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3 Years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) B760 3 Years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) (or equivalent qualifications) B760

100%of graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Of those who are employed 100% are in professional or managerial roles according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2014/2015), as provided by unistats.com.

Introduction

Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges to contemporary and future healthcare and nursing practice.

This professionally accredited course provides the opportunity for students to study to become a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It is designed to prepare graduates to help shape future healthcare provision in the complex, demanding and rewarding area of Mental Health nursing.

The aim of the programme is to enable nursing students to become fit for practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education and to register as a qualified nurse.

The degree is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice.

http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-cont...012/12/compassion-in-practice.pdf

Theoretical and clinical elements of the programme build on the philosophy stated in the NHS Constitution and is centred on the NHS Values: Working Together for Patients; Respect and Dignity; Commitment to the Quality of Care; Compassion, Improving Lives; Everyone Counts.

https://www.gov.uk/government/pub.../the-nhs-constitution-for-england


This course is offered over three academic years, each consisting of 45 weeks of study. Students spend half of their time studying at the University and half gaining practical, supervised experience in adult nursing. The programme is designed to produce confident, critically analytical, patient-focused advocates of excellence in nursing practice.

Accreditations

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling students to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation.

Students are required to complete competencies for nursing in practice as part of the NMC standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (2010). There is a progression threshold for theory and practice assessments for each year of the course. These must be achieved in order for students to progress to the next year of study or in the case of the third year, to successfully complete the degree.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course has been designed for those with a passion for making a difference to people’s lives for the better. A career in Nursing is unlike a normal nine-to-five role and no two days are the same.

How You Study

Year one modules aim to provide the core foundation skills for nurses to work within health and social care setting. Topics include communication, interpersonal skills and fundamentals nursing skills including caring and compassion. Students are introduced to the principles of professional practice and associated legal, ethical and professional issues. There is an emphasis on acquisition of knowledge and understanding of the human body’s anatomy and physiology. Students can learn and develop essential study and academic skills to enable the effective use of evidence to inform practice.

The modules in year two build upon the knowledge and skills gained from year one in relation to the development of professional skills and the application of ethical principles to rational decision- making. In addition mental health assessment, partnership working and principles of recovery will be studied.

The final year modules again build upon and consolidate the knowledge and skills gained from the previous two years. Specialist aspects of mental heath and care in complex situations will be studied. Within this final year leadership and nursing management skills will be developed to enable the preparation for the transition from student nurse to an autonomous qualified practitioner. Final project work will focus upon the theory and practice of innovative and transformational change in practice.

The course is offered over a “long” academic year consisting of 45 weeks of study. Practice learning using placements constitutes 50% of the programme. It is important that students gain a rich experience of their chosen field of nursing and will therefore be placed in both hospital and community settings. In the second year, students will undertake a four week elective placement. This can be in the UK or abroad and can be organised by the University or the student. Potential costs relating to placements can be found in the Features Tab.

Components of the programme will be co-taught with other allied health professional programmes.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

A clinical assessment portfolio lies at the heart of learning on this course. The students’ proficiency in practice is measured and tracked against a skills inventory. Their ability to relate theory to practice is measured by maintenance of a reflective journal central to the portfolio.

Different modes of assessment are used for different modules of study. For example submitted written work may be used to assess grasp of theory and clinical exams used to assess application of theory to practice.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a half day selection event. This comprises of a talk about our nursing programme, followed by a group interview and a short numeracy and literacy assessment. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit our clinical teaching facilities.

We will expect you to know about the role of the nurse in the 21st Century particularly in areas of public health so we recommend
you visit the Department of Health website, keep up to date with nursing in the media and read professional nursing journals.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to Mental Health Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Mental Health Nursing and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

Candidates must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the nursing profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how nursing can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Health and Social Care Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Applications are welcomed from students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2. These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting a UCAS application.

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • IELTS 7.0
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)).

When you choose Nursing in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk
We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Assimilating Mental Health Nursing Practice 1A: The Fundamentals of Theraputic Care

This module is linked to the module Essential Skills for Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for students' first practice learning experience in a mental health setting. This module also provides students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating them in completing the mandatory skills required for them to practice safely. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to begin assimilating nursing practice in mental health nursing services and start developing their mental health therapeutic skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from a mentor and the practice team, students will engage in delivering therapeutic care, implementing treatment decisions, and start taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 100%.

Assimilating Mental Health Nursing Practice 1B: Promoting Professional Values

This module is linked to the module Professional Values and Team Working for Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will provide students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating them in completing the skills required in order to practice safely. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to continue assimilating nursing practice in the mental health nursing services and further develop their therapeutic care skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from a mentor and the practice team, students will engage in delivering therapeutic care, implementing treatment decisions, and take responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Essential Skills for Nursing Practice

The module aims to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to core communication and practical skills for Adult and Mental Health nursing. Nursing is interactive and relies upon inter-professional working and collaboration with service users, their families, carers and the public. Effective communication and interpersonal skills underpin every aspect of nursing practice. Nursing is also a practical activity which utilises a wide range of health interventions in pursuit of patient and public wellbeing and this module aims to introduce these to students.

Students will have the chance to explore the theoretical basis underpinning practical nursing and communication skills. Whilst doing this students will be expected to undertake practical simulation sessions, allowing them to hone these skills in preparation for practice placements. Biological, psychological and social perspectives will inform these sessions which will incorporate adapting to the needs of a diverse service user group.

Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice

Contemporary nursing has its own body of knowledge, which increasingly is evidence based, and which represents an evolving integration of theory and practice. Adult and Mental Health nursing are a practice discipline, utilising a systematic approach to assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of care that requires the application of analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal and psychomotor skills. Students will be expected to explore the evidence base that underpins nursing both as an art and a science.

Students will also consider how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings. The principles of professional engagement with users of health and social care services will also be explored. In doing so, students will have the chance to consider the roles and responsibilities of the nurse, professional behaviours and attitudes, accountability, confidentiality, advocacy, record keeping, and the legal and ethical frameworks in nursing. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of models of decision making in acute and community practice, and how nurses go about planning and organising their work based on the needs of individuals. Finally, students will explore the importance of team working in safeguarding, the wellbeing and health of the people in your care.

Level 2

Engaging with Mental Health Nursing Practice 2A: Promoting Ethical Practice

This module is linked to the module Forging Values Based Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module provides students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating in role modelling safe and competent practice. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to engage with practice more fully, demonstrating a real sense of their ability to provide care that is ethical and lawful.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this first practice experience in year two, students will begin to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision demonstrating that they are beginning to take on aspects of independence when delivering increasingly complex therapeutic interventions, implementing treatment decisions, and taking responsibility for themselves and your role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Engaging with Mental Health Nursing Practice 2B: Assessment and Planning for Recovery

This module is linked to the module Recovery Focussed Care which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module provides students with the chance to prepare for practice, facilitating them in role modelling safe and competent practice. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to engage with practice more fully, demonstrating their ability to carry out a detailed clinical history and assessment, and then plan care for an individual accessing their service, based on the recovery model.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, students will continue to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision demonstrating that they are taking on aspects of independence when delivering increasingly challenging interventions, implementing treatment decisions, and taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 100%.

This module also affords students the opportunity to engage in a four week elective placement focussing on aspects of public health. This placement may be carried out locally, nationally or internationally. Students will be directly involved in arranging this practice opportunity and a list of potential placements will be provided. Students will incur any travel expenses and potential accommodation costs if they choose to undertake this elective placement.

Forging Values Based Nursing Practice

This module aims to build on learning in year one in relation to professional approaches to practice informed by appropriate values and ethics. Through the development of the skill of critical reflection, this module aims to develop students’ attitudes towards social inclusion and ethical practice.

Students can explore perspectives on how their personal values interact with those of others and how these interactions can be managed to create a meaningful and productive work environment. This will require knowledge, understanding and application of ethical theory, principles and professional skills in rational decision-making and leadership within a health and social care context. Students will be expected to articulate their competence as an accountable practitioner within a healthcare team and as an advocate for applied ethics in contemporary practice. A range of management styles will be considered for their impact on quality care and working practices. The use of evidence in clinical decision making, which respects partnership with service users, carers, agencies and other professionals will be the endpoint of leaning.

Recovery Focussed Care (Mental Health)

This module aims to advance students knowledge and understanding of mental health assessment and partnership working based on the principles of recovery. It aims to introduce students to the knowledge required for comprehensive assessment of a range of mental health problems and examines a range of therapeutic interventions and skills for working with service users and their families. The module will consider how different mental health conditions can present or be influenced and experienced by different populations subject to age, gender, ethnicity and clinical setting.

Level 3

Complex Care for Mental Health Nursing

This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of mental health nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of mental health nursing.

Impacting on Mental Health Nursing Practice 3A: Improving and Transforming Practice

This module is linked to the module Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module provides students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating them in leading and impacting on practice in a safe and competent manner. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that begins to demonstrate their development in becoming a registered nurse.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this first practice experience in year three, students will be expected to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increasing levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to deliver complex nursing care, implement and question care decisions, and take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Impacting on Mental Health Nursing Practice 3B: Managing and Leading Complex Care

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice and Complex Care for Mental Health Nursing which both aim to develop the skills required for this final practice learning experience. This module will provide students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, focusing on managing and leading complex care. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that demonstrates their ability to practice independently as a registered nurse.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this final practice experience prior to registration, students will demonstrate their ability to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increased levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to deliver complex interventions, implement and question treatment decisions, take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team, and impact on the quality of the service delivered to people accessing their services. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 100%.

Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice

Throughout this module students will be expected to examine contemporary management and leadership issues that impact on health and social care. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate a variety of approaches to management and leadership and reflect on personal styles and values based practice in a variety of situations. Critical reflection of your own qualities as managers and your leadership and followership behaviours is also considered.

This module aims to help students to develop core skills in increasing their leadership potential to become a confident leader, follower and manager in their first career steps. The module will focus on the need for innovation and consider ideas for transformational practice whilst recognising the management and leadership challenges this presents. Specifically, students will be required to engage in understanding the theory and practice of making a transformation in a clinical service and design, and implement and evaluate a service transformation project.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Placements

A significant portion of this degree consists of practice placements in a range of mental health settings, including hospitals, GP surgeries and community healthcare settings.

Practice placements enable you to apply the theory you have learnt and gain clinical experience in a supportive environment. A mentor works with you throughout each placement, assessing and facilitating your learning, while offering support. There are opportunities for students to work alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines to enhance their understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of modern healthcare teams.

Student nurses also have the opportunity to travel and work abroad as part of an elective placement.

Please note that students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking work placements.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Students learn in well-equipped clinical suites for simulated practice, with separate teaching and observation areas. The University has invested £19 million in the Sarah Swift Building, a new dedicated facility for the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Psychology. The building includes advanced clinical simulation facilities for those studying nursing.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

As a qualified mental health nurse, graduates may progress to a range of roles in areas including community and in-patient nursing, education, research and management within a healthcare environment. Some graduates have gone on to study further at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

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Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.
This degree responds to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and related ill-health by exploring how individuals and communities require distinct approaches to health and physical activity. This includes children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.
The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree aims to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise within the subject.

Introduction

Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges to contemporary and future healthcare and nursing practice.

This professionally accredited course provides the opportunity for students to study to become a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It is designed to prepare graduates to help shape future healthcare provision in the complex, demanding and rewarding area of Mental Health nursing.

The aim of the programme is to enable nursing students to become fit for practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education and to register as a qualified nurse.

The degree is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice.

http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-cont...012/12/compassion-in-practice.pdf

Theoretical and clinical elements of the programme build on the philosophy stated in the NHS Constitution and is centred on the NHS Values: Working Together for Patients; Respect and Dignity; Commitment to the Quality of Care; Compassion, Improving Lives; Everyone Counts.

https://www.gov.uk/government/pub.../the-nhs-constitution-for-england


This course is offered over three academic years, each consisting of 45 weeks of study. Students spend half of their time studying at the University and half gaining practical, supervised experience in adult nursing. The programme is designed to produce confident, critically analytical, patient-focused advocates of excellence in nursing practice.

Accreditations

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling students to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation.

Students are required to complete competencies for nursing in practice as part of the NMC standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (2010). There is a progression threshold for theory and practice assessments for each year of the course. These must be achieved in order for students to progress to the next year of study or in the case of the third year, to successfully complete the degree.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course has been designed for those with a passion for making a difference to people’s lives for the better. A career in Nursing is unlike a normal nine-to-five role and no two days are the same.

How You Study

Year one modules aim to provide the core foundation skills for nurses to work within health and social care setting. Topics include communication, interpersonal skills and fundamentals nursing skills including caring and compassion. Students are introduced to the principles of professional practice and associated legal, ethical and professional issues. There is an emphasis on acquisition of knowledge and understanding of the human body’s anatomy and physiology. Students can learn and develop essential study and academic skills to enable the effective use of evidence to inform practice.

The modules in year two build upon the knowledge and skills gained from year one in relation to the development of professional skills and the application of ethical principles to rational decision-making. In addition mental health assessment, partnership working and principles of recovery will be studied.


The final year modules again build upon and consolidate the knowledge and skills gained from the previous two years. Specialist aspects of mental heath and care in complex situations will be studied. Within this final year leadership and nursing management skills will be developed to enable the preparation for the transition from student nurse to an autonomous qualified practitioner. Final project work will focus upon the theory and practice of innovative and transformational change in practice.

The course is offered over a “long” academic year consisting of 45 weeks of study. Practice learning using placements constitutes 50% of the programme. It is important that students gain a rich experience of their chosen field of nursing and will therefore be placed in both hospital and community settings. In the second year, students will undertake a four week elective placement. This can be in the UK or abroad and can be organised by the University or the student. Potential costs relating to placements can be found in the Features Tab.

Components of the programme will be co-taught with other allied health professional programmes.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Different modes of assessment are used for different modules of study. For example submitted written work is used to assess grasp of theory and clinical exams are used to assess application of theory to practice.

Practical skills will be assessed whilst students are on placement through the achievement of outcomes designed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. These are assessed and recorded by the practice mentor.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a half day selection event. This comprises of a short talk about our nursing programme, followed by a short numeracy and literacy assessment and a situational judgement test and an individual interview. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit our specialist clinical teaching facilities.

We have compiled an example of a typical numeracy test (PDF), available at http://lncn.eu/kmr5

We will expect you to know about the role of the nurse in the 21st Century. We recommend you visit the Department of Health website, keep up to date with nursing in the media and read nursing professional journals.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to Mental Health Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Mental Health Nursing and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

Candidates must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the nursing profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how nursing can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Health and Social Care Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Applications are welcomed from students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits, to include 30 at merit or above will be required.

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • IELTS 7.0
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)).

When you choose Nursing in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk
We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Assimilating Mental Health Nursing Practice 1A: The Fundamentals of Theraputic Care

This module is linked to the module Essential Skills for Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for students' first practice learning experience in a mental health setting. This module also provides students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating them in completing the mandatory skills required for them to practice safely. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to begin assimilating nursing practice in mental health nursing services and start developing their mental health therapeutic skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from a mentor and the practice team, students will engage in delivering therapeutic care, implementing treatment decisions, and start taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 100%.

Assimilating Mental Health Nursing Practice 1B: Promoting Professional Values

This module is linked to the module Professional Values and Team Working for Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will provide students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating them in completing the skills required in order to practice safely. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to continue assimilating nursing practice in the mental health nursing services and further develop their therapeutic care skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from a mentor and the practice team, students will engage in delivering therapeutic care, implementing treatment decisions, and take responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Essential Skills for Nursing Practice

This module aims to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to core communication and practical skills for Adult and Mental Health nursing. Nursing is interactive and relies upon inter-professional working and collaboration with service users, their families, carers and the public. Effective communication and interpersonal skills underpin every aspect of nursing practice. Nursing is also a practical activity which utilises a wide range of health interventions in pursuit of patient and public wellbeing and this module aims to introduce these to students.

Students will have the chance to explore the theoretical basis underpinning practical nursing and communication skills. Whilst doing this students will be expected to undertake practical simulation sessions, allowing them to hone these skills in preparation for practice placements. Biological, psychological and social perspectives will inform these sessions which will incorporate adapting to the needs of a diverse service user group.

Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice

Contemporary nursing has its own body of knowledge, which increasingly is evidence based, and which represents an evolving integration of theory and practice. Adult and Mental Health nursing are a practice discipline, utilising a systematic approach to assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of care that requires the application of analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal and psychomotor skills. Students will be expected to explore the evidence base that underpins nursing both as an art and a science. Students will also consider how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings.

The principles of professional engagement with users of health and social care services will also be explored. In doing so, students will have the chance to consider the roles and responsibilities of the nurse, professional behaviours and attitudes, accountability, confidentiality, advocacy, record keeping, and the legal and ethical frameworks in nursing. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of models of decision making in acute and community practice, and how nurses go about planning and organising their work based on the needs of individuals. Finally, students will explore the importance of team working in safeguarding, the wellbeing and health of the people in your care.

Level 2

Engaging with Mental Health Nursing Practice 2A: Promoting Ethical Practice

This module is linked to the module Forging Values Based Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module provides students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating in role modelling safe and competent practice. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to engage with practice more fully, demonstrating a real sense of their ability to provide care that is ethical and lawful.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this first practice experience in year two, students will begin to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision demonstrating that they are beginning to take on aspects of independence when delivering increasingly complex therapeutic interventions, implementing treatment decisions, and taking responsibility for themselves and your role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Engaging with Mental Health Nursing Practice 2B: Assessment and Planning for Recovery

This module is linked to the module Recovery Focussed Care which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module provides students with the chance to prepare for practice, facilitating them in role modelling safe and competent practice. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to engage with practice more fully, demonstrating their ability to carry out a detailed clinical history and assessment, and then plan care for an individual accessing their service, based on the recovery model.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, students will continue to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision demonstrating that they are taking on aspects of independence when delivering increasingly challenging interventions, implementing treatment decisions, and taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 100%.

This module also affords students the opportunity to engage in a four week elective placement focussing on aspects of public health. This placement may be carried out locally, nationally or internationally. Students will be directly involved in arranging this practice opportunity and a list of potential placements will be provided. Students will incur any travel expenses and potential accommodation costs if they choose to undertake this elective placement.

Forging Values Based Nursing Practice

This module aims to build on learning in year one in relation to professional approaches to practice informed by appropriate values and ethics. Through the development of the skill of critical reflection, this module aims to develop students’ attitudes towards social inclusion and ethical practice. Students will explore perspectives on how their personal values interact with those of others and how these interactions can be managed to create a meaningful and productive work environment. This will require knowledge, understanding and application of ethical theory, principles and professional skills in rational decision-making and leadership within a health and social care context.

Students will be expected to articulate their competence as an accountable practitioner within a healthcare team and as an advocate for applied ethics in contemporary practice. A range of management styles will be considered for their impact on quality care and working practices. The use of evidence in clinical decision making, which respects partnership with service users, carers, agencies and other professionals will be the endpoint of leaning.

Recovery Focussed Care (Mental Health)

This module aims to advance students' knowledge and understanding of mental health assessment and partnership working based on the principles of recovery. It aims to introduce students to the knowledge required for comprehensive assessment of a range of mental health problems and examines a range of therapeutic interventions and skills for working with service users and their families. The module will consider how different mental health conditions can present or be influenced and experienced by different populations subject to age, gender, ethnicity and clinical setting.

Level 3

Complex Care for Mental Health Nursing

This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of mental health nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of mental health nursing.

Impacting on Mental Health Nursing Practice 3A: Improving and Transforming Practice

This module is linked to the module Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module provides students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, facilitating them in leading and impacting on practice in a safe and competent manner. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that begins to demonstrate their development in becoming a registered nurse.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this first practice experience in year three, students will be expected to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increasing levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to deliver complex nursing care, implement and question care decisions, and take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Impacting on Mental Health Nursing Practice 3B: Managing and Leading Complex Care

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice and Complex Care for Mental Health Nursing which both aim to develop the skills required for this final practice learning experience. This module will provide students with the opportunity to prepare for practice, focusing on managing and leading complex care. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that demonstrates their ability to practice independently as a registered nurse.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this final practice experience prior to registration, students will demonstrate their ability to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increased levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to deliver complex interventions, implement and question treatment decisions, take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team, and impact on the quality of the service delivered to people accessing their services. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 100%.

Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice

Throughout this module students will be expected to examine contemporary management and leadership issues that impact on health and social care. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate a variety of approaches to management and leadership and reflect on personal styles and values based practice in a variety of situations. Critical reflection of your own qualities as managers and your leadership and followership behaviours is also considered. This module aims to help students to develop core skills in increasing their leadership potential to become a confident leader, follower and manager in their first career steps. The module will focus on the need for innovation and consider ideas for transformational practice whilst recognising the management and leadership challenges this presents. Specifically, students will be required to engage in understanding the theory and practice of making a transformation in a clinical service and design, and implement and evaluate a service transformation project.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Placements

Students are awarded credit for all placements that they undertake. These contribute to their degree classification. Placements are designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing clinical environment, whether this be a hospital, GP surgery or community healthcare setting. Throughout placements, a mentor will support learning and assess competence. Students have an opportunity to work and learn alongside colleagues from a range of disciplines as well as to travel and work abroad as part of an elective placement

Students are expected to develop the ability to work efficiently and compassionately, integrating the theory they have learnt into practice, while working alongside colleagues from social care, physiotherapy and surgery to understand the interdisciplinary nature of modern healthcare.

Please note that students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking work placements.

Student nurses are also offered the chance to self-fund ERASMUS opportunities throughout the course of their degree. Find out more about ERASMUS opportunities at Lincoln at http://lncn.eu/dnxz.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Students learn in fully equipped clinical suites for simulated practice, with separate teaching and observation areas. The University has invested £19 million in the Sarah Swift Building, a new dedicated facility for the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Psychology. The building includes advanced clinical simulation facilities for those studying nursing.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

As a qualified mental health nurse, graduates may progress to a range of roles in areas including community and in-patient nursing, education, research and management within a healthcare environment. Some graduates have gone on to study further at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

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Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.
This degree responds to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and related ill-health by exploring how individuals and communities require distinct approaches to health and physical activity. This includes children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.
The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree aims to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise within the subject.

Tuition Fees

2017/18UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions]