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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons) with NMC registration

Combine theoretical study with clinical experience within the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors, to prepare for a rewarding career in mental health nursing caring for people in a range of settings with acute, chronic and complex healthcare needs. 

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Overview

Donna Edwards, Senior Lecturer of Nursing with Registration talks about the benefits of studying Nursing with Registration at DMU.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced new national educational standards – Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency for registered Nurses in 2018. The curriculum from September 2021 onwards, is based on these standards for nurse education.

Mental health nurses play crucial roles in healthcare settings by restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families, and responding to the varied healthcare needs of individual patients or communities.

During this course – thanks to strong links with service providers across the region – we are able to offer a range of placement opportunities embedded within all three years of the course.

You will benefit from shared learning opportunities with students from the other fields of nursing practice, but will also engage in field of practice specific learning opportunities throughout the programme, to ensure that you develop mental health nursing field of practice identity, knowledge and skills.

Financial support

From September 2020, all nursing degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 additional funding available.

Key features

  • The programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and upon graduation of the programme, you will be eligible to register with the NMC.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for registration, and registered nurses can start on a salary of more than £25,655 (NHS pay scales 2020/21). 
  • Study in our purpose-built facilities which comprise clinical skills suites, a moving and handling area, and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation room– allowing you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment.
  • Have an opportunity to gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Our students have taken part in healthcare programmes in Peru, improved the health of communities in India and examined the social and health inequalities faced by specific populations in the US.
  • We have more than 50 years of teaching experience, enabling us to deliver high-quality professional education to our diverse studentship.

Uniform policy

All students will be required to adhere to a uniform policy when in practice, in which they must be bare below the elbow. This is non-negotiable as it is an infection prevention requirement to safeguard the health and safety of all students and service users.


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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B701

Duration: Three years full-time (45 week year). 

Start dates: September 2022

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

 

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

This programme is not currently available to international students

 

Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English and Maths

Passes in Functional Key Skills in Level 2 Maths and English will only be accepted if the qualification and awarding organisation is regulated by Ofqual.

Plus one of the following:

A Level

  • A minimum of 112 points from 2 or more A levels, including at least two subjects at C or above. We do not accept General Studies or UCAS points achieved through music exams. 

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - normally in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at DMM
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - normally in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at DMM

Access course

  • AHE (Nursing and Midwifery)
  • AHE (Science)
  • AHE (Health Professions)

Pass in the QAA Access to HE with a minimum of 96 UCAS points

GCSE English and Maths or functional skills level 2 qualifications in English and Maths are required. 

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate  26+ points

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 overall when you start the course is essential, with a 7.0 in all components except writing which should be at least 6.5. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

 

Interview: Yes

Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision-making regarding an applicant’s application.

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by the content of their personal statement and interview for the core values of the NHS constitution. Interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Work experience: Yes

Applicants are required to demonstrate relevant work experience. This would normally include experience from formal or informal employment, school or college work placements, voluntary work and other relevant life experiences.

Non-academic requirements

As well as academic requirements, you will also be required to meet and fulfil non-academic requirements which are stated below:

  • Self-Declaration Form clearance
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure clearance

You submit an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

Covid-19 vaccination requirements

This course includes compulsory clinical placements, therefore placement providers may require you to provide evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 (unless medically exempt).

Find out how to book your vaccinations.

You must meet and fulfil all non-academic requirements before 18th July 2022.

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Availability: This course has a limited number of places so that we can ensure a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for a place on an alternative course.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Expertise and accreditations

 

 

First Year

  • Practice Experience 1 

  • Transition into Higher Education 

  • Foundations of Nursing Practise

  • Foundations of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

  • Influences on Wellbeing

  • Foundations of Field of Practise

Second Year

  • Practice Experience 2

  • Research and Evidence Based-Practice

  • Primary Care – Patient Journey 1 

  • Acute Care – Patient Journey 2

  • Complex Care – Patient Journey 3

Third Year

  • Practice Experience 3

  • Critical inquiry and research proposal

  • Leadership and Service Improvement

  • Managing Complexities in Nursing Practise

  • Consolidating Care and Professional Practise

Learning is supported by a strong system of personal tutors, teaching teams, academic assessors, practice work placements and enthusiastic practice supervisors and assessors. Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (face to face and online)
  • Seminars
  • Webinars
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation activities
  • Clinical skills learning
  • Enquiry-based problem solving
  • Independent e-learning
  • Peer learning sets

The programme meets the NMC (2018) requirements for an equal split between both theory and practice and the QAA requirements for a BSc (Hons) Award. The programme provides 2,534 hours of theory and 2,480 hours of practice (50.5% theory and 49.5% practice) across the duration of the three years of the programme.

You will complete blocks of clinical placements 40 hours per week and blocks comprised of theory and independent learning hours up to an equivalent of 37.5 hours each week.

Students in practice placements are allocated an academic assessor, practice supervisors and practice assessors to help develop and support learning in the practice context.

Inter-professional (IP) learning allows you to mix with other students and professionals, and understand wider issues and debates in the sector.

Assessments

A variety of approaches are used to assess theory and practice.

Practice is assessed through the completion of your practice documentation which reflects the standards required by the NMC (2018) for Future Nurse Proficiencies.

Theory is assessed through academic assessments including; assignments, reports, examinations, workbooks, screencast presentations and case studies.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the modules you are studying. However, typically you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching per week.

Many of our nursing lecturers are registered nurses or other health care professionals and qualified teachers and many are also research active. Further subject and research expertise is provided by our VC2020 lecturers. A number of our lecturers have doctoral level qualifications and many staff are currently undertaking academic and professional doctorates.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and has been developed to reflect the requirements of the NMC (2018) Future Nurse proficiencies standards of Nursing Education.

The nursing team have an excellent reputation and good links with the local NHS trust and other potential employers, which is beneficial when you are applying for jobs.

Facilities and features

Clinical skills and simulation facilities for Health and Life Sciences

At DMU we provide clinical skills and simulation teaching and practice that will enhance your theoretical learning by using a realistic, immersive environment that mimics the practice environments you will encounter during your clinical placements and in your career beyond. This provides our students with opportunities to develop cognitive, practical and interpersonal skills through a comprehensive programme of simulated experiences and clinical skills sessions, allowing you to develop the confidence to perform in the real world.

DMU have invested heavily in extending and enhancing the range of clinical skills and simulation facilities available for health and life science students. We currently have two dedicated spaces on campus that provide flexible teaching and assessment spaces to meet a wide range of student’s needs. 

Hawthorn building houses two ward environments, a dedicated midwifery suite, radiography suite and bespoke manual handling and paramedicine spaces, alongside contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories. 

Our facility in Heritage house offers three flexible teaching wards, a soft furnished space, audiology suite and observation room along with four dedicated clinical assessment rooms. Students will benefit from the installation of audio /visual technology that allows sessions to be recorded and live streamed, facilitating remote learning opportunities. This technology also enhances your learning opportunities through the use of meaningful debriefing of teaching and simulation sessions allowing you to reflect on your practice and improve in both ability and confidence before taking your learning into the real world.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to complete a number of placements, which offer invaluable professional experience. Placements are typically provided across the East Midlands, in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and sometimes in surrounding counties. Students must therefore be prepared to travel to access placement opportunities which are an essential component of the programme.

In your placement, you will work alongside practice supervisors and practice assessors to learn the practical application of nursing relevant to your chosen field. Placements are typically based in a variety of acute and community health environments and social care settings, including caring for individuals in their own homes. This includes a range of different shift patterns across a 24-hour cycle.

Further information

All students will be required to adhere to a uniform policy when in practice, in which they must be bare below the elbow. This is non-negotiable as it is an infection prevention requirement to safeguard the health and safety of all students and service users.

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Graduate Careers

Due to the uncertainty faced by all higher educational institutes in the UK in regards to the current Brexit situation, DMU cannot guarantee that the qualifications obtained at DMU will be valid in Europe. It is the student’s responsibility to make sufficient enquiries with the country you intend to or envisage to work in and further to remain up to date with the regulation changes taking place within that country.

Once qualified, our postgraduate study opportunities further enhance your knowledge and skills, including master’s degrees, Learning Beyond Registration modules, professional doctorates and the Physician Associate Studies MSc.

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DMU Global

DMU Global is our innovative international experience programme, which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have recently undertaken DMU Global trips to places such as Peru, where they took part in healthcare programmes, as well as India, where they helped to improve the health of communities living there. Another trip gave students the opportunity to examine the social and health inequalities faced in America. 

 

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