Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.
It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.
Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.
In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.
This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.
On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.
Year 1 (FHEQ Level 6)
Year 2 (FHEQ Level 7)
Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.
Who is this programme for?
Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme.
This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time. Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.
Educational aims of the programme
The programme aims to:
- Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
- Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
- Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
- Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
- Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
- Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
- Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
- Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
- Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice
Programme learning outcomes
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge and research evidence that underpins practice thus enabling an appropriate response to a wide range of health and dependency needs
- Critically apply knowledge and skills based upon best available evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care, accessing or referring to specialist services as required
- Demonstrate an ability to meet complex and co-existing needs of people in their own field of nursing in any setting
- Demonstrate and appraise knowledge of the relationship between common physical and mental health problems in both acute and long terms conditions
- Critically appraise and apply high quality evidence to support and develop practice whilst identifying and proposing areas for further investigation
- Demonstrate the importance of and be able to evaluate safe practice, which is informed by best available evidence and through a critical understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines
Intellectual / cognitive skills
- Demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking and decision making skills in the assessment, documentation and interpretation of a comprehensive systematic nursing assessment that takes account of relevant physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors
- Applies knowledge, synthesises ideas and information in order to generate and evaluate solutions in planned and uncertain situations across a range of health care environments
- Be capable of innovative and creative thinking and develop the ability to improve professional practice and quality outcomes by using a range of methods and clinical governance processes
- Critically apply relevant theoretical and research evidence in the evaluation of nursing interventions and health care provision and evaluate and ensure the use of findings help to improve peoples’ experience in order to shape future services
- Critically appraise the evidence and research base of new and emerging health care technologies to advise about their appropriateness and use
- Evaluate own performance and need for personal and professional development demonstrating learning from experience, feedback and reflection
Professional practical skills
- Act to care for and safeguard the public practicing in a compassionate and respectful manner whilst working within professional, ethical and legal frameworks in order to maintain, improve, and lead on high standards of care
- Practice autonomously and be responsible for the delivery and leadership of high quality evidence-based care, whilst maximising peoples’ ability to care for themselves
- Communicate safely and effectively and ensure decisions about care are shared when working across health and social care environments and in partnership with other professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families
- Act upon an understanding of how peoples’ lifestyles, cultures, environments and choices influence their health and wellbeing and adapt practice to meet the changing needs of service users
- Demonstrate excellence in team working and the ability to lead the co-ordination, delegation and supervision of care, whilst remaining accountable for care given
- Use leadership skills to support and manage others and make significant contributions to the planning, designing, delivering and improvement of future services
- Work innovatively and act as change agents, using leadership skills to challenge practice in order to enhance people’s wellbeing and experience of health care
Key / transferable skills
- Demonstrate a range of highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the use of communication technologies
- Build high quality partnerships and therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, families and other professionals in order to ensure safe, effective and non-discriminatory communication
- Accurately communicate and document using appropriate and plain language both verbally and in written and electronic formats
- Manage health information and information systems in order to search for valid and relevant information to inform nursing practice
- Abstract, analyse and interpret data using a range of techniques including assessment monitoring, audit and the use of research data to inform and develop the delivery of high quality care
- Demonstrate safe and effective medicines management
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.