Taught course

Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practitioner

London South Bank University · Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Entry requirements

Students need to be able to demonstrate current nursing registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse – Mental Health and a minimum of two years post-registration clinical experience.

The course is intended for experienced clinicians working in health and social care settings, who either already hold a health related degree, or have studied successfully at degree level to a minimum of 90 level 6 credits.

From previous experience, it has become apparent that issues can arise within the clinical/employment setting once the student has commenced on the course and these issues can impact on compliance with all of the criteria for the full duration of studies. The following criteria apply on entry to the course and also apply for continuing to be eligible to progress on the PgDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) pathway:

Students must 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

Students must have an employer who is supportive of them undertaking this course of study and of their professional development as an ANP within the workplaceStudents are required to have a Psychiatrist/ qualified ANP Mental Health to act as their Practice Facilitator, whose primary purpose is to initially supervise and subsequently support the practice based learning activities and overall clinical development

The student and their employer must understand that the University requires students to commit regular time (the equivalent of 3 hours per week) to working in a “supernumerary capacity” for two of the modules in the pathway, in order to specifically focus on their clinical and professional development and meet the course requirement for certified clinical hours.

Months of entry

January, April

Course content

This pioneering programme is the first specialist route for mental health nurses in the UK to be accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

We aim to produce mental health practice leaders who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care 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 and driver for state of the art mental health care provision.


This course focuses on the Department of Health’s (DOH) four themes of: clinical/direct care and practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice and developing self and others (DOH, 2010).

We anticipate that students enrolling will successfully complete the full award. However, the option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Mental Health Clinical Practice is provided for students who have successfully completed the first year modules, without progressing onto year 2.

Students who complete the PgDip have the option to undertake a Dissertation to gain the full MSc ANP (Mental Health) award.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

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


We aim to develop a number of competencies required for advanced practice roles (RCN 2012, DH 2010).

Successful completion of the course will equip you to undertake leadership roles and advance your career. As more Advanced Nurse Practioners in Mental Health are created, we envisage new and exciting roles being developed in services where their unique skill set can be best positioned to impact patient care

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Information for international students

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    9-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0800 923 8888