This course has flexible start dates for 2013-14. Click here to find out more
Start Dates: September; March
Three years full-time
Mental health nurses provide care for people experiencing mental health problems, working in the community, specialist hospitals or health centres. You will learn about how to support people during the most acute phases of their distress, how to work with people who have issues around substance misuse or offending behaviour and how to help those with ongoing mental health problems.
50% of your studies will be spent in clinical practice in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector, across Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale or Salford. You will spend time in a well supported environment, working alongside qualified nurse mentors.
In the third year you have the opportunity to go on an international placement to experience care outside of the UK for example, in Sweden or Germany.
On successful completion of this course you will have a recognised degree qualification that leads to registration, as a qualified nurse, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
This course is delivered over three semesters per year. Throughout this course theory and practice are integrated into each module.
You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to meet the needs of the users, carers and significant others. You will develop knowledge of concepts of health, public health and health promotion including an awareness of factors affecting health within a diverse and multi-cultural society. You will do this through the development of knowledge and the fundamental skills required for all nurses and within your chosen field of practice.
You will apply essential knowledge, skills and the professional attitudes needed to deliver and promote holistic care of mental and physical health across the life span by analysing decision-making, problem solving and prioritising skills in nursing practice.
You will prepare for the transition from student nurse to qualified professional nurse both professionally and autonomously in order to manage yourself and others effectively. You will be able to develop practice using the best available evidence that incorporates both nursing expertise and knowledge, together with that of the patient/service user.
Three Core Modules:
Plus two optional modules from:
Three core modules:
|APL||Any applicant who already has GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above, and verifiable experience may be considered for entry to the course|
|GCSEs||All applicants must have English and Maths of at least Grade C,|
|UCAS tariff points||260-300 UCAS points|
|Scottish Highers||Equivalence of 260-300 UCAS points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Equivalence of 260-300 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate||25 points|
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.
Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course.
IELTS - Minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7
Nursing is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student nurse:
This course uses a variety of teaching methods such as
50% of your learning will be spent in clinical practice and the other 50% will be in academic learning at the University.
Assessment of theory and practice is continuous and varied. In the clinical area of this course you will need to meet the criteria laid down by the NMC at specific points throughout the three years. You will also be assessed academically using
As a graduate and qualified staff nurse in your chosen field of practice you will be able to apply for a job in either an acute setting such as a hospital or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS or in the public and private sectors for example, a ward, a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.
You will work alongside a qualified mentor in clinical practice areas where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings. You will be expected to work the same shift patterns as your mentor (including weekends and night duty) and will need to be able to travel to and from clinical placements.
You will spend half of your time at the University and the other half working in clinical areas or the community within local NHS Trusts. These will include hospitals and community placements across the Greater Manchester area including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Central Manchester, Wythenshawe and others.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||If you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses|
Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £82 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance is required in Year 1 of study only; uniforms will be required each year. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £10 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.
We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.
The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.
The equipment includes: