Choose Kingston's Mental Health Nursing PgDip

  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Our partnership with the South West London Recovery College offers you the opportunity to learn from and with mental health service users.
  • Our mental health ward simulations received the Nursing Times Award in 2012 for 'Innovation in mental health teaching'.
  • An adult insight placement will help you develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your first year. In the UK, students have worked in a wide range of settings including Broadmoor Hospital.

About mental health nursing

The focus of mental health nursing is on the person, who is placed at the centre of care. Mental health nurses work in partnership with people to enable them to identify strategies for coping and overcoming their illness. The focus of mental health nursing is on recovery enabling the person to attain a desired quality of life. Mental health nurses work to challenge out of date views regarding mental illness and help service users cope with the stigma that is still present in today's society.

What will you study?

Mental health nursing is underpinned by the notion of 'recovery', and you work collaboratively with service users to build on their strengths and manage their problems to encourage the best quality of life. The first year is divided into two parts. In part one, you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare for a graduate nurse. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to mental health nursing. In your second year (part three) you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to a registered nurse.

Please note: We are unable to consider students for 2016 entry who are not eligible for a Department of Health bursary for this programme. Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 modules (part one and two)

  • Introduction to Nursing for Graduates
  • Nursing Practice Part 1
  • Collaborative Working to Provide Essential Mental Health Care
  • The Care Process in Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Practice Part 2

Year 2 modules (part three)

  • Complexities of Mental Health Nursing
  • Transition to Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
  • Developing and Analysing Evidence-Based Practice
  • Nursing Practice Part 3

Constants/themes throughout the programme

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole two-year programme:

  • Professional values.
  • Quality of life.
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Medicines management.
  • Safeguarding and risk.
  • Lifespan.
  • Life sciences.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships.
  • Self-awareness and reflection.
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Nursing skills (essential skills clusters).
  • Study skills.
  • Self-awareness and reflection.
  • Ethics and law.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships.
  • Research and evidence-based practice.
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills.

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Cost & Fees

Kingston University and St George's, University of London only accept applications from UK and EU students for this course.

The NHS pays the fees for this course but you need to apply for an NHS Bursary for this.

If you are seconded to the course by your employer, your employing NHS trust pays your fees.

Program taught in:
  • English

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