Career Paths

Types of

Mental Health Nursing.

Below are a selection of the varied fields you can specialise within mental health nursing.  Find out information on the specialism and what the roles involve.   Remember if you are interested in any of the roles make sure you attend on of the events where you can find out much more and hear from real people in that career.  

Types of Mental Health Nurse 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse

Child and adolescent mental health nurses work with young people until the age of eighteen. They will often work across a range of settings visiting young people’s homes and schools. They have a key role in providing support to young people who are experiencing problems with their emotions, behaviour and mental health.

 

They will also work closely with a child’s family as well as educating and supporting other professionals, such as teachers.

What's the best thing about being a Mental Health Nurse?

TYPES OF PSYCHIARTY

GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY

This branch of psychiatry involves treating adults with mental illness. General adult psychiatrists work with patients who have severe depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, mania and anxiety. They assess and teat patients in crisis, including people who have attempted suicide or patients frightened because of psychotic (unreal) beliefs – for instance that they are being followed by people who plan to hurt them. 

These doctors can subspecialise within this disciple to work in areas such as eating disorders. They use medical investigations, for example, blood tests and scans, to aid diagnoses (what is wrong) before considering potential treatments including medications, electroconvulsive therapy and talking therapies.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PSYCHIATRY?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine where doctors treat people with mental illness. If you’re interested in people, medicine and mental health, then psychiatry could be the career for you. 

TYPES OF PSYCHIARTY

GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY

This branch of psychiatry involves treating adults with mental illness. General adult psychiatrists work with patients who have severe depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, mania and anxiety. They assess and teat patients in crisis, including people who have attempted suicide or patients frightened because of psychotic (unreal) beliefs – for instance that they are being followed by people who plan to hurt them. 

These doctors can subspecialise within this disciple to work in areas such as eating disorders. They use medical investigations, for example, blood tests and scans, to aid diagnoses (what is wrong) before considering potential treatments including medications, electroconvulsive therapy and talking therapies.

TYPES OF PSYCHIARTY

GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY

This branch of psychiatry involves treating adults with mental illness. General adult psychiatrists work with patients who have severe depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, mania and anxiety. They assess and teat patients in crisis, including people who have attempted suicide or patients frightened because of psychotic (unreal) beliefs – for instance that they are being followed by people who plan to hurt them. 

These doctors can subspecialise within this disciple to work in areas such as eating disorders. They use medical investigations, for example, blood tests and scans, to aid diagnoses (what is wrong) before considering potential treatments including medications, electroconvulsive therapy and talking therapies.

How do you become a mental health nurse?

To become a mental health nurse the main route is through a degree course at university.

To become a Mental Health Nurse, the main route is through a 3 or 4 year Mental Health Nursing degree course at university.

 

Typically, you’ll need a minimum of a grade 4/C or above in English language, maths and a science subject.  

 

Most nursing courses accept a range of post-16 qualifications including A-levels and BTECS, however they will often expect you to study at least one science or a health related subject area.

 

After you have finished your degree, you’ll register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and apply for one of the many varied roles within mental health nursing.

 

Good to know: there are other routes into mental health nursing. such as nurse degree apprenticeships and nursing associate apprenticeships, which you may want to explore further.

Mental health nurses are uniquely skilled and vitally important. They work collaboratively with psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists and therapists to support a person’s recovery, helping patients have more involvement and control over their illness. Working as a mental health nurse is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people with mental health difficulties.

Why choose Mental Health Nursing?

Working as a mental health nurse is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people with mental health difficulties.

“Psychiatry is about understanding the person, not just the illness”

Dr Rory Conn

What Mental Health Nurses say about their jobs...

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Types of Mental Health Nurse

Adult Mental Health Nurse

Adult mental health nurses work in a range of settings but predominantly in hospitals on wards delivering care, treatment and support to patients who are suffering with a mental illness.

They may work on specialist wards such as dementia wards, psychiatric intensive care units or specialist units dealing with eating disorders.

You’ll work closely with other professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and healthcare assistants. 

Types of Mental Health Nurse

Forensic Mental Health Nurse

Forensic mental health nurses work with patients who encounter the criminal justice system because of their mental illness or who become mentally unwell after they have committed a criminal offence. 

They may work in prisons, secure hospital settings, locked rehabilitation units or in police departments. For example, they may assess people who come into contact with the police and advise the police about whether  they should be referred to mental health services, rather than being taken to prison or a police cell.

Types of Mental Health Nurse 

Community Mental Health Nurse

Community mental health nurses work out in the community and try and prevent people from being admitted to hospital. They will be assigned patients and create care plans alongside a visiting schedule based on a patient’s needs.

They will work with patients in a range of settings including patient’s homes, clinics, day centres or voluntary organisations.

They will build meaningful and trusting relationships with the patients they visit, to support them with their recovery. This may involve encouraging a patient to take their medication, or advising them about social activities they can get involved with.

A career in mental health nursing.

A career in mental health nursing is one of the most fulfilling things you could ever do.

“It takes someone special to do this job. Nursing, providing care and changing people’s lives is the biggest privilege you will ever have.”

Emily, Mental Health Nurse

Mental Health Nursing

What is a Mental Health Nurse?

Mental Health Nurses are uniquely skilled and vitally important. They work collaboratively with psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists and therapists to support a person’s recovery, helping patients have more involvement and control over their illness.

“It takes someone special to do this job. Nursing, providing care and changing people’s lives is the biggest privilege you will ever have.”

Emily, Mental Health Nurse

A career in

A career in mental health nursing is one of the most fulfilling things you could ever do.

Mental Health Nursing

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