
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, nursing interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous nursing practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of nursing and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs. 
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to all people.

As 50% of the course is practice based, this requires 40 hours per week in placements. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of workshops or seminars per week.
  • Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures per week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 14 hours each week of private study which can include group learning and online activities.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.

For high-performing students, it is possible towards the end of the second year to devise a short placement abroad within Europe or beyond – typically three to four weeks’ duration. We have existing links with universities in USA, China and Hong Kong, as well as agreements with several European institutions which have been utilised for incoming and outgoing student exchanges. 

Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course, previously from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, from India and China, and non-mobility student exchanges using technology such as international shared learning online or a skype exchange with an international college of nursing. These aim to provide additional insights to students into mental health nursing in different healthcare systems. 

While the course prepares students for registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council, this currently provides eligibility for graduates to apply for registration to practise in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. There is a need to gain  an employment offer before gaining a suitable visa and the sufficient points required for accessing the country. Also, registration in some of these countries may only be state wide registration and not national. For further criteria, please refer to country specific regulations.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, September 2011 Cohort

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, September 2011 Cohort

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


February 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


February 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


February 2019

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, September 2011 Cohort

Career prospects

The National Health Service (NHS) has estimated there are around 35,000 mental health nurses within today’s NHS and the demand for these specialist nurses has increased with number of people in contact with NHS mental health services surging by as much as 40%.

During your three years on the programme you will undertake six placements in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualified mental health nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers. 

If you graduate successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately if successful. 
As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit can support you when you are ready to begin your professional career for the time you are registered as a Coventry University student. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

satisfaction for the quality of this course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates find employment as qualified nurses in the NHS with a growing emphasis on community settings, in acute hospitals, military nursing or within the private and independent healthcare sector, in private hospitals, nursing or care homes. As your career progresses, a number of options are open to you as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager. You could specialise as a primary mental health worker and work with children, adolescents or women, for example.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in such settings as child and adolescent mental health services, regional forensic units, early intervention psychosis, older adult care, acute in-patient care and traumatic brain injury units.

96%

of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, September 2011 Cohort
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.