Nursing - Mental Health

BSc


Introduction

 

Student Nursing Times Award 2016 winnerMental health nursing is a challenging yet rewarding profession which allows its practitioners to establish strong therapeutic relationships with their clients.

Our mental health nursing students are provided with every opportunity to achieve the competencies required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  They are offered a vibrant, thought-provoking and challenging academic course coupled with a wide range of practice learning experiences.

The mental health degree course is derived from the firm belief that mental health and well-being services must provide excellent services which respect the intrinsic value of people and their individuality (Repper and Perkins, 2004). This philosophy is firmly held by all members of the programme team and underpins the whole mental health programme.

Mental health nursing is fundamentally about working alongside people to promote their mental health and well being and recovery. Developing and sustaining helping, supportive and therapeutic relationships with service users, their families and carers is the core of mental health nursing and the foundation for the delivery of person-centred, safe and effective care, support and interventions.

NHS Education for Scotland:  National Framework for Pre Registration Mental Health Nursing Field Programmes

You will achieve your Mental Health Nursing degree within our 330-acre, multi-award winning campus in Stirling.

From 2017 entry onwards nurse education at the Highland Campus in Inverness and the Western Isles Campus in Stornoway is now conducted by the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • UCAS: B760
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Study methods: Full-time, Campus based
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Cari Malcolm
  • Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
  • Location: Stirling Campus

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University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK

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  1. We are the highest ranked provider of Mental Health Nursing in Scotland, (The Complete University Guide, 2016).
  2. As well as providing the foundation for a future career in mental health nursing it provides the basis for future academic development either through post-graduate study or research.
  3. A Mental Health Nursing degree from the University of Stirling will prepare you to meet the needs the modern profession and to provide the best possible patient care. You will leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to join a clinical team on graduation.
  4. You will gain a degree in Adult Nursing or Mental Health Nursing from a multi-award winning Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, led by a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, real nursing experience and a wealth of world-class publications who will support you both personally and academically.
  5. Our curriculum is informed by research and encourages students to take an evidence-based approach to nursing care. There is also a strong articulation between our course and the Scottish Government’s Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland.

Accreditation

NMC logoThe course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course objectives

The overarching programme outcomes reflect the NMC Standards for Pre‐registrationNursing Education (NMC, 2010) and will aim to ensure our graduate nurses are able to:

  1. Deliver high-quality essential care to all.
  2. Deliver complex care to service users across their field of practice.
  3. Act to safeguard the public, and be responsible and accountable for safe, person‐
  4. centred, evidence‐based nursing practice.
  5. Act with professionalism and integrity, and work within agreed professional,ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards.5. Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and
  6. Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and
  7. communicating effectively.
  8. Act on their understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing.
  9. Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.
  10. Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies,service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.
  11. Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services.

 

What makes us different?

At the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016, the University of Stirling was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year for pre-registration nursing. Final-year student Robert Murray also picked up the award for Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health.

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"Stirling recognised as best nurse education provider"

 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Entry qualifications

SQA Higher:  BBB 

GCE A-level: CCC

IB Diploma:  28 points

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.


Additional information

General entrance requirements apply
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or Level 4 or equivalent required. English Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or Level 4 or equivalent required.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have evidence of your English language skills:

International (non-EU) students must have:

  • IELTS with overall score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each skill; this is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) English language requirement for all non EU applicants.

EU Students must have one of the following:

  • IELTS score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 100 with no subtest less than 20

More information on our English language requirements.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Alternative routes

Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are welcomed.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is facilitated within the Faculty and this may result in a shortened programme of study.  Further information about RPL

Application procedure

What other criteria are considered for BSc Mental Health Nursing

Other qualities and interests are carefully considered largely through your personal statement. Explaining why you’re choosing a course is essential and your knowledge of and interest in mental health nursing should be evident. Voluntary or paid experience in a care setting is welcomed and the applicant is strongly advised to make links between the knowledge, values and skills gained in these experiences and the course being applied for. Other experience, which demonstrates your commitment and your ability to work in a team, is also valuable.

References are also required. Provide an academic reference if possible, but failing this, an employer’s reference. Friends as referees are not accepted. Should you be applying to transfer from another Institution a third reference and a transcript from that Institution would be required.

You must be committed to accessing practice learning experiences anywhere within the Faculty area in conjunction with our partner trusts which cover an extensive geographical area in Scotland. You should also be aware that holiday periods are pre-determined within the course.

As well as the entry requirements stated for the course, students applying to nursing should be aware of the following:

Will there be an interview?

There is a compulsory Applicant Day which is designed specifically for entrants to nursing. Guidelines will be provided in advance of the Applicant Day to assist with preparation for this event.

What other factors are involved?

All applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. This will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and to the extent relevant to this course may also show details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder.

Previous criminal convictions need not exclude you, but all convictions must be declared and some occurrences may result in an unsuccessful application. A panel may be convened to determine the applicant’s fitness for accessing practice placements.

All applicants must be passed fit by Occupational Health. This will require a questionnaire and also a personal visit to the campus in addition to and on a separate occasion to the Applicant Day.

To protect your privacy, neither of these checks will normally be carried out until an offer has been made.

Can I visit the University?

The selection process is part of a much wider Applicant Day which gives full information on the course and facilities specifically designed for nursing students. Read more about our location.

Please note: this process is subject to change.

Fees and costs

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Payment options

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Scholarships & funding

Students who meet the residence eligibility criteria may be eligible for the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary. Further details are available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS):www.saas.gov.uk

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Semester 1
 Learning to Learn for Nurses  SCQF Level 07, 10 credits
This introductory module aims to facilitate the transition to higher education ensuring students have a clear understanding of the requirements and expectations for undertaking an undergraduate nursing degree.  Students will be encouraged to develop and refine skills and strategies required for effective and lifelong learning.
 Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing  SCQF Level 07, 10 credits
This module aims to introduce students to the wider concepts of health and wellbeing from the perspectives of health, social and behavioural sciences. The questions ‘what makes a healthy individual, healthy family and healthy society?’ and ‘why are certain individuals, families and societies more or less healthy than others?’ will be explored.
 Foundations in Nursing Practice 1  SCQF Level 07, 20 credits
This module introduces students to professional nursing practice and principles of nursing care across a variety of health and social care settings and within their relevant field of practice. Students will develop a foundational understanding of the professional, legal and ethical frameworks within which nurses practice.
 Communities of Practice 1  SCQF Level 07, 20 credits
During this module, students will undertake seven weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment (PLE). Each student will be allocated a registered mentor (named mentor) who will support and supervise the student whilst undertaking their practice learning. The programme will ensure that a mentor is available to students for at least 40% of the time during periods of practice learning to support students in developing their professional skills in practice (NMC 2010).
Semester 2
 Health Sciences for Nursing  SCQF Level 07, 20 credits
The emphasis within this module will be on the development of a breadth of knowledge related to the anatomical structure and physiological principles of the human body.
 Foundations in Nursing Practice 2  SCQF Level 07, 20 credits
Students will continue to explore the nursing process as a model for safe, effective and compassionate nursing care. There will be a key focus on assessment as the initial phase in the care planning process.
 Communities of Practice 2  SCQF Level 07, 20 credits
During this module, students will undertake nine weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support  of an allocated a registered mentor.

Semester 3
 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care SCQF Level 08, 20 credits 
Legal and ethical concepts, frameworks, theories and principles will be explored in order to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of how they impact on professional nursing practice.
 Alterations in Health and Implications for Mental Health Nursing Care 1 SCQF Level 08, 20 credits 
This module gives students the opportunity to further develop and apply their knowledge of health, social and behavioural sciences within the context of nursing care provision. Students will begin to explore the pathophysiology associated with a range of physical and mental health conditions and associated care requirements in line with best evidence.
 Communities of Practice 3  SCQF Level 08, 20 credits
This module builds on Communities of Practice 2. During this module, students will undertake ten weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.
Semester 4
 Prioritising People: Promoting Health and Wellbeing  SCQF Level 08, 20 credits
This module builds on the earlier Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing module, focusing in greater depth on how the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities can be promoted and protected across the life span.
 Alterations in Health and Implications for Mental Health Nursing Care 2  SCQF Level 08, 20 credits
This module gives students the opportunity to further develop and apply their knowledge of health, social and behavioural sciences within the context of nursing care provision. Students will begin to explore the pathophysiology associated with a range of physical and mental health conditions and associated care requirements in line with best evidence.
 Communities of Practice 4  SCQF Level 08, 20 credits
This module builds on Communities of Practice 3. During this module, students will undertake ten weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.
Semester 5
 Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits
This module has been developed in response to this demand for nurses to develop strong leadership in order to work within a dynamic and changing health and social care environment.
 Managing Complexity in Mental Health Nursing Practice 1  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits
This module will aim to bring together the knowledge and skills students acquired in years one and two of the programme and focus on the delivery of compassionate person-centred care in more complex and demanding situations.
 Communities of Practice 5  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits
This module builds on Communities of Practice 4. During this module, students will undertake twelve weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.
Semester 6
 Transitions to Professional Practice  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits

The module will focus on how inter-professional team working has the potential to improve the effectiveness of patient care. Through simulation and role play students will critically examine situations arising in practice where inter-professional collaboration and teamwork can be optimised to ensure safe and effective care.  

 Managing Complexity in Mental Health Nursing Practice 2  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits

This module builds on Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 1 and aims to bring together the knowledge and skills students acquired in years one and two of the programme and focus on the delivery of compassionate person-centred care in more complex and demanding situations.

 *Communities of Practice 6  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits
This module builds on Communities of Practice 5. During this module, students will undertake 13.6 weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.
 ERASMUS/National/International Elective Exchange Placement  SCQF Level 09, 20 credits
Students will gain experience of how the nursing profession is defined and how inter-professional and inter-agency working operates within another country. They will be encouraged to reflect on how their national or international experience contributes to their personal and professional development and how they can apply what they learn to their future nursing careers.

*Note: In Communities of Practice 6 (SHSUCP6) students achieve the final practice OAR “Sign-Off”.  

The academic level of the programme will increase progressively over the course of the programme. Students will undertake their initial modules in year one at SCQF Level 7 to allow transition into higher education and facilitate the development of a learning community. The academic level then increases from semester three onwards as articulated on the above table.

NMC hours and are intended for students to undertake independent study or reading. For some students, the pause will allow them to make up timelost in practice. There will be opportunity, at the end of year two, for students to use this time to participate in a national or international elective practice placement opportunity.

Delivery and assessment

BSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Students are encouraged to demonstrate a growing appreciation of life sciences, health and wellbeing , social and behavioural sciences, values , law , ethics nursing care and compassion , communication and quality improvement. These themes are coupled with evidence-informed clinical skills as the basis of our programme.

All the material shared with students and during the practice learning experiences is built around health, well-being and a shared values base for mental health nursing. Students are encouraged to embrace the mental health continuum, across the lifespan, to acknowledge the centrality of positive relationships, rights, respect, reaching out and recovery and responsibility in their chosen profession.

Students taking the course are introduced to the mental health and well-being continuum. This embraces a values base and utilises the NHS Education for Scotland learning materials Ten Essential Shared Capabilities, 2012.

These materials highlight the inherent importance of:

  • Relationships;
  • Rights;
  • Respect;
  • Recovery;
  • Reaching out;
  • Responsibility.

The focus of the course is on developing skills which facilitate our students’ capacity to work alongside service users in their life journey. This work can take place in a wide range of locations (occurs irrespective of the location of engagement). 

This philosophy underpins:

The programme develops students’ critical and reflective thinking and in doing so improves their self-awareness, self-confidence and personal resilience. 

Our course combines generic and mental health field specific learning throughout the three years with the field specific learning increasing over the three years of the course.

Advances in knowledge require that Mental Health Nurses continually incorporate new research findings into their practice; this awareness is embedded in our programme. The need for our students to acknowledge and incorporate evidence-based, outcomes-orientated practice is also acknowledged within the course philosophy.

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning is adopted by the Faculty. Central to this is a student-centred approach which uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching. You will be assessed by a range of methods including examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice.

Modules

Year 1 (SCQF Level 7)

Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
Learning to Learn for Nurses 10 Health Sciences for Nursing 20
Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing 10 Foundations in Nursing Practice 2 20
Foundations in Nursing Practice 1 20 Communities of Practice 2 (9-week placement) 20
Communities of Practice 1 (7-week placement) 20    

Year 2 (SCQF Level 8)

Semester 3 Credits Semester 4 Credits
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care 20 Prioritising People: Promoting Health and Wellbeing 20
Alterations in Health and Implications for Mental Health Nursing Care 1 20 Alterations in Health and Implications for Mental Health Nursing Care 2 20
Communities of Practice 3 (10-week placement) 20 Communities of Practice 4 (10-week placement) 20

Year 3 (SCQF Level 9)

Semester 5 Credits Semester 6 Credits
Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care 20 Transitions to Professional Practice 20
Managing Complexity in Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 20 Managing Complexity in Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 20
Communities of Practice 5 (12-week placement) 20 *Communities of Practice 6 (13.6-week placement) 20
  20 ERASMUS 3 month placement 20


*Note: In Communities of Practice 6 (SHSUCP6) students achieve the final practice OAR “Sign-Off”. For students undertaking the Honours programme this will fall in Semester Eight.

Related degrees

Adult Field of Nursing 

Nurses taking the adult field of practice must practise autonomously and be responsible and accountable for safe, compassionate, person-centred, evidence-based nursing care that respects and maintains dignity. They must show professionalism and integrity, working in partnership with other health and social care professionals including service users, their carers and their families.

The adult nursing course develops your clinical skills and knowledge to work within the full spectrum of health and social care settings. A wide range of clinical skills are embedded throughout the course to help you acquire key skills in assessment, diagnosis and decision making. Adult nurses develop skills to meet the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients, supporting them through care pathways. This is achieved through working in clinical practice with other health and social care professionals to maximise opportunities for recovery, rehabilitation, adaptation to ongoing disease and disability, and raising public health awareness.

Your clinical experience will focus on the care pathway of a number of different settings including community day hospitals, ambulatory care and intensive care, as well as working with patients and their families in their own homes.

BSc in Professional Practice

These degree courses are intended for:

  • Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives who have successfully completed a Diploma in Higher Education at Stirling or an equivalent academic award at another institution.
  • Experienced Registered Nurses and Midwives who qualified prior to 1992.
  • Other Health Professionals registered with Health Professions Council

Recognition of Prior Learning
It is recognised that individuals will apply for the course with varying levels of prior certificated or experiential learning. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis, according to the current University of Stirling Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy. Normally the maximum credit that may be granted is 286 credits.

Period and mode of study
From the date of first registration the maximum period of study either on a full-time or part-time basis is 27 months.

Programme of study
For the award of the BSc in Professional Practice, students must successfully complete at least 352 credits in total, with a minimum of 66 credits having been completed at the University of Stirling.

Named pathways
In order to graduate with a named award, students must complete a minimum of 66 credits from the specialist modules listed for that award. Students who do not complete one of the designated pathways will be awarded the BSc in Professional Practice. Examples of named awards are available on the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport website at http://www.stir.ac.uk/health-sciences-sport/courses/cpdopportunities-healthsciences/bscprofessionalpractice/

Modes of study

Full-time (theory and practice learning in each semester). The course consists of nine semesters covering three full calendar years.

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Why Stirling?

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REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

Nurse Education Provider of the Year for pre-registration nursing. Student Nursing Times Awards 2016

13th in the UK for nursing, QS World University Rankings 2016

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

We are committed to encouraging students to add an international dimension their programme of study and support students interested in applying for international elective practice learning experiences. There is opportunity for students to engage in national or international elective practice opportunities during their time on the programme. The three independent study weeks at the end of years one and two afford the opportunity for students to attend an elective practice learning experience. 

Current partner universities include the University of South Florida, Tampa, U.S.A; University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; and Paracelsus University, Austria. We also have a practice learning agreement in place with EMSMedical Centre in Nazareth, Israel. We are continuing to expand practice learning opportunities following positive student feedback that elective practice learning experiences were an asset to their personal and professional development and enhanced their employability.

Honours students

In addition to the above, students enrolled in the Honours route have the opportunity to apply for an international elective exchange practice learning experience via an ERASMUSagreement or with one of the School’s partner universities listed above or a national elective practice learning experience within the UK. This elective practice learning experience would take place during year three whilst peers in the BSc Nursing route are undertaking their sign‐off practice learning experience. Elective national or international practice learning experiences are an invaluable opportunity to gain insight and perspective into health and wellbeing in different social, cultural, political and economic contexts and settings. Moreover, they promote personal and professional growth, enhance employability and build self‐confidence to become lifelong learners.

 

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Strengths

We have excellent relationships with each of the main partner NHS Boards associated with our Faculty – NHS Forth Valley, NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles – which means that we work together to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and that our students get the best possible experience while they are studying.

Academic strengths

Our curriculum is informed by research and encourages students to take an evidence-based approach to nursing care. There is also a strong articulation between our course and the Scottish Government’s Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland.

Feedback from our clinical partners indicates that, as newly-qualified nurses, our students are seen as committed, enthusiastic and adaptable; confident and with the flexibility required to meet current service needs.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

This course is the beginning of a career which involves ongoing professional development. Some of our graduates focus on initially consolidating their learning by working in practice, whilst others progress to postgraduate studies. Career options may include working in acute units, in the community or in specialist areas such as forensic psychiatry, alcohol or substance misuse or psychological therapists.

A mental health nursing degree from the University of Stirling will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession and to provide the best possible patient care in a range of settings. You will leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to join a health care team on graduation. 97% of BSc Nursing (Mental Health) graduates were in work and/or study six months after leaving the course, 95% in a professional or managerial role. (UNISTATS 2016).

The majority entering employment find roles within the NHS, while others have found employment in other areas of the public sector, as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector.

In addition, internships may be available through the Scottish Government’s One-year Job Guarantee scheme

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