Mental Health Nurse

Army Medical Service

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

PROVIDING RESILIENCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

As a Mental Health Nurse in Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, you'll help keep soldiers and their families fit and healthy as part of a team working in a diverse range of clinical environments. You'll treat patients everywhere from community mental health facilities on military bases to field hospitals in operational environments and have the opportunity to work in management, training and administration. You'll enjoy access to outstanding learning and development opportunities, and take part in sport and adventurous training.

Training For The Role

JOIN AS A REGISTERED NURSE

As a Registered Mental Health Nurse, you'll be part of a team that provides the highest standard of care. Army nursing can be tough, so we'll give you the best possible military and professional training. You can develop your skills throughout your career with further study up to and beyond MSc level, funded by us. It's not all hard work though. You'll also get to travel, take part in Adventure Training and play sports for the Army. With a competitive salary, non-contributory pension and free healthcare too, you'll get great rewards - and an amazing experience.

Opportunities to commission as an Officer depend upon your knowledge, skills and experience. During your Army Mental Health Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential.

Training
Step 1 - You join the Army and complete your initial military training.
Step 2 - You then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Mental Health Nurse.

JOIN AS A STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH NURSE

We also train our own Mental Health Nurses. You will complete a 3 year degree programme that will give you professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will be well supported by military and civilian University staff at the Defence School of Healthcare Education within Birmingham City University and will then be employed as a Registered Nurse by the Army. After successful completion of your Student Nurse Training you will wear the rank of Acting Corporal. Once you are registered as a Mental Health Nurse you will be assigned to a department of community mental health (DCMH) where you will be gradually exposed to mental health case loads and will be provided mentorship during this phase.

Training
Step 1
- You join the Army as a Soldier and complete Phase 1 Training prior to starting your university course.
Step 2 - You then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital (DMG) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Nurse.

Bursary
If you are already in your student nurse training or soon to embark on your Adult or Mental health pathway within the NHS with a guaranteed place you could apply for an Army Nursing Bursary. £5,000 for each year of training and on successful completion of your Student nursing course and Phase 1 training you will be given a lump sum of £27,000. You will then enter the Army as a Registered Nurse and be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital unit, where you will receive a comprehensive preceptorship package with excellent mentorship from clinical practice educators.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 35 years 5 months
Qualifications:

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You will be invited to an insight course where you will be offered a career discussion to advise which role best suits you.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSE - You need to be registered with the NMC. You can join as a newly qualified nurse, be in your final year of training (on a course which will result in NMC registration) or join with prior nursing experience.

BURSARY NURSE - You will have already gained your Student Mental Health Nurse place, are in the process of obtaining a place through UCAS or are part way through your Student Mental Health Nurse training. You are then eligible to apply for an Army Nursing Bursary.

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH NURSE - 120 UCAS points plus 3 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (previously A-C) including Maths, English Language and one of the following: Health and Social Car,e Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science double/triple award or equivalent. Full entry requirements on Birmingham City University website

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP) will be the first formal qualification you will be required to complete. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of a number of areas, including: Primary Health Care (to Advanced practice), Emergency Nursing (to Advanced practice), Critical Care, Burns & Plastics, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Sexual Health, General Medicine and General Surgery. Alongside this you will gain significant personal development and development.

Rank Progression

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Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"Before I went to university, I didn't know that it was possible to be a Mental Health Nurse in the Army. Whilst I was studying, I was able to apply for financial support to help me finish my degree - it was also great knowing that I had a guaranteed job when I graduated. My Army career has provided me so many more opportunities than I would have had in the NHS."

HOW TO APPLY

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

Training For The Role

JOIN AS A REGISTERED MENTAL HEALTHNURSE

As a Registered Mental Health Nurse, you'll be part of a team that provides the highest standard of care. Army nursing can be tough, so we'll give you the best possible military and professional training. You can develop your skills throughout your career with further study up to and beyond MSc level, funded by us. It's not all hard work though. You'll also get to travel, take part in Adventure Training and play sports for the Army. With a competitive salary, non-contributory pension and free healthcare too, you'll get great rewards - and an amazing experience.

Opportunities to commission as an Officer depend upon your knowledge, skills and experience. During your Army Mental Health Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential.

Training
Step 1
- Your military training will take place both with your Unit and at Military Training Centres located across the UK
Step 2 - You will then go on to Nurse specific training with your Unit. This will vary depending on your civilian qualifications and experience.

JOIN AS A STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH NURSE

You can join the Army Reserve as a Student Mental Health Nurse, however, until you complete your Nurse training and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) you will fulfil an alternative role within the medical unit of your choice.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 5 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

On successful entry into the Army Medical Services Reserve you will be eligible to apply for funding for Professional Qualifications to help you in your role with the Army Medical Services.

Pay and Benefits

RESERVE SOLDIER
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private.

RESERVE OFFICER
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £65.24 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £78.41 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH NURSE
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private.

Attending your weekly drill night goes towards your pay. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"Before I went to university, I didn't know that it was possible to be a Mental Health Nurse in the Army. Whilst I was studying, I was able to apply for financial support to help me finish my degree - it was also great knowing that I had a guaranteed job when I graduated. My Army career has provided me so many more opportunities than I would have had in the NHS."

HOW TO APPLY

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

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