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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Pre-course events

If you were unable to attend the events in July and September, you can view the welcome presentation and the the finance presentation online. You can also take a look at the slides from the induction timetable review event that took place on 5 September.

You’re also invited to the following online event before your course begins:

Your final Q&A
Friday 22 September. AM and PM event options.
Two time slots are available for this session. You only need to join one session if you have any questions.

Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health (OH) appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of when you start the course (dates are yet to be finalised).

Please remember that it is a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.

So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.

Most of our placement settings will also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Professional standards and the NMC

The regulatory body for the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC have produced standards of proficiency that have to be met in order for you to be able to register, practice and remain registered as a nurse. The NMC are the professional regulatory council for Nurses and Midwives in the UK and Nurse associates in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.

What do the NMC do?

Below you will find more information about the NMC and some tasks further down the page that will help you to become familiar with the standards of proficiency before you start your programme.

  • They maintain the register of Nurses and Midwives who meet the requirements for registration in the UK
  • Set the requirements of professional education that supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for entry to, or annotation on, our register
  • Investigate serious concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates fitness to practice and take action if needed
  • Shape the practice of professionals in developing and promoting standards including the code, and lifelong learning through revalidation

Your tasks – to be completed

Task one
Task two
Task three

Suggested reading

Before you begin, you can prepare for your studies by reviewing some of the core texts recommended in the link below. You’re not expected to buy all of the books as Edge Hill University has an extensive library service and access to electronic resources. The library and learning services can be found in the Catalyst.

Core texts
Mental Health nursing texts

Suggested materials for your course

Things to do over summer

The regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), will give you detailed information about the professional code and associated standards.

The NMC (2018) acknowledge that our society is changing and so care is changing with it. Nurses provide vital care throughout our lives. As a future qualified nurse, you will spend time developing knowledge, skills and behaviours that every nurse must have.

Your programme offers an equal balance of theoretical and practice learning to facilitate achievement of the standards of proficiency so that you maximise the health and well-being of those in your care.

Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction. Your induction will include a number of themed events that are designed to familiarise you with the content of the programme. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with key staff and also interact with your fellow peers.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:

Meet your programme leads