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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons) 3 Years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 280 points B760

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The Francis Report and Lincoln

The government's response to the Francis Report was announced by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP on Monday 26 March 2013. Changes in the training for nurses were announced: "NHS-funded student nurses must spend up to a year working on the frontline as support workers or healthcare assistants as a pre-requisite for receiving funding for their degree". However the Government's response to the report suggested that student nurses should spend up to a year working on the front line in order to receive NHS funding for their degree.

Whilst the University of Lincoln currently advise all applicants to gain experience, the time frame for formalising this initiative nationally has not yet been identified and we would like applicants for September 2015 to understand that they are not currently affected by this.

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Mental health nurses work with patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, from psychological to personality disorders. Frequently, mental health nursing is less concerned with curing illness than it is with supporting patients and their families and helping them to cope.

This degree provides a strong foundation in traditional nursing skills while incorporating relevant mental health research, ensuring
graduates are well-placed to respond to contemporary nursing challenges.

A combination of lectures, seminars, practical work and placements offer a robust education in contemporary nursing practice. This course shares several core modules with the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree, with additional optional modules enabling you to choose areas of interest to you. You study a range of issues relevant to mental health and social inclusion, such as age, cultural perceptions and isolation. You are encouraged to embrace positive change, partnership working and the development of independent judgement and problem-solving skills.

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 degree takes its lead from the World Health Organisation’s vision of public health-focused nursing of the future.
The programme is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice. (link:
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.


It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, enabling you to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation.

Is This Course Right For Me?

If a nine-to-five Monday to Friday desk-bound job fills a student with dread and they have a passion for making a difference in people's lives for the better in a career where no two days are the same, then this might be the course for them.

How You Study

The course is offered over a “long” academic year consisting of 45 weeks of study. This is organised into three periods of study called trimesters. Reflecting the public health focus of learning, almost two thirds of the placements will be in primary care (community) and just over one third in secondary care (in- patient facility) settings across the East Midlands.

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 is used to assess grasp of theory and clinical exams are used to assess application of theory to practice.

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 state-of-the-art-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 nursing professional journals.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to Adult Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Adult 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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum three A Levels or equivalent.

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. These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting a UCAS application.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

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 Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

A registration charge is payable, which covers both the cost of registration and an enhanced DBS check.

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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

Level 1

Applied Biological Sciences

This module will take a homeostatic approach to the study of applied biological sciences for the nursing and health care professions in the 21st Century. Initially, the module will focus on normal human anatomy and physiology. Once this understanding has been acquired, students will study how health is disrupted by disease and disorder. Changes to structure and function of the human body will be explained, allowing the student to apply their physiological knowledge toward an understanding of the disease process. A small number of key disorders will be examined concentrating on whole body disruption to homeostasis. Simple pathophysiological and biochemical changes will be discussed in conjunction with the role of nutrition in health and disease. Successful completion of the module will lay the foundation of physiological function essential to underpin the delivery of quality nursing care.

Fundamental Principles of Clinical Nursing Practice

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills under the supervision of a registered nurse in order to meet individuals' needs, and to contribute to the assessment, planning and evaluation of nursing care. This module will explore the proficiencies associated within the NMC domains from an evidence and practice-based perspective. The module also incorporate inter-professional learning and practice, summative assessment of Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs) and exposure to other fields of nursing, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (1)

Public health in the 21st Century is characterised by an increasingly older population, an increase in long-term health conditions and widening health inequalities. Nurses are required to respond to these demands in an innovative way, working collaboratively with service users, their families and carers and other professional disciplines. Mental health nursing practice takes place across the lifespan in a diverse range of settings and cultural contexts to promote health and wellbeing.

This module forms the introduction to the principles and process underpinning mental health nursing practice and the concepts of reflection and lifelong learning by which these are sustained. Students will explore a variety of perspectives on health and illness and develop the skills with which to construct the nurse-patient relationship. The module will harness the experience of service users and carers together with related theory and research providing insight into factors which promote and inhibit participation in health care. Ethical values underpinning practice and conceptual frameworks designed to facilitate care will be discussed against the backdrop of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's practice proficiencies and evolving health and social policy.

Understanding Mental Health, Wellbeing and Mental Disorder

This module will introduce the concepts of mental wellbeing and disorder, and critically evaluate the biological, psychological and socio-cultural contexts influencing mental health from birth to death. It will identify appropriate multi-professional interventions and skills to promote recovery and wellbeing. The module will also provide an introduction to legislation for the protection of vulnerable people.

Level 2

Applied Social Sciences for Mental Health Nursing

This module is designed to introduce students to a variety of major themes and concepts from the disciplines of social policy and sociology, selected with particular reference to locating and understanding contemporary mental health nursing practice in relation to social issues/problems.

Students explore the concept of welfare pluralism, or the mixed economy welfare, in order to indicate that social welfare needs are not simply met via state provision. The role welfare provision plays in contemporary Britain will be examined in policy and functional terms. Social issues pertinent to mental health nursing will be investigated, including social exclusion and poverty, power and hierarchies, stigma, self harm, immigration and asylum seekers, domestic and sexual violence, the ageing population, masculinity, the pathologising of women survivors of sexual abuse, crime and disorder, and grief and loss.

Students are encouraged to recognise that understanding both social issues and the operation and outcome of welfare activities is subject to considerable ideological debate. Accordingly, the main ideologies of welfare will be covered.

Ethical, Professional and Legal Frameworks of Nursing

It is an essential requirement of professional practice that work is carried out within an ethical and legal framework. This module will introduce students to ethics and the legal system in relation to healthcare. Studying ethical, professional and legal issues in healthcare will give students an insight into the theories, principles and rules that govern nursing and healthcare practice. The module will provide students with opportunities to discuss ethical, professional and legal conflicts which occur in the changing face of the modern NHS, develop the skills of rational argument in ethical debate, and to consider their own personal position in relation to contentious issues such as self-harm, suicidality, autonomy and mental capacity.

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (2)

This module builds on previous modules within the programme and seeks to develop knowledge and skills in a range of key therapeutic approaches for working with people with serious mental health problems or complex needs, and appropriate service approaches.

Level 3

Independent Study: Dissertation (Nursing)

This module provides the principal vehicle by which students can clearly illustrate their ability to synthesise the differing disciplinary approaches and theoretical perspectives they have studied. The aim of the module is to design and conduct a research study, related to nursing practice, presented in the form of a dissertation that critically examines the relationship between theory and practice.

It provides students with the opportunity to illustrate their potential as independent, reflective graduates. This includes aspects of the research undertaken, such as clarity of objectives, report/dissertation plan and the submission of a draft of work undertaken so far, wherever appropriate. Supervision is ongoing over the period of the dissertation and will accommodate methods such as guided study in cognate areas or otherwise related themes. The module co-ordinator will organise any tutor direction where groups of students are felt likely to benefit. This might include for example sessions on critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of previously submitted dissertations.

Management of Mental Health Nursing in Practice

This module will facilitate the consolidation of practice and management of care skills. It will provide support for the practice learning placements in the third year, together with support for the final management placement. The module will facilitate achievement of the standards of competency required for entry onto the NMC register.

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (3)

This module builds on previous modules within the programme and seeks to develop knowledge and skills in a range of key therapeutic approaches for working with people with serious mental health problems or complex needs, and appropriate service approaches.

Public Health and Inequalities for Mental Health Nursing

Mental well-being is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is a state in which a person is able to fulfil an active functioning role in society, interact with others or overcome difficulties without suffering major distress, or abnormal or disturbed behaviour. There is a clear association between wellbeing, good mental health and improved outcomes for people of all ages and social classes, including longevity, physical health and social connectedness. The term 'mental health' itself usually implies problems, rather than health, and needs for treatment and care. It is important that our public health perspectives, which will inform and guide action, should be balanced, and include concepts of positive health as well as illness. It implies a wider public health perspective than we have previously been accustomed to. It directs our attention towards action which aims to develop a mentally healthy society, as well as to action which aims to address mental ill health.

Special Features & Research Highlights

Excellent Prospects

One hundred per cent of graduates were in employment or further study within six months of completing their course, according to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.


You spend a significant portion of your degree on practice placements in a range of mental health settings, including in hospitals, GP surgeries or community healthcare settings across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

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 to ensure that you achieve specific competencies, while helping you to work effectively and compassionately. You complete placements alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines, such as medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. []


A fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical suite is used to simulate treatment in a wide range of settings, from general practice to hospitals. The award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library stocks specialist nursing books, journals and industry magazines.

Career Opportunities

As a qualified mental health nurse, you are prepared for a range of roles, including in community and in-patient nursing and education, research and management within a healthcare environment.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

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. []

What's Included?

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.

Programme Specific Funding & Bursaries

NHS Funded

Eligible students on pre-registration nursing courses have their tuition fees met by the NHS and receive a £1,000 grant per year of study. Some students may also be eligible for an additional means-tested bursary.


If you qualify for an NHS student bursary, the NHS will pay your course tuition fees. This will be paid directly to your Local Education Training Board (LETB).

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.