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|Course Length:||1 Year Full-Time, 18 Months Part-Time|
|Start Dates:||January 2022, September 2022|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
Recognising the increasingly integrated nature of health service delivery, this postgraduate diploma meets the demand for highly employable nurses who can work with complex morbidities across the lifespan and within different settings. It enables qualified adult, children’s and learning disability nurses, who have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to undertake an additional professional role in mental health nursing. Through access to practice learning opportunities, you will enhance your personal and professional values and beliefs and develop into a highly competent, resilient and empowered second registrant. You will graduate eligible to register as a qualified mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.
What will I study?
This postgraduate diploma is delivered in a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, which represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that mental health nurses must demonstrate.
The programme offers a unique opportunity to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing, while consolidating your existing knowledge and skills. There will be a key focus on gaining the leadership and management skills required to enable a smooth transition to professional practice in your chosen additional field.
This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.
How will I study?
Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some learning may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.
You will develop confidence in mental health nursing through a combination of simulated education and extensive time in practice undertaken in hospitals and community settings within the NHS, local authorities, and independent and voluntary organisations. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and supervisor.
Placements will include weekend, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24-hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement. There is also an opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, within the United Kingdom or internationally.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an examination.
While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by professionals in mental health nursing, other fields of nursing, and other specialist areas within health and social care.
The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working in the health and social care sector.
Most importantly, service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.
A Great Study Environment
The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.
Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.
The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.
Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.
The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.
The programme adopts a non-modular approach which covers the entire year of full-time study and 18 months of part-time study.
Contextualising Nursing Practice (120 credits)
Contextualising Nursing Practice enables you to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop clinical leadership skills across both mental health nursing and your existing field of nursing specialism, ensuring you can provide truly seamless, integrated care to improve and enhance the experience of service users.
Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.
You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
You must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse and provide evidence of having worked as a registrant in your intended second field.
You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). Health-related subjects are preferred but not essential. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants without a degree may be considered based on practice experience, subject to demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline, including an in-depth awareness of current issues. Skills in critical analysis and evaluation, as well as the ability to learn in a flexible, independent manner, are essential.
An interview forms part of the selection process.
If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
What are my career prospects?
You will graduate with an academic and professional qualification in mental health nursing, building on your existing registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This will open an assortment of fascinating career opportunities across both fields of practice.
Mental health nurses work in hospitals, clinics and the community, supporting and treating people who are being assessed for, or are diagnosed with, a mental illness. Mental health refers to a person’s cognitive and emotional wellbeing – how they think, feel and behave. As is the case in physical health, nurses can promote mental health by building good relationships with patients, encouraging healthy behaviours, and recognising and treating symptoms early.
There are a range of mental health conditions which need specialised treatment. These include anxiety, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorder. Some of these conditions are life-long and each person will need individually tailored education, treatment and guidance to manage symptoms.
Nursing and Midwifery Council registration is recognised the world over and following registration you can pursue a career in a variety of settings, including the NHS, private, voluntary and independent sectors. Career opportunities also include clinical practice, research, leadership, management and education. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism, including the opportunity to progress to a Masters degree through the completion of a 60-credit dissertation.
Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £9,250 for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. Exemptions apply for EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK full-time tuition fee rate.
Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £4,625 per annum for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 (subject to final Government approval). EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.
Please note, unless you are applying to Student Finance Wales, if you are applying to study a PGDip Nursing pathway on a full-time basis, for student finance purposes you should apply for financial support as if you are an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding. Student Finance Wales treat the programme as a postgraduate course.
If you are applying to study a PGDip Nursing pathway on a part-time basis, you will be classed as a postgraduate student for student finance purposes.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view the relevant Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.
- Money Matters 2021/22 Full-Time: www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2021
- Money Matters 2021/22 Part-Time: www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.
How to Apply
There is an online application process for this programme.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.
Request a Prospectus
If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, MBA awards and our Masters by Research (MRes) degree before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.
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