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Mental Health Nursing PgDip / MSc

Overview

Exceptionally rewarding

Please note: this course is no longer taking applicants for 2019/20.

Mental health nursing is a constantly evolving field, with as many as one in four people experiencing a mental health issue each year.  We'll help you to meet the challenges of effective mental health care provision.

You'll gain practice experience in a wide range of in-patient and community settings, reflecting the diversity of mental health specialities. This could include acute psychiatry, child and adolescent mental health, forensic psychiatry, eating disorders, substance use and rehabilitation.

Why Mental Health Nursing at LSBU?

We have been delivering high quality, advanced nursing education for over 20 years.
Success on this course makes you eligible to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
3rd for research intensity in London (Complete University Guide 2020).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus; Havering Campus

Modules

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

You will be taught separately from the three-year undergraduate students and will study the following:

Year 1

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
    This module focuses on inter-professional learning and will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module will look at strategic, evidence based approaches to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an inter-professional approach. 
  • Building practice skills for mental health nursing
    The purpose of this module is to build upon learning and develop your practice skills and knowledge. You’ll continue to use safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities. The module will focus on the development and use of appropriate professional values with a stronger emphasis on becoming more analytical and reflective in your problem solving skills. Additionally you’ll be challenged to work towards developing effective clinical and communication skills to support practical care giving.
  • Life sciences and applied biology for mental health
    The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of basic physiology and the application of biology in mental health. This module recognises that you may not have prior knowledge of physiology and biology. It will give a basic introduction to physiology. It will explore neurotransmitters and interactions of hormones in mental ill health. Interactions between physical and mental ill health will be explored. It will consider the basic principles of medicine management with an emphasis on clinical application. Responsibilities of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication in clinical practice, including competency with drug calculations will be explored.
  • Therapeutic psychopharmacology
    This module is designed to educate via a comprehensive analysis and guide/critical review of the field of psychopharmacology in order to prepare you as a safe competent practitioner. It will explore the clinical, practical and theoretical implications of this controversial area of mental health care. Special focus will be placed on learning the core knowledge required for risk assessment and safety management (for choice and levels of drug dosage and contra-indications), and emphasise on the need to take a service user/recovery focussed approach in working to deliver therapeutically focussed psychopharmacology. 

Year 2

  • Enhancing practice skills for mental health nursing
    The purpose of this module is to prepare you to enhance your assessment and decision making skills whilst effectively managing care that promotes quality, health, safety, service user and staff wellbeing. You’ll be able to appraise your own learning and development needs as you approach the transition from student to registered practitioner. 
  • Working with complex cases in mental health
    People with long-term complex, co-morbid health conditions are the most frequent users of health care services. Despite this they often fail to get appropriate treatment for associated mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, or dementia in the case of older people. As a result of these and other co-morbidities, the prognosis for their primary long-term condition and the quality of life they experience can both deteriorate markedly. In addition, the costs of providing care to this group of people are increased as a result of less effective self-care strategies and other complicating factors related to poor mental health (Huppert, 2008; Naylor et al, 2012;) 
  • Human relations and the clinical practice environment
    Human relationships and therapeutic encounters are central tenets of mental health and wellbeing. Understanding how to interact, engage, challenge and support people through their most vulnerable times is the aim of this module. Alongside understanding self, is the need to have knowledge and awareness of the many competing demands (of the individual, their community, the organisation etc.) within which these encounters take place. Many mental health care contexts and environments are highly emotive and demanding. Therefore preparing students to fully understand, engage and work within these areas to become proficient and resilient, authentic leaders and effective practitioners; this requires a level of competence in the theoretical application of knowledge and skills explored in this module.
  • Research in health and social care
    The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend your knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance your ability to be a critical user of research evidence. The module examines philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning health and social care research approaches including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The module will develop practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice.

Top-up to MSc

You'll be able to gain a Masters by completing a dissertation. Students who successfully complete the PgDip RN course have up to four years to complete the dissertation module via part-time study.

Employability

This course will equip you with the skills to work in a diverse range of mental health nursing roles across a range of settings, including the NHS and the private health care sector. Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for graduates to be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse - Mental Health. Recent graduates from this course have gone onto a range of nurse practitioner roles within mental health nursing.

Role and responsibilities

Day-to-day, the role broadly involves working in the community and hospitals taking on a variety of tasks – from giving patients medication, to assessing and supporting a patient's needs.

With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialisation as your career progresses – such as: alcohol or substance misuse, forensic psychology, psycho-therapeutic interventions or working with offenders.

Career progression

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. Once you gain a significant level of professional practice experience, you will be able to consider our part-time MSc Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and MSc Mental Health Practice (Older People). Find out more about these courses through our online CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Lyn Burling

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability
Job title: People's Academy Member

Lyn is working as part of the Peoples Academy at LSBU, which is a group of NHS citizens working to make a difference to services and staff.


Jo Delrée

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Jo Delrée is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities in the School of Health and Social Care.


Nik Maroney

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability
Job title: Mental Health Nurse

Nik Maroney teaches in the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University (LSBU). She teaches on the context of mental health, challenging presentations and clinical skills.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by lecturers trained in CAT, CBT, DBT, mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Psychodynamic Counselling and Open Dialogue. You will be introduced and given a good grounding in a range of bio-psycho-social interventions and the latest cutting edge treatment approaches used in the NHS.

Personal tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor after each placement for 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support or to arrange meetings by email.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis but will normally require:

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum 2:2 classification. Candidates without a health or science related degree are required to complete a Life Sciences work book package to satisfy the Life Sciences element of the APL portfolio.
  • In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements, Maths and English GCSEs/equivalent (at C or above) are also required.

Attributes and values

Nursing is a very competitive career and it is important you make a high quality application to us. Here are some tips on what attributes, skills and values we are ideally looking for in an LSBU nursing student:

  • Meet the required entry requirements for LSBU nursing courses
  • Good understanding of basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Impeccable communication, caring and helping skills
  • Able to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Reliable, patient and understanding
  • Motivated
  • Dedicated to a career in nursing and fully comprehend the responsibilities of the role
  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

All applicants are required to make an APL claim. You may apply for APL through both certificated learning and the production of a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of programme outcomes for the programme you have applied for through experience. If you are offered a place on the course you'll be provided with guidance notes to assist you in constructing this.

Interviews and assessments

As part of the selection process you'll be expected to attend an MMI interview. Find out more.

If offered a place, you must successfully complete both a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health check, and provide proof of ordinary residency requirements and satisfactory references. A valid passport is required for enrolment purposes.

English language

For those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
B762
Application method

How to apply for the PgDip

Please note: this course is no longer taking applicants for 2019/20.

Although this is a postgraduate course, all students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

When making your UCAS application you will need to apply for your chosen field of nursing practice.

Attributes and values

Nursing is a very competitive career and it is important you make a high quality application to us. Here are some tips on what attributes, skills and values we are ideally looking for in an LSBU nursing student:

  • Meet the required entry requirements for LSBU nursing courses
  • Good understanding of basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Impeccable communication, caring and helping skills
  • Able to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Reliable, patient and understanding
  • Motivated
  • Dedicated to a career in nursing and fully comprehend the responsibilities of the role
  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

All applicants are required to make an APL claim. You may apply for APL through both certificated learning and the production of a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of programme outcomes for the programme you have applied for through experience. If you are offered a place on the course you'll be provided with guidance notes to assist you in constructing this.

Interviews and assessments

As part of the selection process you'll be expected to attend an MMI interview. Find out more.

If offered a place, you must successfully complete both a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health check, and provide proof of ordinary residency requirements and satisfactory references. A valid passport is required for enrolment purposes.

English language

For those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book your time with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. And when you're ready to apply join one of our Postgraduate Application Sessions. There, we take small groups of up to four people through the application process. Look online for the next of our Advice Sessions or Postgraduate Application Sessions.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Please note that this course is not currently open to international students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and, additionally, the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2018/19

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans will provide students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

Background to these changes can be found on Gov.uk.

Council of Deans have prepared a briefing paper and Student Finance have outlined who qualifies. The Funding Clinic provides further information on what support is available.

NHS Bursary will produce guidelines and information once the information has received parliamentary approval.

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Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

  • Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.

  • Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.

  • Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.

  • Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.

  • As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.

  • If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.

  • You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.

  • If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.

  • Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

  • Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm

    Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm

  • If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of your placement is that you’ll be learning off-campus and working with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

Questionnaire

The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

  • We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.

  • Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.

  • Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.

  • The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniforms

Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.

  • Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.

  • The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.

  • A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.

  • You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.

  • Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.

  • You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.

  • You are welcome to purchase additional items at www.wisconnect.co.uk. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.

  • You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.

  • They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.

 
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