Undergraduate Course

BSc Nursing

(Mental Health)

Now In Clearing
BSc Nursing

Overview

The details
Nursing (Mental Health)
B760
October 2018
Full-time
3 years
Southend Campus

As many as one in three people in the UK have issues with their mental health at some stage of their life. Nurses who specialise in mental health, a complex and demanding area, work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients with mental illnesses.

As a mental health nurse, you focus on the therapeutic relationship with those with mental ill health, and with their families. You provide the support and treatment to meet their physical, psychological, social, mental and spiritual care needs. More than anything else, mental health nursing requires empathy, to care about the people you are working with.

Unlike many of the older, traditional nursing schools, at Essex you receive a fresh, contemporary and relevant nurse education programme, integrated into a University that is one of the UK's top ten research institutions. You work with local organisations to ensure that you gain the best experience possible during your time with us, and studying alongside other health professionals means that you also have the opportunity to gain expert knowledge from them.

There are four main types of pre-registration nursing degree – child, learning disabilities, adult and mental health. At Essex we specialise in adult and mental health nursing courses at both undergraduate and Master’s level; for a full list of the courses available, and information on all of the routes into Nursing available at Essex including our Return to Practice course, please see our department pages.

The cost of required uniform will be fully covered by the school.

Location

You can choose to study this course at either our Colchester campus or our Southend campus - and your placements will correspond to the campus you choose. Colchester students will have placements in north Essex, while Southend students will have placements in south Essex.

Placement opportunities

Practice placements

Half of your studies will be spent working in clinical settings – for example, in a ward, a health centre or in client’s homes. You will be working alongside nurses as you practise and perfect your skills.

Placements are based in NHS, private and voluntary settings throughout Essex. Essex covers a large area (3,465 sq km /1,300 sq miles), so clinical placements will normally be allocated to one area for the whole of your course, either in the SE Essex, SW Essex, W Essex, Mid Essex or NE Essex areas. Given the size of the county, all of these areas may require some traveling to placement.

During your time in placement you will work shift patterns equivalent to a 37.5 hour week. This includes early shifts, late shifts, night shifts, weekend and bank holiday working.

Study abroad

Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.

Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.

Professional accreditation

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

Why we're great.
  • Many of our staff work with local NHS Trusts and other local agencies.
  • Our focus is on producing nurses with empathy as well as technical skill.
  • Much of your study is spent in clinical settings, working alongside nurses and other professionals.

Our expert staff

A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local NHS Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health and social care policy and practice and related fields. We also host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend campus.

We have purpose-built nursing skills labs in both our Colchester and Southend campuses. We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials.

Your future

Successful completion of our BSc Nursing (Mental Health) Work-Based Learning, leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the Professional Register as a “Registered Mental Health Nurse” allowing you to practise as a nurse in the UK.

99% of our School of Health and Social Care students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2016).

Entry requirements

Clearing entry requirements

If you have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2018 entry through Clearing. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Example structure

Our Nursing programmes consist of three terms per year. This structure adopts a developmental approach to the mastering of nursing skills and development of knowledge and understanding. It has a 50:50 split between theory and practice which means that for 50% of your programme, you undertake clinical practice by working with nurses in a variety of settings. Service user-centred care planning emphasises the holistic nature of health and illness. Alongside this experience, you are given the opportunity to rehearse practical skills in a controlled environment further preparing you for working in the practice environment.

As you undertake a significant part of your programme in placement areas we work in partnership with the NHS and the independent health and social care sector across Essex where you will spend your placement hours so that you gain the best clinical learning experiences. Whilst on placement you will have a mentor allocated to you and contact with a member of the academic team linked to that placement. You will work shift patterns whilst in placement equivalent to a 37.5 hour week. This includes early shifts, late shifts, night shifts, weekend and bank holiday working.

Attendance at all parts of this programme is compulsory (as are the modules you study) and must be evidenced in order to register as a nurse.

These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.

We’re reactive, we’re pioneering, we never stand still, so modules might change from year to year in response to new developments and innovation. Those listed below show how a typical course might look, but more detail on course structure, including details of all optional modules, is available on our Programme Specification.

Personal Development

This module will focus on the development of personal organisation and management skills for both academic and practice environments. Study will focus on personal development skills such as communication, self-awareness, reflection and boundary setting. The module will be delivered in lectures alongside a variety of group work and interactive learning.

View Personal Development on our Module Directory

How People Function

This module will provide students with an introduction to biopsychosocial function to develop knowledge, understanding and analysis of altered psychological and physiological functioning of the individual. Students will undertake placement in a relevant practice environment alongside lectures, online learning and personal study. This broad range of learning styles, perspectives and data sources will help further progress knowledge and skills.

View How People Function on our Module Directory

Delivering Compassionate Care as a Mental Health Nurse

A combination of lectures and two placements (a 2 week placement and an 8 week placement) will help to improve competence in relation to knowledge and skills in the delivery of compassionate care in mental health nursing. This introduction to delivering a professional nursing service will also be made up of tutorials, workshops and independent study.

View Delivering Compassionate Care as a Mental Health Nurse on our Module Directory

Ongoing Recovery Journeys in Mental Health Nursing

Students will gain a thorough introduction to delivering a professional nursing service that evidences compassion and care in mental health nursing. Students will undertake two placements, one 2 week placement and one 8 week placement, alongside lectures and independent study.

View Ongoing Recovery Journeys in Mental Health Nursing on our Module Directory

Nursing Practice Assessment 1

The majority of this course is spent in clinical practice which will culminate in a pass or fail assessment.

View Nursing Practice Assessment 1 on our Module Directory

Community Engagement

This course will require students to complete a scrapbook portfolio, focused on examining a chosen health challenge and using evidence gathered from a wide range of sources. Students' learning will be self-directed with some seminars facilitated by personal tutors. Undertaking this course will enable learners to consider health need analysis, and the development and evaluation of health promotion strategies.

View Community Engagement on our Module Directory

Critical Appraisal and Research Skills

This module is an introduction to appraising evidence and research used in the basis of clinical decision making. In this module students will develop a research proposal in a clinical area of their choice. Learners will practice their time-management skill and learning through structured e-learning, to allow them to develop existing expertise in research.

View Critical Appraisal and Research Skills on our Module Directory

Critical Recovery Journeys

Students will take this module alongside a suitable acute mental health care placement to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired. This module extends the recovery model to crisis episodes, the relapse of symptoms, risk assessment and management of periods of acute inpatient care.

View Critical Recovery Journeys on our Module Directory

Service Improvement

This project based module explores the topic of service improvements in health care settings. Learning will mostly be self-directed, with one to one tutorials for supervision, which will culminate in the submission of scrapbook portfolio focused on a self-selected service improvement topic, which includes gathered evidence from a wide range of sources.

View Service Improvement on our Module Directory

Nursing Practice Assessment 2

The majority of this course is spent in clinical practice which will culminate in a pass or fail assessment.

View Nursing Practice Assessment 2 on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Lectures inform you of the most important topics, with classes allowing you to consolidate your learning through discussion
  • We work closely in partnership with the NHS and the independent health sector to provide placement opportunities
  • Modules have their own accompanying webpages on Moodle where you can download relevant readings, power-points, podcasts and YouTube clips, and contribute to online discussions

Assessment

  • You will be assessed through presentations, coursework and assessments of practical settings
  • You will also undertake two written exams, one in year one and the other in year two

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

International fee

£17,870

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

Open Days

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

2018 Open Days (Southend Campus)

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

How to apply during Clearing

Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision. There’s no need to call us to apply; just do it all online.

Interviews

We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:

  • BA Multimedia Journalism
  • BSc Nursing (Adult)
  • BSc Nursing (Mental Health)
  • BA Social Work

The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.

Southend Campus

Visit Southend Campus

Famous for its beach resort and pier, Southend-on-Sea stretches along seven miles of award-winning coastline, providing plenty of opportunities for a wide range of water sports and leisure activities.

If you're joining our School of Health and Social Care, East 15 Acting School, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, or Essex Business School, you may well be studying at our Southend Campus. Lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit international community, Southend is the perfect environment for living and learning.

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tours allows you to explore our University from the comfort of your home. Check out our Colchester virtual tour and Southend virtual tour to see accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

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