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Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practitioner PgDip/ MSc

Overview

This course aims to develop your skills to become a practice leader, who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care provision for diverse and complex patient groups. With mental health issues infiltrating all aspects of health care, providing education to advanced mental health practitioners addresses a national imperative.

It is anticipated that students enrolling for the PgDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) will successfully complete the full award.  However, the option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Mental Health Clinical Practice is provided for students who have successfully completed the first year modules, but no longer want or are unable to successfully progress to year 2.  Students who complete the PGdip ANP (Mental Health) have the option to undertake a Dissertation to gain the top-up MSc ANP (Mental Health) award.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2.5 - 3 years
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
9 months - 1 year
Start Date
April
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Year 1 

  • Physical needs in mental health care
  • Advanced mental health assessment
  • Non-medical prescribing

Year 2

  • Innovations for excellence: leading service improvements
  • Advanced mental health practice for complex cases
  • Research in health and social care

Year 3 

  • Dissertation
  • Employability

    The course aims to develop a number of competencies required for advanced practice roles (RCN 2012, DH 2010). As a result, successful completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate knowledge and skills that are in high demand with existing and emerging markets in health care.

    Placements

    For the majority of students, the bulk of your clinical development will occur within your workplace setting.  It is therefore important that we support you to consider, with your Practice Facilitator and employment Line-Manager, how to maximise your practice based learning experiences and whether there are any significant barriers that might impede your practice based learning during the course. For example, when undertaking non-medical prescribing.

    We are aware that issues can arise within the clinical employment during the course of your studies and these issues can impact on compliance with all of the above criteria. However we would like to emphasise the following:

    If you change your employment, reduce your hours below the equivalent of 20 hours per week, go on maternity leave or have a period of not working clinically (for whatever reason), you must discuss this with the Course Director in advance of any changes. In these circumstances we would require you to take an “interruption in studies” until you can meet this requirement.  However exceptions may be made on an individual basis with agreement from the Course Director.

    If you get a new job, all of the entry criteria must apply for any new employment.  A new Clinical Practice Learning Environment Profile must be completed within 1 month of starting the new employment.  We will also need a letter confirming the new employers support for you undertaking the course.  You will also need to provide a new Facilitators acceptance form.

    Facilities

    Teaching and learning

    A range of assessments are employed including Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA), seen examinations and written assignments. The assessment strategy employed is closely aligned with the RCN competencies needed to achieve RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

    Entry requirements

    The following criteria apply to be eligible to progress on this course:

    • You must continue to be employed clinically (in excess of 20 hours per week) in a clinical role which enables development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level
    • You must continue to have an employer who is supportive of you undertaking this course of study and your development as an ANP (MH) within the workplace
    • You must have a Doctor/qualified ANP (MH) to act as your Practice Facilitator, whose primary purpose is to initially supervise and subsequently support your practice based learning activities and overall clinical development
    • You and your employer must understand that the University requires students’ to commit regular time (the equivalent of 4 hours per week) to working in a “supernumerary capacity” in order to specifically focus on their clinical and professional development and meet the course requirement for certified clinical hours.

    How to apply

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    Mode
    Part-time
    Duration
    2.5 - 3 years
    Start date
    January
    Application code
    4557
    Application method
    Mode
    Part-time
    Duration
    9 months - 1 year
    Start date
    April
    Application code
    4555
    Application method

    Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UCAS Postgraduate. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

    Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

    Accommodation

    Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

    Finance

    It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

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    Fees and funding

    Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

    Part-time
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £2898International fee: £4375
    AOS/LSBU code: 4555Session code: 1PS01
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £2370International fee: £2916.67
    AOS/LSBU code: 4557Session code: 1PS01
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £5925
    International £7291.67
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £2370International fee: £2916.67
    AOS/LSBU code: 4557Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £5925
    International £7291.67
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £2898International fee: £4375
    AOS/LSBU code: 4555Session code: 1PS00

    For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

    Possible fee changes

    The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

    The fees for international students are reviewed annually and, additionally, the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

    Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

    If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

    Scholarships

    We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

    Fee status

    Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

    Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2018/19

    The following information is subject to parliamentary approval:

    From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

    Accessing loans will provide students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

    Background to these changes can be found on Gov.uk.

    Council of Deans have prepared a briefing paper and Student Finance have outlined who qualifies. The Funding Clinic provides further information on what support is available.

    NHS Bursary will produce guidelines and information once the information has received parliamentary approval.

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    Prepare to start

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    Enrolment and Induction

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    In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

    Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

     
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