Mental health nursing/ Apprenticeship

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Roy101
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Hello,

I think i want to apply for an apprenticeship, however, i can't find any vacancies I've tried every website! I'm currently on level 6/7 meaning im looking for a degree apprenticeship.

I'm interested in: Mental health nursing/counselling apprentices

Does any one know where i could find vacancies, oh, ive also looked on the NHS but i cant find mental health nursing, and ive also looked on normal job websites plus Gov.uk too :/

Where can i find my kind of apprenticeship?

Many thanks
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Hi,

Specifically for mental health, it is going to be difficult because:

1. It is a specialised field where people do general nursing first (SRN - State Registered Nurse) then specialise to work in mental health (RMN - Registered Mental Nurse) - direct entry is rare!

2. The field of mental health, due to its association with crime and violence (although most patients with mental illness harm themselves rather than others!), is unlikely to take on young inexperienced trainees simply out of Health and Safety concerns, and the strong legal implications.

My advice is to take up some general care/nursing work/training as a stepping stone - there are financial incentives for trainees in the NHS and care industry, with shortage of good, sensitive and empathic staff as well as the increase in longevity that has shifted the balance of the population towards older citizens.

Hope this helps!
M (former medical student)
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Just want to point out....
The above poster is incorrect.
You can do mental health nursing directly at universities that offer it - including the open university.
However apprentice routes are newly introduced in England this year and more spaces are for those wishing to do adult nursing.
Try the open university if you're employed on healthcare currently.
Otherwise your only other option is to apply to univeristy for 3 years full time.

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(Original post by deviant182)
Just want to point out....
The above poster is incorrect.
You can do mental health nursing directly at universities that offer it - including the open university.
However apprentice routes are newly introduced in England this year and more spaces are for those wishing to do adult nursing.
Try the open university if you're employed on healthcare currently.
Otherwise your only other option is to apply to univeristy for 3 years full time.

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Open university? Can i be eligible for that, plus what entry requirements do i need to do psychology for example, or nursing?
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See this page for further information...
To generally enrol on an open university nursing degree you need to be working in healthcare and have the support of your employer to do so.

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/q74

If you're not working in healthcare you will need to apply through UCAS to a full time nursing degree.
Have a look at universities near you for what their entrance requirements are.
The NMC website has further information on nursing and what competencies are needed to be covered.
https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/bec...oming-a-nurse/

However, you do not need to psychology etc as such if you want to go into mental health nursing.
But you will need a-levels or similar equivalents...
If you have not studied recently then you need to enrol on an access course for example at a local college to obtain the necessary qualifications.
Generally, you need maths and english at a gsce grade c or above.
Then you need to have studied within the last 3-5 years dependent on what the university you're applying to require.
You will need to meet the minimum points requirement ...

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

This website will give you a bit more information..
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...y-requirements

The websites below will give a bit more information on mental health nursing;
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...l-health-nurse
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-prof...l-health-nurse
https://nationalcareersservice.direc...l-health-nurse
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(Original post by deviant182)
See this page for further information...
To generally enrol on an open university nursing degree you need to be working in healthcare and have the support of your employer to do so.

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/q74

If you're not working in healthcare you will need to apply through UCAS to a full time nursing degree.
Have a look at universities near you for what their entrance requirements are.
The NMC website has further information on nursing and what competencies are needed to be covered.
https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/bec...oming-a-nurse/

However, you do not need to psychology etc as such if you want to go into mental health nursing.
But you will need a-levels or similar equivalents...
If you have not studied recently then you need to enrol on an access course for example at a local college to obtain the necessary qualifications.
Generally, you need maths and english at a gsce grade c or above.
Then you need to have studied within the last 3-5 years dependent on what the university you're applying to require.
You will need to meet the minimum points requirement ...

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

This website will give you a bit more information..
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...y-requirements

The websites below will give a bit more information on mental health nursing;
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...l-health-nurse
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-prof...l-health-nurse
https://nationalcareersservice.direc...l-health-nurse
Thank you very much!
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(Original post by deviant182)
Just want to point out....
The above poster is incorrect.
You can do mental health nursing directly at universities that offer it - including the open university.
However apprentice routes are newly introduced in England this year and more spaces are for those wishing to do adult nursing.
Try the open university if you're employed on healthcare currently.
Otherwise your only other option is to apply to univeristy for 3 years full time.

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You've saved my life! Thank you so much. I'm studying with the Open university now thanks to you!
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You've saved my life! Thank you so much. I'm studying with the Open university now thanks to you!
This is brilliant to hear!
Well done and congrats to you, you have to thank yourself too for pushing yourself and going after what you wanted!
Hope all is going well ☺

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