Highlights of Nursing at Nottingham
- Early adopter of the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards
- First year aligns with standard university terms (37 weeks) – no teaching or placements during the summer holiday
- Wednesday afternoons are free for participation in sports and clubs
- International opportunities; elective placement and ERASMUS funded European placement
- Some placement choices and a placement exchange scheme
- Tailor your learning with third year optional modules
- Students will be ‘prescriber ready’ upon course completion
- Benefit from the option to study extra qualifications, i.e. the Dementia Certificate
- Resilience based clinical supervision
- Summer graduation
We are one of a small number of schools in the UK which score highly in both teaching and research. We were rated ‘Gold’ in the 2017 Teaching Exercise Framework, ranked 8th in the UK for our research power (2014 Research Exercise Framework), and our students are outstanding, regularly winning local and national awards such as the Student Nursing Times Awards ‘Student Nurse of the Year’.
Our BSc Mental Health Nursing course is aimed at those who are committed to providing excellence in care to people who experience mental health problems. Mental health nurses make a vital contribution to supporting service users’ recovery, working alongside people to help them manage their distress and work towards individual goals.
Giving you three full years in your chosen specialism, this course is designed to build the skills and knowledge needed for a modern nursing career. We offer a person-centred approach, offering holistic care for the individual and their family - covering social, psychological and biological perspectives - and you will gain clinical experience in a supportive environment.
Students will learn a range of mental health nursing skills including communication skills, building rapport, and developing a therapeutic relationship. You will also learn about different psychological approaches and techniques that can help people learn how to manage their mental distress. These skills will be developed through role play, working in groups, understanding the underpinning theories, and on practice placements.
Alongside the huge range of University support services, particular care has been given to develop a course that supports you to become a confident and independent learner. As such, the course has been specially developed to provide the wide-ranging, high-level skills you need; not just in terms of the practical work you will do, but also by sharpening your creativity, critical judgement and ability to lead.
The Division of Nursing sits within the School of Health Sciences, which is a research active school. All our teaching staff are experts in the field, with many having published key nursing textbooks or having national or international research profiles.
New curriculum for 2018
We are pleased to introduce a new BSc curriculum in September 2018 which meets the new Standards for Nursing which will be published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in 2018. This means students starting with us in September 2018 will be among the first cohort of graduates who meet the new standards for nursing, such as having a range of extended skills and being prescriber ready.
The majority of study takes place at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where we have a clinical skills centre and drop in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment.
Students benefit from taking part in simulations which enable them to practice mental health nursing care with patients (actors) in a safe environment. Mental Health students also have the opportunity to work alongside child field students, participating in simulated scenarios with young people who experience emotional distress.
In addition, students can take advantage of the free HELM Open database, offering over 200 quality, peer-reviewed online learning and teaching resources.
Getting to our Nottingham campus is easy, with a wide range of transport links available, from the tram – with stops at both Queen’s Medical Centre and University Park Campus – to a number of public bus services.
We are proud to have one of the most active students’ unions at any UK university, with over 200 societies and sports clubs where you can have fun, gain new skills and meet like-minded people. Students can also join the Nursing and Midwifery Association (NMA) society, who host social activities, organise sporting events and provide welfare support.
I chose Nottingham because of the opportunities it provides to learn at world-renowned healthcare facilities, alongside staff that are specialists in their field. I have also participated in a number of extracurricular activities that underpin and enable me to use the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout my training.
- Jodi Shaw, BSc Nursing
Students will undertake six placements, lasting four to ten weeks, plus an elective placement and a management placement.
You will have a range of allocations and experiences including community, private, voluntary and independent, acute care, crisis support, and mental healthcare of the older person. Additional experiences may include forensic services, including high secure hospital, child and adolescent mental health services, substance misuse and addition services, liaison psychiatry, and mother and baby mental health services.
Placements are located within:
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Nottingham City Care Partnership
- Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust
- Private, voluntary or independent healthcare providers
We believe it’s important for you to gain experience not only in the local area, but also further afield, and you will have the opportunity to study nursing overseas, or elsewhere in the UK. This means you will:
- See how different trusts operate, giving you a wider perspective of the healthcare sector
- Broaden your practice experience and clinical skills
- Better prepare yourself for a nursing career, understanding the challenges that both patients and healthcare professionals face at various stages
- Make connections for future job opportunities and learn which role is suitable for you
During placements, you will be supported by experienced clinical mentors and participate in student forums.
Placements have been absolutely fantastic and the teaching hospitals have been brilliant.
- NSS student feedback, 2016
During the second year of your course you will undertake a four-week elective placement, just before the summer holidays. The timing of this placement means that students who choose international electives will have the opportunity to travel afterwards.
Students arrange their own elective placement and can stay in the UK or have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and the student is able to fund their trip. For more information, see the 'International Opportunities' tab.
Year one aligns with the standard university terms, lasting 37 weeks, and does not extend into the summer holiday period. You will have just one placement in first year, lasting four weeks. Similar to most other students, you will have Wednesday afternoons, evenings and weekends free. This means you are more able to fully engage with student life and that university catered accommodation, as opposed to non-catered accommodation, becomes a more viable option.
Clinical skill development is an essential part of any nursing course. This will occur both in teaching and practice. In the first year, you will study in a clinical learning environment with experts through experience, expert nurses and university lecturers to develop communication and extended nursing skills to prepare you for nursing practice.
Your learning will encompass a range of different subjects, including:
- biological sciences
- professional nursing
- clinical learning
- evidence for nursing practice
This will enable you to meet peoples mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural needs.
Years two and three
In years two and three you will continue to develop your nursing knowledge and skills in psychology, sociology, biological sciences and pharmacology to enable you to apply these when assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating mental health nursing care. You will also develop critical thinking so you can apply the practical nursing skills you’ve learnt to make decisions with the people you are caring for and their families.
Year two is 43 weeks long, including a 4 week elective. You will experience a variety of placement opportunities in some of the Midlands’ leading healthcare trusts, receiving resilience based clinical supervision to prepare you for registered nursing practice.
An example of the clinical skills you will learn are:
- How to assess mental health and wellbeing status in adults and young people, including people with a range of diagnoses and mental health needs
- Take a history, observe and assess signs of mental and emotional distress
- Developing skills in a range of therapeutic techniques to support the recovery of people who experience mental distress
In year three, which is 35 weeks long, you have the opportunity to select optional modules. You can choose these to either help guide your career or to expand your knowledge and skills. You also have a degree of choice for your final management placement which will help you decide your future career, or work in an area of practice you’ve not yet experienced.
Once you have successfully completed the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered mental health nurse.
We welcome applications from individuals irrespective of age, race, sexual orientation or background as the diversity this brings to nursing reflects the population you will be caring for as a registered nurse. We are experienced in providing advice relevant to your needs as a mature nursing student through our personal tutor and University support systems.
Find out more about studying at Nottingham as a mature student on the mature students' website.
As a mature student I’ve had a lot of support and realised that there’s a lot of people in the same boat as me - that don’t live within the halls of residence at University, and that are around my age - so I’ve had a lot of peer support as well as the academic support.
- Gavin Hibberd-Smith
We will be offering up to a maximum of five places for international students. Please note that our international course fees include uniforms and placements.
It is highly beneficial for UK students to study with international students, as it broadens their outlook of nursing, allowing them to share experiences and differing practice techniques.
The University of Nottingham International College (TUNIC) opened in January 2017 offering international students foundation courses including a science foundation certificate and assistance to meet the entry requirements in English provided by Kaplan International Colleges. As of September 2017 this will include courses specifically tailored for nurse entry.
You will need to satisfy both the Kaplan and University entry requirements to obtain a place on this course. Successful completion of the foundation course, with the necessary progression requirements including maths and English, will be accepted as equivalent qualifications for entry onto one of the nursing courses.
Acceptance onto the nursing course is dependent on face to face interview, Certificate of Good Character, Occupational Health assessment and an IELTS of 7.5.
For more information, see the 'English language requirements' tab under 'Entry requirements'.
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