BSc Mental Health Nursing

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(Unistats, 2018)

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(The Complete University Guide 2019)

“Training to be a mental health nurse has changed my whole outlook on life. Being a student nurse is both challenging and personally rewarding.”

In their words

John Holsworth, Mental Health Nursing graduate

With one in four people suffering from mental health problems every year and increasing awareness of mental health issues society’s increasing interest in mental wellbeing, mental health nurses are in huge demand. As a mental health nurse, you will work alongside individuals and their families empowering them to manage their conditions and work towards recovery through collaborative, person-centered assessment and care plan development. Working with a wide team of health and social care professionals, you will also help to provide appropriate interventions. It is incredibly challenging but also important and rewarding work.

Study for your BSc Mental Health Nursing at UEA and you will benefit from service user contact from the very outset and a personal mentor to guide you throughout. Just two of the reasons we’re ranked fifth in the UK for Nursing (The Complete University Guide 2019).

Overview

As a student at UEA, you’ll study aspects of mental health nursing from core nursing skills right the way through to specialist areas such as working in forensic settings, with children, and with people who have dementia.

Split 50/50 between academic theory and hands-on practice, our three-year course will see you undertake a range of placements in care homes, the community, hospitals and specialist care units. You will study alongside other healthcare students, giving you a greater insight into the responsibilities and roles of other healthcare professions. So you’ll graduate fully-equipped with the skills and experience you’ll need for a career working with people with complex mental health problems.

With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Mental Health Nursing degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Highlights of Mental Health Nursing at UEA

  • A wide range of placements including community settings, care homes, hospitals and specialist care units
  • Regular group work with other healthcare students to help develop teamwork skills
  • Combine 50% theory with 50% practice, and link the two with enquiry-based learning
  • A highly supportive culture

Course Structure

Our Mental Health Nursing degree features two academic modules and clinical placements in each of its three years. Our learning programme combines small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study, scheduled between 9am and 7pm. Clinical practice placements, however, are designed to reflect the typical working patterns of a qualified nurse, and will include a minimum of 75 hours on night duty.

Placements

You will be allocated to placements in a wide variety of settings, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment under professional supervision. You’ll work closely with service users of all ages and their families. Due to the nature of healthcare environments, you’ll also experience 24hr and 7-day-week work cycles.

By the end of your course you will have completed the number of assessed placement hours required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for professional registration.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll experience a range of learning methods, designed to link nursing theory with nursing practice. Teaching will include large group lectures and smaller group-based activities, such as seminars, tutorials and workshops, to encourage peer-to-peer learning.

We’ll provide you with access to educational resources including presentations, workbooks and posters, as well as digital platforms such as virtual classrooms and online learning resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn directly from people who have experienced healthcare services.

One of our key aims is to promote your ability to learn autonomously and in partnership with others, including the wider healthcare team.

Independent study

We’ll encourage you to read – and engage with – a wide range of sources to inform your development. You’ll have access to resources to support your learning and to enable you to develop an effective approach to self-directed study.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, which have been carefully chosen to reflect your ability to apply the relevant theory to practice.

With guidance, you’ll also build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progression and reflect both your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills. You’ll also need to maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the course, demonstrating your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Other assessment strategies include written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations and group presentations, plus a literature review, which should illustrate your deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing.

While on clinical placement, you’ll complete an assessment of practice and you’ll write up your reflections of the placement experience.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Towards the end of your second year you’ll have the chance to complete a three-week elective placement of your choosing, either in the UK or overseas.

Elective placements are fully self-funded, but we can put you in touch with organisations that will help you plan elective experiences.

After the course

As a UEA Mental Health Nursing graduate, you’ll be a highly sought-after healthcare professional. Your placements will mean you will have accrued enough time in practice to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). So you’ll graduate ready to start your career in a demanding yet rewarding environment such as:

  • Acute mental health in-patient areas
  • Specialist units such as child and adolescent mental health
  • Community mental health teams
  • Mental health services in prisons

Career destinations

UK NHS Health care providers

Private organisations

The voluntary sector

International nursing opportunities

Research Institute

Higher Education Institute

Discover more: https://www.uea.ac.uk/health-sciences/careers-and-employability/your-career

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Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ESSENTIAL NURSING PRACTICE

The aim of this module is for students to explore the health needs of a diverse population. Underpinning theory will take account of individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual health needs. Recognition will be given to the importance of working with families, carers, and support networks to address people's needs. Key themes within this module will include communication, common physical and mental health problems, children and young people, and dealing with emergency situations. The module will provide students with the underpinning knowledge related to the nurse's role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Inter-professional learning will continue. Students will be supported in further developing their self-awareness, using support systems to recognise, manage and deal with their own emotions. Essential nursing skill development will continue. In the first 8 weeks of the module blended and shared learning approaches support students to meet the module outcomes. During week 9 they will engage in simulated practice to further prepare, prior to their 11 week practice experience. Adult field students will consider the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary adult services. They will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in physical and/or mental distress in a range of settings. The module will include exploration of the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing physical and mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed to enable the recognition of the early signs of illness in individuals of all ages, accurate patient assessment and an understanding of the prompt and appropriate management of patients who are either acutely ill or have the potential to become so. Through teaching and learning activities students will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting their own physical and mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in adult practice. In this module Children's Nursing field students will explore health policy and legislation related to the health of children and young people. They will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate effectively with children, young people and their families. This module will introduce them to family centred care and the importance of this in the nursing of sick children. They will explore the effects of hospitalisation on children, young people and families and will begin to understand the value of therapeutic play. In this module Learning Disability nursing field students will explore the philosophy, health and social policy underpinning the provision of services to individuals with learning disabilities. They will develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate effectively with individuals who have a learning disability, their families and carers. Through teaching and learning activities they will demonstrate the importance of promoting the autonomy, rights and choices of individuals with learning disabilities. During this module Mental Health field students will explore the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary mental health services. They will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in mental distress in a range of settings. The module will include exploration of the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed in relation to factors which can lead to deterioration of mental health including trauma and abuse. Through teaching and learning activities students will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting their own mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in mental health practice. The student will be allocated to a field-specific practice learning experience as their practice Hub. Together with spoken learning experiences this will facilitate the student to meet the practice learning outcomes. The students will return to School during the placement for some one-day simulated practice to enhance skills development. Following this module there are 3 independent learning weeks in which the student can, should they need to, make up practice/theory time or undertake independent study/reading.

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FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING

This module introduces you to the four fields of nursing. With an emphasis on the acquisition of essential nursing skills, you will undertake mandatory training in preparation for your first clinical placement and explore nursing care from both biological and psychological perspectives. Heavily focused on developing person-centric care using values such as communication, dignity, care and compassion, this module has the core attributes of nursing at its heart. It will introduce you to the values and evidence base that underpin contemporary nursing practice, encapsulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code (2015). With a focus on the development of self-awareness for effective nursing practice, you will begin to develop and harness skills of lifelong learning such as reflection. You will explore key concepts including therapeutic relationships, professional boundaries, promoting health, clinical governance, interprofessional learning and systematic approaches to nursing.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The aim of this module is to explore and apply the concept of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice. There will be exploration of the impact of illness and disability on people's lives across the life span. The assessment of nursing needs and planning of interventions continues to be a key theme. The skills and knowledge related to identifying changes in health status, health crises and coping strategies form a key part of learning. An emphasis on therapeutic relationships continues in the context of empowering relationships. As student nurses you will learn the principles of maintaining and promoting health and well-being across all ages. The context of health and well-being will be grounded in public health principles looking at the relationship between lifestyle and health, detecting and responding to health changes and exploring the nature of health screening. The exploration of the impact of illness and disability will follow patient pathways as they move between primary and secondary care. There will be an emphasis on the ability to safely apply a range of diagnostic skills and the appropriate technology to assess the needs of the individual. The complexities of forming therapeutic relationships within a range of service delivery settings will be explored. The normal physiological and psychological processes of pregnancy will be focused upon with you gaining experience in pre and postnatal care over the course of this and the following module. In a similar way you will learn about the normal physical, emotional and psychological development of children and young people gaining experience in practice over the course of the year.

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LONG TERM CONDITIONS

This module explores the unique needs across the lifespan of individuals living with a long-term condition. Using a strengths based approach you will explore the adjustment needs of people, including families and carers, living with long term conditions to enable them to function to their full potential. Key concepts and content will include communication, social inclusion, reasonable adjustments, legislation, capacity, pharmacology, reflexivity, health and social policy, and end of life care. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Explore the holistic needs and expectations of individuals living with a long term condition; #Promote critical thinking and problem solving, utilising a systematic approach; #Investigate and critique the contemporary evidence base that underpins nursing practice; #Present and critically discuss evidence that is applied to/ in practice, in both the class and practice environments.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

MEETING COMPLEX NEEDS (SEPT)

The aim of this module is to facilitate your increasing autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. Theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritise the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous skills a second focus will be on effective communication in diverse and challenging situations. Themes will include influencing others, managerial strategies and the effectiveness of the inter-professional team with the option to attend Inter-professional Learning (IPL) 3 and 4 conferences. You will continue to learn in both multi-field and field specific study groups. The learning objectives of this module are to increase your autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. You will learn primarily in field specific groups and your placements will all be field specific. The theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritize and manage the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous knowledge and skills this semester will have a strong field-specific focus and the learning issues will be increasingly challenging. During this final year of the programme, you will also be expected to be an increasingly independent learner and use self-directed study time to enhance your learning in relation to the module outcomes. Your preparation for writing your literature review will be supported by taking part in seminars and a reading week. A group director will be allocated to provide academic advice. In the context of previous learning and progression within this module, mental health field students will be learning and demonstrating the knowledge and skills related to working effectively with complex cases. This will include complex mental health needs and risk assessment across a range of presentations. Content will include that related to those with dual diagnoses; to children and adolescents within mental health settings and individuals with a personality disorder. Therapeutic mental health nursing in forensic settings will also be a key theme.

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PREPARATION FOR FUTURE PRACTICE (SEPT)

This module is about students exploring their role in relation to the enhancement of nursing practice and service delivery. The emphasis will be on the knowledge and skills of a resilient nurse. Key themes will include change management, service improvement, conflict management and decision making in complex situations. Students will #consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice #be expected to contribute to the management of practice learning environment #use the knowledge gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice to members of the wider interprofessional team. The learning objectives of this module are to consolidate and review the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy is considered in the light of their existing knowledge and experience, with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations is a key theme. They are expected to contribute to the management of their practice learning environment and use the knowledge they have gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice for all members of the interprofessional team. During this final module of the programme, the students are expected to be an independent learner, using self-directed study time to enhance their learning in relation to the module outcomes. Their preparation for future practice will be further supported by participation in EBL and devising a Service Improvement Project.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBC or BCC with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 30 points
  • Scottish Highers ABBBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 1 subject at H2, 5 subjects at H3
  • BTEC DMM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 65%

Entry Requirement

Along with one of the qualifications above, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics.

We can consider Functional Skills Level 2 English, Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication instead of GCSE English, and Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

A levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking and Public Services are not considered. AS levels are not considered.

Other Qualifications

We’d encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject

Pass with Merit in 36 credits at Level 3 and Pass in 9 credits at Level 3

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.2

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)

B

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)

B

Certificate of Higher Education

55%

City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)

Distinction

Diploma of Higher Education

55%

Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject

60%

Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject

70%

Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject

55%

 

Along with one of these qualifications, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics.

We can consider Functional Skills Level 2 English, Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication instead of GCSE English, and Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. Please note that we’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will accept a number of English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme and an interview:

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Due to the competition for places on this course, please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution).

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Gap Year

We’ll welcome an application from you if you’ve already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re intending to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to do this when you apply. Please contact the Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk) if you would like to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk) to enquire further. 

We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB) and two satisfactory references. If a qualification is pending, results will need to be officially verified by the UCAS deadline of 31 August for September starters, and 1 January for February starters.

We want you to succeed, and we’ll only consider making you an offer if we believe that you’ll have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification.

The Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course. Please contact us (admissions@uea.ac.uk) with any questions or if you need any further information.

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How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

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