University of Huddersfield

Nursing Pre-Registration Mental Health (Apprenticeship) Blended Learning MSc

This blended learning apprenticeship course provides the opportunity for those who have studied an undergraduate degree to undertake a two-year full-time Master's. It has been designed to provide a flexible way to study whilst being employed in mental healthcare services. During this apprenticeship you will get the opportunity to develop the vital skills, values and confidence you need to work with people suffering from various mental health conditions across the lifespan, to offer help and support in dealing with the condition. This could include anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, psychosis and obsessive compulsive disorders.

  • The course is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and led by committed and passionate lecturers who are research active with experience across the mental health nursing spectrum.
  • Alongside building your theoretical knowledge in lectures and seminars, you will be able to focus on your practical skills through simulation and group work.
  • You will practise and develop your skills through clinical placements in a range of statutory, private and voluntary services, in order to prepare you to pursue your career.
  • You will have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
  • You will also learn how to respond to the physical, cognitive and mental health care needs of all patients and service users across their lifespan.

This course uses mainly digital technologies and includes practical hands-on experience. Although the theoretical component is predominantly delivered online, you will attend the campus in Huddersfield (or similar venue close to your home) for a maximum total of four one-week blocks for simulation and skills training. You will do this in each year of the course, providing the opportunity for you to practise skills in a safe and controlled environment. You will also undertake practice placements across the NHS and healthcare organisations in a setting close to home.

In line with the apprenticeship model, the course is designed to support a training in practice approach. Whilst undertaking the course you will remain employed by your host organisation and may spend 20% of your time in your current workplace. The remaining 80% will be spent at the University undertaking theory work and clinical placements. The course is designed to be progressively demanding and once qualified you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).

Entry Requirements

You must:

  • Be employed in healthcare and supported to undertake the course by your employer.
  • Have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) and work experience relevant to the programme to be followed. Applicants with an Honours degree and considerable relevant experience may also be considered if they can demonstrate their ability to study at Master’s Level.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

In addition, you must have completed 12 years of general education and have GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.

Career Prospects

Nothing can really replicate working in the real world, that is why the course comprises of 50% practice, which is essential in your development. You will have the opportunity to complete your practice learning experiences in a range of healthcare environments including NHS Trusts, private and voluntary organisations such as hospices, nursing homes and community settings. You will undertake 622.5 hours in stage 1,647.5 hours in stage 2 and 722.5 hours in stage 3.

Throughout the practical experience you will be supervised and assessed by a qualified nurse or other suitably qualified professional who will provide expert help and advice if required.

To allow you the broadest professional experience possible, practice experiences are generally offered across West Yorkshire and beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts. You will be required to travel to and during your placements

Course Details

Stage 1

Core modules:
HMN4114 - Becoming a Professional - Mental Health Nursing (Blended Learning) HMN4124 - Introduction to Mental Health Nursing (Blended Learning)
HMN4100 - Understanding Knowledge and Evidence for Nursing (Blended Learning)
HMN4110 - Nursing Practice 1 (Blended Learning)

Stage 2

Core modules:
HMN4200 - Developing as a Professional (Blended Learning)
HMN4214 - Developing Critical Knowledge and Skills in Mental Health Nursing (Blended Learning) HMN4224 - Developing Research Knowledge and Evidence for Mental Health Nursing Practice (Blended Learning)
HMN4210 - Nursing Practice 2 (Blended Learning)

Stage 3

Core modules: HMN4300 - Being a Professional (Blended Learning) HMN4314 - Enhancing Knowledge and Skills in Mental Health Nursing (Blended Learning) HMN4324 - Using Evidence and Research to Enhance Mental Health Nursing Practice (Blended Learning) HMN4310 - Nursing Practice 3 (Blended Learning)

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