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Nursing Studies (Second Registration) Mental Health Nursing

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a BSc in Nursing Studies First Registration.

All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by Cordelle Health on behalf of the University of Surrey.

Months of entry


Course content

At Surrey, we understand and accept mental health as a key component of healthcare provision, knowing that mental health affects us all and we can all expect to be impacted by it throughout our lives. On this course, we’ll shape you into a dynamic, driven and people-orientated nurse that can deal with a complex range of needs, while upholding the highest standard of provision for your service users. We’ll teach you to treat your patients as individuals, ensuring you take the time to understand who they are, what they need and how you can best provide them with care.

By choosing to study with us, you’ll benefit from our hands-on curriculum, evenly split between theory and clinical placements. You’ll become part of a multidisciplinary team, learn directly from healthcare professionals and service users, be supported by clinicians while on placements, and begin your journey towards an enriching career as a mental health nurse.

Our nursing courses are ranked top 5 in the UK by both the Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

This course is ideal if you're an existing registrant looking to study for a second registration, in another field of nursing practice. On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the academic and practice requirements needed to apply for second registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a mental health nurse.

What you will study

We’ll teach you to recognise and actively promote mental health in your life, both professionally and personally. You’ll develop an understanding of the differences between people and work together with services users to break stigma and encourage people to access help and support across all ages.

You’ll learn how to empower service users and aid in their recovery journeys, implementing creative therapies and psychosocial interventions, while managing medications. You’ll investigate barriers to recovery, including drug and alcohol abuse, and how these can be effectively overcome. You’ll become familiar with mental health policy in England, applying the principles of this in all your interactions with patients, their families and their carers.

You’ll learn how to provide evidence-based care to individuals in crisis, assessing difficult situations and managing care through multiple agencies. You’ll be able to make informed decisions for service users, in collaboration with mental health services, families and carers, critically evaluating these choices to inform future practice. You’ll advocate for your patients, giving them the necessary tools to aid their recoveries.

After graduating from this course, you’ll be a confident and efficient mental health practitioner, equipped with the clinical, analytical and reflective skills to effectively deliver care to patients, across a range of settings.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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