Senior Lecturer - Mental Health Nursing
Faculty of Health, Education and Society
Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons)
3 years full-time
September, January, April
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BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing programme is now closed for new applications for 2021/2022 academic year.
Our Mental Health Nursing course takes you on a service user’s journey within community and hospital settings, allowing you to see the service through the patient’s perspective and identify where you can make positive changes. The course reinforces your positive attitude, provides you with evidence-based knowledge and equips you with effective practice skills, through a flexible and blended approach to learning. We also offer extra student support throughout your studies and during your practice. This means that you will be supported by a Nursing Academic during your practice at a Hospital.
- Leads to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.
- Access to a wide variety of unique local and national placements.
- Mental Health First Aid delivered within this programme.
- Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
- HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see eligibility criteria and terms and conditions).
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There is no health without mental health. One in four people are likely to experience some degree of mental distress. A mental health nurse can make a positive contribution in people’s lives and wellbeing. Our vision is to promote compassionate care through effective communication.
We want to make this a reality by recruiting people who that are passionate about caring for those with mental health problems and that want to make positive changes to the lives of others. Our BSc (Hons) course gives you a registration through the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a mental health nurse.
Taught elements will include:
- public and population health
- assessing planning and providing care
- leading nursing care
- working in teams
- coordinating and improving quality of care.
If you already hold a professional registration you can study for a second registration. You will study generic and Mental Health Nursing specific modules, focusing on the care of individuals with mental health problems. Your modules are also complemented by appropriate placement learning opportunities within hospitals and the community.
‘Being Brilliant’ at Northampton focuses on ways of thinking and behaving that allows us to be the best version of ourselves. To develop a culture where all students and staff aspire to be the best that they can be, the principles are simple and focus on small changes in behaviour that can have a big impact.
If you want to become a brilliant mental health nurse then we can inspire you and transform your life and the lives of others. Read what the Nursing Times have to say about out Mental Health Nursing course.
List of modules:
Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Module code: FHS_IPE20Status: Compulsory
Discovering My Identity as a Nurse (20 Credits)
Module code: NPR1027Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to develop nursing students self awareness personal and professional resilience and professional identity as a nurse understanding how health science social and political knowledge behaviour vocabulary and skills form their nursing identity. Additionally the module will develop communication skills and understanding of how constructive feedback can be used to evaluate self and effect positive change.
Professionalism and Public Protection in Nursing (20 Credits)
Module code: NPR1028Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide the student nurse with underpinning theoretical knowledge of the scientific legal professional and personal context of nursing in order to participate in practice safely ethically and lawfully across all fields of nursing and within a range of clinical practice settings.
Exploring the Evidence Base for Nursing (20 Credits)
Module code: NPR1029Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to equip nursing students with the theoretical foundation skills and evidenced based knowledge to fully participate in person centred decision making influence positive lifestyle choices and beginning the students? own professional development.
Developing Competence in Safe, Effective Administration and Optimisation of Medicines
Module code: NPR1030Status: Compulsory
Guided Participation in Nursing Care (60 Credits)
Module code: NPR1031PStatus: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide the essential clinical learning and simulation and practice experiences a student requires to achieve the NMC proficiences enabling progression through to the 2nd part of the programme. Through their electronic portfolio (Pebblepad) signed by their practice supervisor and practice assessor and moderated by the academic assessor students will demonstrate achievement of the skills and professional behaviours identified at the first progression point by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. During clinical learning all students will be required to undertake clinical skills via a range of simulation techniques to meet the Achievement of Proficiency in the PAD. These will be signed off by the Module Team/Practice Assessor.
- Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Constructing and Developing My Nursing Identity (20 Credits)
Module code: NPR2067Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to further develop adult children and young people?s mental health and learning disability nursing students self-awareness personal and professional resilience and professional identity as a nurse deepening understanding of how health science social and political knowledge behaviour vocabulary and skills form their nurse identity and enable them to problem solve within their field of nursing. Additionally the module will further develop communication skills including responding to constructive feedback to evaluate self and effect positive change.
Applying Understanding of Nursing Professionalism and Protection of the Public in Nursing (20 Credits)
Module code: NPR2068Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to build on and further develop adult children and young people?s learning disability and mental health student nurses theoretical knowledge advancing their critical understanding and application of the generic and field specific scientific legal and professional context of nursing enabling them to initiate safe practice that is ethical and lawful across all fields of nursing and within a range of clinical practice settings.
Interpreting the Evidence Base Influencing Mental Health Nursing (20 Credits)
Module code: NPR2072Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to further develop Mental Health nursing students professional development theoretical foundation skills and evidenced based knowledge to initiate person centred decision making influence positive lifestyle choices improve health outcomes and understand the appropriateness and quality of care to effect service improvement.
Demonstrating Continuing Competence in the Safe, Effective Administration and Optimization of Medicines
Module code: NPR2073Status: Designate
Active Participation in Nursing Care (60 Credits)
Module code: NPR2074PStatus: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide the essential clinical learning and simulation and practice experiences students require to achieve the set of NMC proficiencies enabling progression through to the 3rd part of the programme. Through the electronic portfolio (Pebblepad) signed by their practice supervisor and practice assessor and moderated by the academic assessor students will demonstrate achievement of the skills and professional behaviours relevent to chosen field of nursing identified at the second progression point by the Nursing and midwifery council. During clinical learning all students will be required to undertake clinical skills via a range of simulation techniques to meet the Achievement of Proficiency in the PAD. These will be signed off by the Module Team/Practice Assessor.
- Constructing and Developing My Nursing Identity (20 Credits)
Practice Development 3 (10 Credits)
Module code: NPR3027Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to prepare students to manage and lead in practice in their final year of their nurse education and to start the prepaartion for the student?s transition to the register.
Nursing Practice 3 (40 Credits)
Module code: NPR3028PStatus: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide the essential practice experiences students require to enable their successful registration as a nurse practitioner. Through thier electronic portfolio (pebblepad) signed by their assessor in the practice setting the student demonstrates achievement of the competencies needed to meet the criteria for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Enhancing Service Delivery within Specialist Mental Health Care (30 Credits)
Module code: NPR3029Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to advance the students knowledge in the specialist areas of forensic mental health substance misuse childhood mental health brain injury and dementia. Students will develop their therapeutic skills and their ability to be competent and capable of working within and leading a clinical team.
Nursing Fields Numeracy Test
Module code: NPR3034Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to equip student nurses with the numerical calculations knowledge understanding and skills required in clinical practice. This will enable students to safely undertake all aspects of medications management in the clinical setting related to their field of nursing with confidence and competence and to meet the NMC requirements prior to final registration.
Developing My Nurse Identity Towards Becoming a Registrant
Module code: NPR3035Status: Designate
Becoming a Professional, Responsible, and Accountable Registered Nurse
Module code: NPR3036Status: Designate
Demonstrating Competence and Confidence in Safe, Effective Administration and Optimization of Medicines and the Health Numeracy Assessment
Module code: NPR3037Status: Designate
Leading and Coordinating Mental Health Nursing Care
Module code: NPR3041PStatus: Designate
Dissertation Practice Improvement Plan (40 Credits)
Module code: NPR4003Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to prepare students for their role in leading and implementing service audit evaluation and improvement. It is designed specifically to address the concerns of employers the RCN and the NMC that nurses? practice should be ?appropriately based on research evidence and critical thinking?. The module has been planned in partnership with service providers.
Transforming and Innovating Mental Health Nursing
Module code: NPR4008Status: Designate
- Practice Development 3 (10 Credits)
The following are essential requirements for all pre-registration nursing programmes;
Applicants must be 18 years old by the 2nd month of commencing pre-registration nursing programmes and all applicants must have 10 years of consecutive education.
All applicants must have:
- English Language and Maths GCSE, or the equivalent, at grade C/4 or above. These must be achieved prior to commencement of the course. (Common equivalents are: Functional skills level 2 and 3, Key skills level 2 and 3, Adult Literacy/Numeracy Level 2).
- Evidence of recent academic study completed within the last five years.
- If your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 before the course commences.
You also need one of the following qualifications:
- BCC at A level
- BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma or National Diploma at DMM
- A kitemarked Access to Higher Education course with 30 credits at Merit or above
- Successful completion of the first year of a relevant Foundation Degree
- Health and Social Care Diploma at Level 3 (advanced level)
- CACHE Diploma achieved at grade B or above.
Please note that we may consider other qualifications not listed above on an individual basis, please contact our Admissions team to discuss these in further detail.
All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:
- successful Occupational Health Screening,
- satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
- successful interview at the University.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 7.0 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- International – Full Time: £15,900
2020/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- International – Full Time: £15,750
Please be aware that there will be additional costs that are not covered by course fees, these include:
- Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
- shoes for placement
- appropriate outer wear
- car parking fees on/off site
- optional European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses, etc.)
- other costs: dissertation printing, books, stationary purchases, IT costs
- living and eating costs
- participation in events.
Financial contribution towards your travel and expenses in relation to your practice learning opportunities is available from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.
You will be expected to study a minimum of 2,300 hours theory and 2,300 hours practice across the 3 years.
You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a range of healthcare settings such as hospitals, the voluntary sector and other health and social care organisations within Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.
This course is compliant with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements. For more information on educational standards required for nursing please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council web pages.
The University of Northampton is one of only four universities in the country to belong to the European Nursing Module. This offers the possibility of a two week placement in one of around 24 different European countries.
You can experience a different health system, culture and life experience and gain an insight into the issues that are faced in an overseas nursing environment. This opportunity is available at a specifically negotiated time during your course, usually within the second or third stage of study.
Please note that you will have to meet the entire costs of this module yourself including flights, accommodation, food and travel within these countries where possible costs are kept to a minimum and financial help is available. The cost of the placement is dependent on the country you choose, it can range from approximately £500-800.
The two weeks spent overseas for this module count as placement hours as agreed with the NMC.
The University of Northampton is one of only three universities that offer this module as well as the 11 week Erasmus placement.
* All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19 (link to the page).
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
BSc Mental Health Nursing has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This means you can be confident that this programme meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK.
After successful completion of this programme, you’ll be awarded an Honours degree and can register as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This will allow you to practice in accordance with the NHS Constitution which is underpinned by the core NHS values.
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:
- MSc Public Health
- MSc Advancing Practice
- MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
- MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health
At the University of Northampton, we offer a range of short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes. These will enable you to learn new skills, progress into specialisms or take on new responsibilities.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.
Our BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing offers three start dates: September, January and April this academic year.
At the time of the interview, you will be interviewed for the next available start date which currently is: April 2022. The start date is subject to change and subject to final confirmation upon successful interview. You will be notified by the University after your interview.
Your interview will be held online using an online platform. You will receive further information and the interview joining in instructions from us by email before your interview.
As part of your interview preparation, look out for health features in national newspapers. We also recommend you keep up to date with current health care and nursing issues by visiting the following sites:
How will I be taught?
From September 2019 we are offering an exciting new curriculum based on The Nursing and Midwifery standards for education 2018. The curriculum is innovative utilising an active blend learning approach and an extensive range of support is always available. The curriculum also offers placement learning opportunities throughout Northamptonshire and beyond.
You will have have approximately 4,600 hours of blended study throughout the three years of this course, which is split 50/50 between theoretical and practical learning.
This course is compliant with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements. You will be expected to study a minimum of 2,300 hours theory and 2,300 hours practice across the 3 years. For more information on educational standards required for nursing please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council web pages.
How will I be assessed?
You will be continuously assessed throughout this course to test your knowledge. Placements will also be assessed to ensure that you can effectively apply theory into practice within a healthcare environment.
Are there any further opportunities?
Our University is now a part of a well-established, professional European network for Nursing and Midwifery. The Florence Network offers opportunities for future health careers and development to staff, academics and students. For more information visit the Florence Network.*
What is the selection process based on?
Values Based Recruitment is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.
The purpose of Values Based Recruitment is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution, so that we recruit people with the right skills and values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.
Please visit the Health Education England website for more details.
* All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19 (link to the page).
Careers and Employability
On completion of this course you can pursue a wide range of professional careers in health and social care and research.
As a Mental Health Nurse, you can work in hospitals or in the community. If you work in a residential setting, you may do shifts and provide 24-hour care. Within a hospital you might work in a psychiatric intensive care unit, psychiatric ward, outpatients unit, or a specialist unit dealing with eating disorders.
In the community you could work at a GP surgery, prison, community health care centre, residential centre or patients’ own homes.
For further information visit the NHS careers webpage.