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Mental Health and Psychosocial Care

NHS nurses start at level 5 and with experience and further qualifications can progress into a range of areas.



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Level 5 Clinical

Staff nurse
Working with people of all ages, you will be on the front line of nursing, assessing patient needs, implementing care plans and managing medication.

Level 6 Clinical

Senior staff nurse/community learning disabilities nurse
Nurses in these roles assess people’s conditions, plan and implement care and provide valuable advice and support for people and their families. 

Level 6 Management

Team leader
You will have a high degree of autonomy, assessing patients, planning and implementing care in a wide variety of settings.

Level 6 Education

Lecturer practitioner
Supporting other practitioners in their learning, you will deliver education and training in either an educational or healthcare setting, or a combination of both

Level 6 Research

Research assistant
You will likely work in a university or other research centre, supporting research teams by preparing interviews, recruiting research participants and collating data.

Level 7 Clinical

Clinical nurse specialist/community mental health nurse
You will provide specialist advice to those with mental health illnesses, provide evidence-based care and work to improve the lives of those with conditions and their families.

Level 7 Management 

Ward manager/nurse adviser
Ward managers are responsible for ensuring high-quality care and overseeing the day-to-day running of a hospital ward or specialist unit. Nurse advisers provide expert clinical advice across organisations, sectors and professions. Nurses support commissioners and service planners in designing services that provide quality and actively promote independence of service users.

Level 7 Education

Senior lecturer
Working in an educational or practice setting (or both), you will deliver training and create a supportive learning environment. Operating with greater autonomy, you will either work on your own or lead a team of educationalists or healthcare professionals.

Level 7 Research

Clinical trials nurse/research fellow
A clinical trials nurse combines direct care with clinical research. You will contribute to the development of new trials and take a lead on gaining R&D approval. A research fellow is usually based in a university or research centre and develops the evidence base to support the delivery of health and social care within a specialist area.

Level 8 Clinical

Nurse consultant
Your role blends direct, higher level clinical care with education, research and management activities.

Level 8 Management

Modern matron/assistant director
Matrons provide high-level and visible leadership, setting and maintaining standards of excellence on a ward. In a community care setting, an assistant director sets the strategic vision for services that deliver safe and effective evidence-based mental health care.

Level 8 Education

Head of department
Designing and leading courses, either in a university or practice setting (or both), you will provide academic leadership and ensure high levels of teaching.

Level 8 Research

Working at a university and specialising in a specific area, your research will be published in peer review journals and potentially have a big impact on the way care is delivered.

Level 9 Clinical

Director of Social Services
Among a wide range of responsibilities, you will be responsible for developing and implementing policies, strategies and services to improve and raise awareness of mental health and learning disability issues.

Level 9 Management

Board director
You will provide powerful leadership to an organisation’s nurses and healthcare professionals, contributing to overall strategy.

Level 9 Education

University dean
It will be your responsibility for the entire strategy of the school or faculty, to establish nursing education courses and create a culture where high-quality learning and research can thrive.

Level 9 Research

University professors lead and develop nursing research and the education of nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559