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Mental Health Nursing PgDip

Overview

Mental health nurses care for people suffering from various mental health conditions and their family and carers to offer help and support in dealing with the condition. Although it can be demanding and intense work, it can also be exceptionally rewarding. 

Mental health nursing is a constantly evolving field, with as many as one in four people believed to experience some mental health condition each year. The Mental Health Nursing programme at LSBU is designed to equip you with the skills and competencies to meet the challenges of providing effective mental health care.

Throughout the course, you will gain practice experience in a wide range of in-patient and community settings, reflecting the diversity of mental health specialties. This could include acute psychiatry, child and adolescent mental health, forensic psychiatry, eating disorders, addictions and rehabilitation.

This course equips 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.

You will be compassionate with lots of patience and the ability to remain calm under pressure, with reserves of mental stamina. Exceptional people skills, communicating clearly with people from different backgrounds is essential. The main resource mental health nurses have to draw upon is themselves and how they engage effectively with service.

Find out about Mental Health Nursing at LSBU from our very own students and staff:

Success on this course makes you eligible to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Top-up to MSc

By completing a dissertation (an extended and independent piece of written research) following graduation as a registered nurse you'll be able to gain a Masters. Students who successfully complete the PgDip RN course have up to four years to complete the dissertation module via part-time study.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
MSc (Top-up) Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus; Havering Campus
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus; Havering Campus

Case studies

Modules

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.

Employability

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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 work 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, psychotherapeutic interventions or working with offenders.

Working hours and salary

Hours can be demanding for Mental Health nurses. Long shifts, unsocial hours and possibly being called to work at the last minute are all common. Salaries start around £21,000. However, with career progression and developed experience this can extend to well over £50,000. (Prospects)

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.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

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Time spent on placement

During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice within a broad variety of healthcare settings. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse. Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a nurse.

Clinical settings

At LSBU you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. 

Examples of current placement areas:

  • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust for students based at our Southwark campus
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust for students based at our Southwark campus
  • We are proud to be the only provider for the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT). Havering students are placed at this Trust

Structure of placements

Placements are spread over the two years:

Your first clinical placements are designed to introduce you to working in a professional setting and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, infection control and learn about safeguarding vulnerable people.

You will then build on this experience and take on more responsibility, progressing your clinical reasoning skills and begin to look after small groups of patients making confident, proactive decisions for their health and management with less supervision. 

You will also be able to choose a speciality (e.g. working with Clinical Nurse Specialists, specialist services or independent and 3rd sector providers), or a different context of care (e.g. prison, private health care facility, social care, charity, hospice etc.), or a lived experience of a certain condition (e.g. charity work, carer shadowing, etc.) 

Supported by a mentor

Whilst in the clinical placement we ensure our nursing students receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Staff

Dr S.H. Cedar

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Reader in Biomedical Sciences

Dr SH Cedar is a biological scientist specialising in homeostasis and health. She has a PhD in stem cells and cancer and has recently received an MA in Theology and Religious Studies.


Allan Gopal

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Allan has is qualified in Adult, Mental Health, Learning Difficulties and Ophthalmology and has experience of working in various hospitals across the UK.


Facilities

Counselling and Communication Suite

Our counselling and communication suite is the ideal place for Mental Health students to role play realistic work-based scenarios. It contains two adjoining rooms with a one-way window and audio link, that allows students to practice one-to-one situations with 'clients' while they are monitored by teaching staff in the adjoining room.

Teaching and learning

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 undertake a computer based assessment on campus which identifies your attributes for nursing and gives you an indication of various scenarios you might face. You'll also be asked to complete an interview and numeracy and literacy test. Strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential for nursing students. 

Download and practice our sample tests:

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
MSc (Top-up) Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
P060196
Application method
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
B762
Application method

How to apply for the PgDip

We are no longer taking applications for this course for 2017 entry, however we are still accepting applications for our PgDip Learning Disability Nursing course, which may be of interest.

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.

Seven stages to your application

  1. Attend an Open Day
  2. Apply to us through UCAS
  3. Write your personal statement and use this as a tool to illustrate why you are right for the course
  4. Write your APL claim
  5. Take the situational test
  6. Take the numeracy tests
  7. Prepare for your interview

Personal statements

Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Download our Personal Statement Guide (PDF File 160 KB).

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

You will need to complete an Accreditation to Prior Learning (APL) application. 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. You are permitted to claim up to 50% APL when applying to study with us using prior work and academic experience, for example: previous health or science based Degree studies, Foundation degree etc. You will be provided with guidance notes to assist you in constructing this.

Numeracy assessment

If your application has been successfully shortlisted you will be invited to take a numeracy test.

Read our numeracy test page for important information about the test and to help you prepare.

Interviews

If you have successfully completed the numeracy test you will be invited, through UCAS Track, to attend an interview at a given time and date.

Read our interview page for important information about this stage and to help you prepare.

You will also need to complete a Declaration of character and conduct form (PDF File 166 KB) and the Interview declaration form (PDF File 44 KB) and bring these with you to your interview.

Preliminary fee assessment

At your interview we start the process of checking your eligibility for NHS funding.

In order for us to ascertain your eligibility for NHS funding, download the Preliminary Fee Assessment Form (PDF File 155 KB), complete and bring it with you to the interview. Also, ensure you bring along your evidence as noted in the letter which will enable us to assess your residency status.

Information regarding results

When the interview has finished you will be given information and advice as to what happens next, should you be either successful or unsuccessful.

Results

These will be made available through UCAS Track usually within two weeks.

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

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Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2017/18 intake

The funding of health education is currently going through a transition period from student bursaries to student loans. We are subsequently awaiting an announcement from the UK Government regarding the funding arrangements for pre-registration postgraduate courses commencing in the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information please visit The Funding Clinic or have a look at the Government’s published response to consultation on funding reforms.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

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The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Declaration of character and conduct form

You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information to find out more.

To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates. For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Please complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title (PDF File 462 KB) when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

Once you have completed this process, please ensure you bring three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can visit the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed. Please find the link above with a list of the appropriate ID.

Please note:
If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

  • Take photocopies of your 3 items of ID documents and the 3 original documents with you.
  • The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you
  • Documents will then need to be scanned (including their post office receipt so that we know that it has gone through due process) and sent to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk

If you have further questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Occupational health

You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

If you have any more questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Holidays

You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.

Practice placements

Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).

Uniform

If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge.

ODP students will be required to wear theatre scrubs on placement, which will be supplied by the host Trust.  During practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be required to wear LSBU scrubs which will be provided, along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniform.

Changes

If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk.

 
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