|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
|This course is available in Clearing 2017|
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About your course
As part of the professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Mental Health) at Liverpool John Moores University you will complete supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings, both within and outside hospital settings. Plus you will gain further training using our on-campus clinical practice suites.
- 100% of our mental health nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating.
- Clinical work experience with 4-6 placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings
- LJMU has recently invested over £4million in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6million in developing professional-standard clinical practice suites
- Finalist for Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration), Student Nursing Times Awards 2017
- While on placement, students still have a dedicated study day each week providing our students with the opportunity of contact and support at all times
Each placement encouraged my interests and allowed me to get involved in every aspect of providing excellent care. Balancing the commitments of an intensive course, family and work was made much simpler through the support and empathy shown by the Faculty.
Clinical practice is a vital element of this degree course and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU.
It will include work-based learning in primary care, nursing homes and acute settings, and give you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced nursing practitioners while experiencing the full 24-hour working pattern. Most of your placements will be in the local area but we cannot guarantee that they will all be close to your home.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor. Your tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.
During your clinical placements you will work alongside experienced nurses and be supervised by practice mentors, as well as having the support of clinical liaison lecturers and academic link staff. Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from a more experienced student mentor if you need it. You could even become a mentor yourself eventually.
Mental health nurses deal with a range of mental health problems. They work in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals and high security services to Drug and Alcohol Services and Community Mental Health Services for people of all ages.
Your key role and challenge as a mental health nurse will be to engage in, develop and disengage from therapeutic relationships with service users and their families through the use of effective communication and interpersonal skills. Your aim will be to promote health and wellbeing for individuals alongside assisting them to achieve their full potential in recovery.
The Faculty has a therapeutic suite where you will perform, observe, record and play back a variety of interactive simulations based on a range of teaching methods. Work-based learning is integral to this programme so you will undertake supervised and supported clinical practice and experience the full 24-hour shift working pattern.
Your clinical and theoretical experiences will assist you in the development of a range of skills such as communication, decision-making, critical thinking, leadership, case management and team working, all of which are underpinned by the professional values of mental health nursing.
LJMU’s £1.6 million clinical practice suites will enable you to train on-campus using hospital-standard facilities, including virtual patients. The Suites show a patient’s journey from a home environment through to rehabilitation. They cover a range of areas with the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in child nursing, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. This environment will help prepare you for the rigours and realism of actual practice, giving you the confidence to deal with real service users in the NHS, private and voluntary settings.
The course has two intakes each year and applicants who accept an offer of a place will be allocated a place in either the September or March intake.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
- Introduction to nursing practice
- Foundations of nursing practice (2)
- Introduction to study skills
- Introduction To Nursing Science
- Appplication of Nursing Theory to Practice
- Person Centred Practice in Mental Health
- Enhancing Mental Health Practice 1
- Enhancing Mental Health Practice 2
- Effective use of Research in Evidence Based Nursing Practice
- Health and illness across the lifespan
- Key concepts of Mental Health Nursing
- Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare for people who use Mental Health Services
- Consolidating Mental Health Nursing Practice
- Consolidating mental health practice 2
- Nursing Management and Leadership
- Managing Complex Care in Mental Health
- Changing Perspectives In Healthcare Mental Health
- Personal and Professional Development
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
You will be required to complete 4,600 hours, of which 50% will be theory and 50% clinical practice and you may have to attend sessions outside the normal university hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm. Blocks of academic study can be up to seven weeks depending on the programme plan. These are followed by periods of clinical practice where you will work 30 hours per week with 7.5 hours of theory per week either in university or via directed study.
Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.
Expert tuition and support.
You will be taught by experienced nurses and other health care professionals who will act as mentors to help you develop professional skills during clinical practice.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment is through a combination of exams, essays and assignments, workbooks, portfolios and presentations.
On top of this there will be practical work and clinical appraisal, which will be done either at the university or in practice where you will be assessed by clinical mentors. You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention.
Successful completion of the BSc degree course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register.
This can lead to careers in the health sector at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors. There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too. Some graduates prefer to pursue careers in teaching, research or management, or continue their studies with a masters programme.
100% of our mental health nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating.
New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The Adult nursing/Mental Health nursing/Midwifery course at LJMU has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets the NMC standards. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register.
International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:
If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 231 6357.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes