WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH NURSE?
A mental health nurse cares for patients with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive states. These illnesses can affect one in six people at any one time. Mental health nurses help patients to overcome their ill health, or to come to terms with it, so they can lead as normal a life as possible. Severe and enduring mental health problems such as schizophrenia affect about one in 200 people each year.
Concerns about mental illness are such that the Government has given a high priority to this area, along with coronary heart disease and cancers.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Our Mental Health Nursing course adopts a person centred approach to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care . It will enable you, if successful, to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a registered Mental Health Nurse in a range of diverse health and social care settings. It will educate you to a high clinical, professional and academic standard ready to practice in the 21st century, to meet the needs of people who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
Nursing is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.
This course will build and develop your knowledge and skills as a practitioner working with people in a variety of settings working in partnership with service users and carers. The management and organisation of service provision is constantly changing and developing in line with health and social care policy. In your role as a registered nurse you will be involved with these developments working with other professionals towards continuous service improvements.
INTAKES: September and January
WHERE: Wolverhampton City Campus
50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.
You will be required to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all times. Your placement experiences will include providing nursing care to some of societies’ most vulnerable people, the elderly, those who are physically ill or have a physical disability, learning disability and those who have perhaps been through some very challenging situations. In order to ensure all the people you care for are protected and kept safe, you will be expected to abide by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance for student nurses. In addition we will expect you to conduct yourself in a highly professional manner and this will form part of our assessment of you.
You will study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (mental health focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. Your practice experiences will assist you in developing practical skills and professional awareness.
Your modules will also contain a range of key skills which are essential for lifelong learning, including numeracy (essential for medicines management), information technology, communication and working with others, problem solving and how to improve your learning.
The course aims to help you prepare yourself to adapt to new roles and the environments you will be working in. You will continuously learn in order to develop your nursing knowledge and skills as the start of career progression. Theoretical material will reflect the requirements of the National Health Service and Social Care Services and the changing needs of today's population.
Practice experiences will build throughout the course and will include a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, community placements and the independent / voluntary care sector. There will be opportunities to learn with other fields of nursing and other health related disciplines. At the end of the third year you may opt to undertake a placement overseas.
Placements will be with one of two NHS Trusts; Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
By successfully achieving all components of the BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing you will be entitled to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nurse.
Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course are Registered Nurses. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, which draws on a wealth of different experiences. View Institute of Health staff profiles
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“I have always felt proud to have trained at the University of Wolverhampton, I always felt fortunate that the teaching staff were from backgrounds of such diverse clinical areas that enabled me to appreciate different aspects of mental health nursing. The training I had was excellent, like everyone else I was always encouraged to push my own academic limits and was empowered to question and analyse classroom taught theory in practical application to the clinical area and the point of view of a patient receiving care.
I am thankful to the university for the support I received as a student nurse and can identify that it has contributed to a fairly quick progression in four years from a staff nurse to my current post as a dementia nurse specialist.
I recently won an award for a nursing innovation in a local NHS trust, this was based on my practical application of a theoretical psychological model I was fortunate enough to learn of as a student nurse, although the skill I learnt was how to make it relevant for the people I cared for...what I am really thankful to the University for , and what has remained with me after qualification is the confidence to think for myself and shape taught skills around actual people that are receiving care.”
Aaron Bate, Graduate and Community Dementia Nurse
“The support network that is provided is tremendous and there is always someone to help out, no matter how late in the day it is”.
“Employment opportunities are available in a variety of NHS, voluntary and private mental health services that include: acute inpatient services, crisis resolution services, child and adolescent services, older age services, assertive outreach, forensic mental health care and services focusing on the implementation of a recovery model when working with those with enduring mental health needs.”
Practice Placement Manager
Successful completion of the BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and will then open up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles.
Mental Health nurses work in a variety of diverse settings caring for children, adolescents, adults of working age and older people who are experiencing problems in the way that they think, feel or behave. This can have a significant effect on their relationships, their work and their quality of life. The work of a mental health nurse involves helping these people to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to maximise their life potential. Mental health nurses work alongside many other professionals including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and GPs to plan and deliver person – centred care.
Registered Nurses continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path within the UK or working abroad.
As a Registered Mental Health Nurse you will:
This course is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).
GCSEs at grade C+/ 4 in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for test/interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire and General Practitioner Form prior to starting the course; vaccinations will also need to be up-to-date.
Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education
Read further information regarding interview preparation
In addition to the above entry requirements all shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a numeracy paper and achieve a pass mark of 70%. Candidates who score less than 70% in the numeracy paper will not progress further at this stage and the interview day will end at this point. Candidates who achieve 70% or above will continue to the next stages of the interview, including a literacy exercise and a values based interview. The literacy exercise involves summarising, in writing, the key points emerging from an article; the values-based interview involves discussing your response to given scenario’s.
Information on the numeracy requirements for the test can be found here
The following resources may be helpful in preparing for the numeracy part of the interview:
BBC Skillswise: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths
BBC bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zjg4d2p
NHS Sn@p tool: http://www.snap.nhs.uk/
During the Nursing course you will be required to attend placements, when you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.
We operate a gathered field approach for applications received for this course to ensure fairness, and will therefore consider the results of tests/interviews collectively. As a result (depending on test/interview dates) you will receive results from the interview (and if successful an offer of a place) in either mid-December 2017 or mid-February 2018.
Year 2 entry
This course is not available at present to international applicants.
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