Mental health nursing

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Mental health nursing

Awarded by Kingston University

Mental health nurses use a wide range of skills and expertise to deliver care to people of all ages with mental health conditions such as psychosis, depression, anxiety and dementia. Mental health nursing is underpinned by the notion of ‘recovery’, and our nursing students work collaboratively with their patients to build on their strengths and manage their problems to encourage the best quality of life. Kingston and St George’s is proud to offer mental health nursing education that has won awards, and continues to deliver worthwhile research to improve practice in the UK and abroad.
Our 2020 curriculum is currently being revised in line with the new NMC standards.



Pre-qualifying status qualification

Post-registration course for continuing personal and professional development

Eligible to be completed on a stand-alone or continuous module-by-module basis within a five year period

Why choose us?

  • Our partnership with The South West London Recovery College offers you the opportunity to learn from and with mental health service users
  • Our mental health ward simulations received the Nursing Times Award in 2012 and 2016 for ‘Innovation in Mental Health Teaching’
  • An adult insight placement will help you develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing


Employment prospects
  • 97 per cent of mental health nursing graduates obtain employment within six months of receiving their qualification.
Learning tools and facilities
  • Skills laboratories: you will complete a variety of learning experiences with actors in our laboratories where real life scenarios are simulated, enabling you to develop your skills within a safe environment. These mental health simulations have received a Nursing Times Award
  • The forensic house: mental health students practise skills in a house within the community (owned by the University and shared with forensic science and paramedic students). This allows them to mimic, as realistically as possible, the particular challenges involved in community mental health
Student benefits and support
  • Clinical supervision whilst in practice.
Mental health nursing students have the opportunity to take electives at our two international partners:
  • The Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation at the University of North Texas.
Practice placements
An adult insight placement will enable you to develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing.

We also have ten practice partners for mental health nursing from the NHS and private sector including:

Extra practice learning opportunities
Students have opportunities to undertake a national or international elective at the end of their second year. In the UK, students have worked at a wide range of settings including Broadmoor Hospital. Mental health students have also travelled to:
  • Ireland
  • India
  • Zimbabwe
  • Gibraltar
  • Hong Kong
  • Texas
  • Philippines

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School of Nursing shortlisted for a record number of awards celebrating excellence in studies and commitment to the healthcare profession.



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