Nursing - Community Mental Health Nursing

ATU - Sligo St. Angela's

Nursing - Community Mental Health Nursing

Programme Description
This programme will challenge mental health nurses to broaden their view of people who experience mental health problems and acquire the core values, attitudes, knowledge and competencies required to support these people in community settings. The programme content is informed by the relevant policy documents and the H.S.E. National Clinical Programme for Mental Health.

On successful completion of Postgraduate Diploma phase of the programme students can then choose two options.

Option One: Exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Community Mental Health Nursing)

Option Two: Continue for one further academic year, bypassing the Postgraduate Diploma (Community Mental Health Nursing) award, and continuing to complete a 30 ECTS research dissertation module for the award of Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health Nursing).

Note: Students who elect to continue on to complete the Master's programme, will at the end of their studies hold a Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health Nursing) qualification (not both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Health Sciences award).

Subjects taught

Programme Content (five core modules plus one optional module):

Core Modules:
• Making Recovery a Reality: A Co-Produced Module
• Therapeutic Communication
• Advanced Research Skills
• Primary and Community Mental Health Care
• Professional Practice (300 hours of agreed community mental health clinical work)

Optional Modules (choose one):
• Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults
• Assessing and Managing Clients Presenting Following Self-Harm
• Early Intervention for People who Experience First Episode Psychosis
• Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

These four optional modules are also available to Registered General Nurses, Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses, and all members of the Multi-Disciplinary Community Mental Health Teams i.e. Social Workers, Occupational Therapists. These optional modules can also be undertaken on a standalone basis without requirement to complete the full Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma (Community Mental Health Nursing).

Entry requirements

Be a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who is currently practising as a psychiatric nurse with at least 18 months post-registration experience

Application dates

Application Process:


PG Diploma - September 2022 to June 2023 (requires 15 college days attendance). MHSc requires one further academic year.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2020

Post Course Info

Research/Employment Opportunities
This MSc/Pg Diploma programme will provide the students with the necessary knowledge/skills to avail of a variety of employment opportunities in the community. Graduates of the programme should be in a position to make a positive contribution to service users and carers lives.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MHSc / Pg Diploma

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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