Institution / St Angelas College Sligo
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Nursing - Community Mental Health

Programme Description
The Mental Health Services are undergoing changes that emphasise movement towards a community based service (Planning for the Future, 1984; Department of Health and Children, 2006). This programme seeks to assist nurses to develop skills to enable autonomous practice. The programme is delivered via blended learning so students have to attend college for only 13 days.

Entry requirements

Be a registered psychiatric nurse who is currently practising as a psychiatric nurse with at least 18 months post-registration experience.


One year part-time.

Careers or further progression

Research/Employment Opportunities
This postgraduate diploma will provide the students with the necessary knowledge/ skills to avail of a variety of employment opportunities in the community. Graduates of the Diploma can continue with their research training through the MHSc (Specialist nursing).

On successful completion of this Postgraduate Diploma, you may progress to the one year research based Master of Health Sciences programme (see details on page 10). In order to be eligible you will require an aggregate of 65% in your Postgraduate Diploma. Those who possess a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Mental Health would graduate with a Master of Health Sciences (Specialist Nursing).

Further enquiries

Tom O’Grady
Course Co-ordinator
St. Angela’s College
Lough Gill

T: 071-9135624

Subjects taught

Programme Content & Structure
This programme consists of seven modules:
• Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care 1
• Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care 2
• Therapeutic Communication
• Primary and Community Mental Health Care
• Mental Health Nursing in the Community
• Reflective Practice
• Professional Practice

A unique aspect of the programme is the quality clinical practice (Professional Practice Module) of a minimum of 300 hours under the supervision of an experienced community mental health nurse. Students provide care to an assigned caseload of a minimum of twelve clients with a range of mental health problems.

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