Nursing / RN Mental Health
School of Health and Society
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Mental health nurses provide care for people experiencing mental health problems, working in the community, specialist hospitals or health centres.
50% of your studies will be spent in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector which includes prison placements, where you will spend time in a well-supported environment, working alongside qualified practice assessors and supervisors.
On successful completion of this course, you will have a recognised degree qualification that leads to registration as a qualified nurse, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
This course is delivered over three semesters per year. Throughout this course theory and practice are integrated into each module.
You will learn about how to support people during the most acute phases of their distress, how to work with people who have issues around substance misuse or offending behaviour and how to help those with ongoing mental health problems.
In the third year, you will have the opportunity to go on an international placement to experience care outside of the UK.
- Learn how to support people during the most acute phases of their distress
- Learn how to work with people who have issues around substance misuse or offending behaviour
- Learn how to help those with ongoing mental health problems
This is for you if...
You are hardworking and committed
You are prepared to work shifts
You are a compassionate and caring character
You can see yourself working with people from all kinds of backgrounds
You want to make a real difference
You have a strong desire to help people
All about the course
When attending the University you will be welcomed into a relaxed and friendly environment in which to learn. A wealth of facilities are available to you including formal teaching, group and one-to-one sessions; all provided within a comfortable and enriching learning space.
You will develop knowledge of concepts of health, public health and health promotion including an awareness of factors affecting health within a diverse and multi-cultural society. You will do this through the development of knowledge and the fundamental skills required for all nurses and within your chosen field of practice.
You will apply essential knowledge, skills and the professional attitudes needed to deliver and promote holistic care of mental and physical health across the lifespan by analysing decision-making, problem-solving and prioritising skills in nursing practice.
You will prepare for the transition from student nurse to qualified professional nurse both professionally and autonomously in order to manage yourself and others effectively.
This programme is subject to NMC approval.
The ability to understand anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and the ways in which our biological systems interact with our environment, our behaviour and the social systems we live in are integral to your interprofessional work as a student nurse. You will begin in year one with a dedicated module to develop foundational knowledge in transdisciplinary science and evidence based practice.
Voices and Choices
You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to provide personalised care and support planning for service users, carers and significant others. You will develop knowledge of strength-based approaches to assessment and care planning (salutogenesis), including an awareness of political, legal and socioeconomic factors that influence the voices and choices of people you work with.
Foundations of Integrated Nursing Practice
You will demonstrate the required NMC proficiencies commensurate with your stage of learning and development in year one in relation to your chosen field of practice and interprofessional practice (NMC part 1 progression). This will include developing skills in self-awareness/assessment and personal and professional development planning, working with different professions/non-professional groups within clinical placements.
Mental Health Field Specific Care Needs
This follows on from year one and you will deepen your knowledge of the key principles which underpin healthcare and begin to apply these to your chosen field of practice. This will be achieved through the exploration of case examples and the participation in simulated scenarios, providing you with the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge, skills and behaviours you are developing as a nurse of the future.
Evidence-based Interventional Nursing
A key component to ensuring that your future practice stays up to date is your understanding and interpretation of the best available evidence. During this module you will develop your ability to be able to find, evaluate and apply a range of different types of evidence to support both your own practice, and that of the multi-professional teams within which you work. Further to this you will also explore strategies to ensure that the personal preferences and needs of the patients and carers you are supporting are still maintained during your interactions with them.
Fundamentals of Integrated Nursing Practice
You will demonstrate the required NMC proficiencies commensurate with your stage of learning and development in year two in relation to your chosen field of practice and interprofessional practice (NMC part 2 progression). This will include developing skills in looking outwards from one’s own profession to consider relationships with other professional/nonprofessional people and the impact this has on care delivery.
Being an Autonomous Mental Health Practitioner
You will develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes to facilitate the critical, systematic and contemporary application of the evidence base required to demonstrate autonomous nursing practice. This will be achieved through the delivery of a blended learning approach by way of seminars, masterclasses, action learning sets, simulated practice and guided independent study. A feature of this module will be that some of the master classes will be delivered by specialist clinicians focusing upon quality, safety and personalised care across health and social care.
Being an Inspiring Mental Health Practitioner
You will build upon your developing knowledge, skills and professional attitudes to facilitate the critical application of the evidence base required to demonstrate inspirational nursing practice. Aspects of leadership, management, team working and exploration of evidence based nursing practice, linked to both pathogenesis and salutogenesis will be implicit throughout.
Leading and Empowering in Integrated Nursing Practice
You will demonstrate the required NMC proficiencies commensurate with your stage of learning and development in year three in relation to your chosen field of practice and interprofessional practice (NMC part 3 progression). This will include developing skills to enable you to practice independently and confidently, as a role model, and in so doing demonstrate systematic critical understanding of accountable, safe, compassionate, person-centred, evidence-based, nursing care which represents and maintains dignity and human rights and promotes this through reflection within recognised professional/inter professional, ethical, socio-political and legal frameworks.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of seminars, masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops. Theoretical learning will be complemented by field of practice and level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.
The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and time spent in practice.
Applicants should be aware that in order to successfully complete the programme and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), that they will need to evidence 2,300 hours of theoretical learning and 2,300 practice learning (4,600 hours in total). This is a programme requirement and so may not be reflected in the allocated specified hours of learning on the academic module specifications.
Assessment methods are varied and include assignments, presentations, observed structured clinical examinations, exams and portfolio assessment.
The School of Health and Society
The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.
Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.
Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.
We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.
The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.
The equipment includes:
- Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
- iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
- Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
- Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment
All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.
Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.
What about after uni?
As a graduate and qualified staff nurse in your chosen field of practice you will be able to apply for a job in either an acute setting such as a hospital or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS or in the public and private sectors for example, a ward, a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.
You will work alongside qualified practice assessors and supervisors in practice learning areas where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings. You will be expected to work the same shift patterns as your practice supervisor (including weekends and night duty) and will need to be able to travel to and from clinical placements.
You will spend half of your time at the University and the other half working in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector. These practice learning opportunities will be across the Greater Manchester area including central Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Prestwich, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale.
What You Need To Know
Nursing is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student nurse:
- You will be expected to work the same shifts as your practice supervisor in hospital and community settings
- You do not get long holiday breaks; our course works on the basis of seven weeks annual leave per year (six weeks are allocated and non-negotiable plus one week of flexible annual leave)
- Considerable travelling may be required for both hospital and community placements
As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. The interview will begin with a short maths and English test, followed by a personal interview. You can try a short demo of the maths test here: https://snap-ae.com/
Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.
English language requirements
IELTS - Minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7.
GCSE English and maths at grade c/grade 4 minimum (or equivalent)
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
BTEC National Diploma
Equivalence of 104-120 UCAS points
Irish Leaving Certificate
Equivalence of 104-120 UCAS points
Access to HE
104 UCAS Tariff Points
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2020||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Students will be expected to contact their General Practitioner for provision of medical history on the ‘Pre-acceptance Health Assessment – Fitness to Train Questionnaire’ – there may be a charge for this by the Practice. The cost of uniform (three sets), DBS and health clearance will be covered by the University.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All Set? Let's Apply
UCAS Code: B760
Start Date(s): January; September
Three years full-time
Course ID B760