Key facts

Location:

Shrewsbury campus

Stafford campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: B762 (March 2018 entry - Shrewsbury), B763 (September 2018 entry - Shrewsbury), B761 (March 2019 entry - Stafford)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Nursing Practice (Mental Health) is for anyone seeking a career providing support for people experiencing a range of mental health issues such as depression, psychosis, trauma and dementia.

  • Gain three qualifications: BSc Hons (Nursing Practice), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Behavioural Family Therapist
  • Enjoy placements in a Foundation Trust, that has a proactive employment programme- so you know you have a job set up before you complete the course
  • Experience innovative and creative learning, including the AZ2B theatre company’s dramatisations and mindfulness training

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

Professional body accreditation

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).

Work placements

We have excellent connections with the South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust who provide many placements for our students.

Course content

This degree runs over an extended academic year of 45 weeks. 50% is spent in clinical practice and 50% is delivered at the University.

During practice placements you will be required to work shifts to ensure you gain necessary experience and meet the programme requirements. During your studies, you will complete some modules alongside adult and children’s nursing students. Occasionally, you will learn with other professional students.

Working with others will enable you to deepen and share your knowledge, for the ultimate benefit of service users. In Year 3, your modules will entirely specialise in mental health. You’ll further develop your competency in relation to increasingly complex aspects of mental health care, and become skilled in the use of mindfulness-based cognitive interventions.

As a unique part of this course, you will undertake the MERIDEN accredited Behavioural Family Therapy course – meaning that, upon graduation, you will also be a qualified Behavioural Family Therapist.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Mental Health Learning Practice Compulsory
Evidence in Contemporary Healthcare Compulsory
Clinical Skills for Nursing Compulsory
Professional Values Attitudes and Behaviour Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice Compulsory
Care of the Older Person Compulsory
Community Based Care Compulsory
Evidence Based Nursing Practice Skills Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Competent Mental Health Nursing Practice Compulsory
The Graduate Nurse (Mental Health) Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.