Nursing - Mental Health BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

September 2016

code: B760

The entry requirements below are for students starting in September 2016.

Overview

Open up a varied and rewarding career for yourself. One-quarter of the population will experience a mental health problem at some point. As a specialist nurse, your skills and support will make a real difference in many people’s lives.

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Full description

Careers

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On successful completion of your course, you will be able to register and practise as a mental health nurse. This is because our course meets the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).



You’ll graduate with the confidence you need to work in this challenging but rewarding field. Besides the necessary clinical expertise, you will have developed your people skills and be an effective team member. As a registered mental health nurse, you could work in the community or a hospital. You might choose a role in acute in-patient care, assertive outreach, home treatment, early intervention, or a community mental health team. Find out more about our graduates' careers by reading their employability case studies.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Fundamentals Knowledge and Skills for Nursing
    This first theory / practice module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to deliver fundamental and safe care. You will reflect on patient safety, the NMC Code (2015) and NHS Constitution values. An introduction to human anatomy and physiology and to the prevention of ill-health and promotion of healthy behaviours will prepare you to recognise the nurse’s role in public health. Mental illness and recovery and common mental health problems and diagnoses will be studied and conditions such as dementia will be explored. You will also be introduced to leadership skills, study skills, communication and interpersonal skills. Finally, fundamental skills of hygiene, infection control, nutrition, fluid management and medicines management awareness will be provided in skills based sessions.
  • Professional Knowledge and Values for Nursing Practice
    Professional and NHS Constitution values will be explored from a range of perspectives. Person-centred care will be addressed through the exploration of patient autonomy and patients’ rights. The concepts of advocacy, raising concerns and candour will provide you with an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters that support the delivery of safe care. The module builds on knowledge of bioscience and clinical skills to further enhance delivery of safe fundamental care. Communication skills are also considered across a range of service user groups including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties and dementia. Key themes include professional values, multi-cultural needs, recognising and raising concerns as well as safety in drug administration.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your first year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 80%.

Year two, core modules

  • Values and Engagement in Mental Health Nursing
    This module will explore the nature of mental illness and mental health nursing practice within a biopsychosocial, cultural and historical context. You will identify and explore both the purpose and process of assessment with people using mental health services. Quality assessment requires practitioners to be knowledgeable, skilful and able to recognise, communicate and respond competently, with care and compassion. You will be encouraged to use local and national policies, guidance and directives to guide your studies. The module intends to challenge your pre-existing values, beliefs and opinions and aims to facilitate the development of core principles that support a philosophy of recovery led and service user focused care across the lifespan.
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing
    This module encourages the acquisition of skills and knowledge around therapeutic engagement and interventions within mental health care. The spectrum of interventions ranging from prevention, to treatments, to continuing development will be examined. You will analyse how socially inclusive practice and focusing on the promotion of dignity influences participation and the result of interventions. Subjective and objective appraisals will be included to illustrate perceptions and measurements of intervention outcome. This will help you understand the function of transparent clinical actions and will provide vital consideration for your future practice.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your second year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 90%.

Year three, core modules

  • Leadership and Decision Making in Nursing
    This module will enable you to enhance your leadership, peer coaching and decision making skills. You will develop a varied and flexible repertoire of skills to be able to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams, in the often challenging environments encountered in modern clinical practice. Development of key management skills of assertiveness, delegation and coaching will be provided as well as tools for resilience to withstand the stresses and pressures of practice. You will be equipped to make a successful transition to registered nurse and to generate positive change in delivering high quality patient care.
  • Promoting Quality in Health Care
    Understanding and applying concepts of quality assurance, clinical governance, standard setting and the role of audit in maintaining standards will be key drivers in this module. Risk assessment and management are equally as important in supporting patient safety and you will have the opportunity to consider how patient safety may be enhanced through an exploration of human factors and system design. All practice will take place in Adult Nursing settings to ensure that you develop and apply these skills to you own field of nursing. During the final practice placement, you will be expected to negotiate an area for service improvement to enhance the patient experience.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your final year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 100%.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

We use a range of methods to help ensure you are making the right level of progress during the course. Besides exams, they include essays, presentations, care studies and practice assessment.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Culture and diversity is therefore integral in our BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing program, where we uphold and explore the NHS values in a variety of settings. We along with our partner institutions and NHS Trusts embrace diversity and equality as well as your spiritual needs. We will encourage you to observe the essential practices associated with your particular faith. This includes, prayer, dress, and the carrying or wearing of spiritual symbols.

In order to protect patient, uniforms have to respect all NHS Trust policies related to infection control, health and safety and the NMC code. If you are worried that the dress code may impact on your spiritual beliefs do not hesitate to discuss this with your admissions tutor who will advise you.

Fees & funding

How do I pay my fees?

NHS students have different finance arrangements to students on other undergraduate courses.

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Funding for NHS courses

The NHS finance package is made up of three parts, non-means tested grant, means-tested bursary and maintenance loan but there is some additional funding you might be eligible for:

  • Childcare allowance
  • Dependants’ allowance
  • Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
  • Parent learning allowance
  • NHS practice placement expenses

Entry requirements

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From the above information we will calculate requirements for Scottish/Irish Highers, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureate equivalents so that they are all equitable. We will also accept tariff points from other qualifications on the UCAS tariff such as the Cambridge Pre-U (subject requirements will be assumed to be the same as for A Level).

Applying

All applications must go via UCAS. We only accept applications between September and 15 January for the following intake year. Late applications will only be considered if places are available.

International applicants

Due to restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service) we can't accept nursing applications from international students unless you have, and can produce evidence of, 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK' and have lived in the UK for three years or more for reasons other than education prior to the course. Residents of the EEA (other than UK) may not have to pay course fees but will not usually be eligible for a bursary.

Interviews

If your application is shortlisted you'll be invited to attend an interview at our University. This will comprise of a talk about the course, numeracy test, literacy test, a group interview and an individual interview. You'll also be expected to send scanned copies of your original educational certificates and ID documentation prior to interview and bring the originals to a pre-course day prior to starting the course.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is a check with police forces and local authorities in the UK to ascertain whether or not you are suitable to work with certain groups of vulnerable people. These checks are required to be carried out on all prospective students to ensure the safety of our client group.

Further information on DBS disclosure will be sent at a later date if you are successful and firmly accept your place at Anglia Ruskin University.

DBS re-checks: As a nursing student on the BSc Honours degree you will be required to undergo DBS screening each year.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Entry requirements are for March 2016 and September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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