Mental Health Nurse
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.
Find where you belong.
If you want to be a 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.
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 caseloads and will be provided mentorship during this phase.
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.
JOIN WITH A BURSARY
Worth up to £42,000. 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 successfully finishing 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 Defence Medical Group Hospital unit, where you will receive a comprehensive preceptorship package with excellent mentorship from clinical practice educators.
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.
Become a Mental Health Nurse and you'll:
- Receive subsidised accommodation and facilities, increasing your disposable income
- Receive free medical and dental health cover
- Have the continuous access promotional opportunity and to continually progress your career
- Be sponsored to earn valuable civilian-recognised qualifications
- Take part in Adventurous Training and be able to play your favourite sports.
PAY AND BENEFITS
MENTAL HEALTH NURSE SOLDIER: Earn £14,931 during initial training. When you complete your military training and join your unit, your pay will rise to £32,076.
MENTAL HEALTH NURSE OFFICER: You'll be on an annual salary of £26,903 during your training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before commissioning on a minimum of £35,744 a year, depending on your experience.
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH NURSE: Earn £14,931 during initial training. During your time at university you will be paid up to £21,409 each year. Upon qualification and first posting your pay will rise to £32,076.
BELONG TO SOMETHING THAT MATTERS.
You should be:
- Regular Army age: 16.6 - 35.6 years
- Army Reserve age:
New enlistments: 17.9 - 43 years
Ex-Regular: 17.9 - 52 years
Specialist (Soldier): 17.9 - 50 years
Qualifications you'll need:
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. You must pass the Army Officer Selection Board for professionally qualified officers and the Arm Selection Board for the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps to qualify.
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
- Mid-Thigh Pull 46kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
- 2km run 11m 15s (11m30s for Junior Entry)
Our next deadline for application is 30th September 2022, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.
FIND WHERE YOU BELONG.