Mental Health Nurse

Army Medical Service

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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. You can choose to join as an Officer or Soldier - both roles will stretch your clinical and leadership abilities. As a soldier you will follow a regular mental health nursing career pathway. Officers will take on additional leadership and management responsibilities within the Army, alongside their nursing duties.

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.

During your Army Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential, whether that's as a Nursing Soldier or Nursing Officer.

Training
Step 1 - You join the Army and complete your initial Soldier or Officer 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 Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) to gradually increase your mental health case load and begin life as an Army Nurse.

JOIN WITH A BURSARY

Worth up to £42,000. If you are already in your student nurse training or soon to embark on your Mental Health training pathway with a guaranteed university 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 successfully finishing soldier or officer 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 Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH), where you will receive excellent mentorship from clinical practice educators.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 35 years 6 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 - either Soldier or Officer.

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. You chose whether you want to join as a Soldier or Officer once you qualify. If wanting to join as a Nursing Soldier, you will need to pass the Assessment Centre tests for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. If wanting to join as a Nursing Officer, you will need to pass the Army Officer Selection Board and the Arms Selection Board for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps for professionally qualified officers.

BURSARY NURSE - If you have already gained your Student Nurse university place, are in the process of obtaining a place through UCAS or are part way through your Student Nurse training you are eligible to apply for an Army Nursing Bursary. You chose whether you want to join as a Soldier or Officer once you qualify. If wanting to join as a Nursing Soldier, you will need to pass the Assessment Centre tests for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. If wanting to join as a Nursing Officer, you will need to pass the Army Officer Selection Board and the Arms Selection Board for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps for professionally qualified officers.

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 Care, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science double/triple award or equivalent. Full entry requirements on Birmingham City University website

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 12m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of a number of areas, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivation Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

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

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 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 12m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8
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 consideration in CPD for Professional Qualifications commensurate to Role within with the Army Medical Services.

Pay and Benefits

You’ll be paid on a daily rate commensurate to your qualifications. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. 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

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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