Mental Health Nursing

Mental health nurses are at the forefront of facilitating change, and providing support for people of all ages and backgrounds with mental health needs. They need to have a strong sense of self, and the ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances and conditions.

Well known for the quality of our teaching for mental health nurses, we offer continuous support to students throughout our degree course, both in the University and in practice.

Students are taught by our experienced, committed and dedicated team, who have worked in a variety of clinical specialities and education roles.

They spend 50% of their time gaining clinical experience at one of our local NHS trusts or independent care partners.

As a graduate of our mental health degree, students are then eligible to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing them to practise in the UK and overseas.

We also offer a postgraduate diploma for graduates who have completed an honours degree in any subject and want to study a course that leads to registration as a nurse.

Places are available for our BSc (Hons) Nursing programmes, starting in September 2019 and February 2020. Call 0330 123 2023 to find out more.

  • We were the first university in England to provide mental health students with the ALERT Programme (Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment). This programme helps health care professionals to “recognise the ‘at risk’ patient, identify organ impairment and/or failure at an early stage, initiate the simple treatment required to prevent the spiralling cascade of multi-organ failure, and improve the communication skills required to facilitate further care” (Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (2012) ALERT: A Multi-Professional Course in Care of the Acutely Ill Patient – 3rd Edition. Portsmouth: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust).
  • We have a fully functional simulation suite with an operating theatre and recovery room, high dependency unit, and a three-bed clinical ward environment.
  • From April 2018, Band 5 nurses can expect a starting salary of £23,023*. (*
  • Our nursing students are highly respected within the NHS trusts.
  • We are renowned for the support we provide. On average, academic staff spend 20% of their time in clinical practice supporting students.

We offer clinical experience in a variety of settings. The main trusts we work with include:

  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Central and North West London
  • NHS Foundation Trust
  • West London NHS Trust.

We also place students in independent placements, including private hospitals and clinics, prisons and nursing homes.

Students spend 37.5 hours a week in practice, and are supported by a clinical staff member.