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Nursing - Community Mental Health

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

Entry requirements

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


September 2020 - April 2021
Requires 15 college days attendance

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 programme should be in a position to make a positive contribution to service users and carers lives.

On successful completion of this Postgraduate Diploma, you may progress to the one year research based Master of Health Sciences programme. In order to be eligible you will require an aggregate of 60% in your Postgraduate Diploma. Those who possess a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Mental Health would graduate with a Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies).

Further enquiries

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

T: 071-9135624

Subjects taught

Programme Content (five core modules plus one optional module): Core Modules:
• Recovery Orientated Mental Health Care
• Therapeutic Communication
• Advanced Research Methods
• Primary and Community Mental Health Care
• Professional Practice (300 hours of agreed community mental health clinical work)

Optional Modules (choose one):
• Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Assessing and Managing Individuals following Deliberate Self-Harm
• Early Intervention for People Developing First Episode Psychosis
• Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults

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 can complete these modules on a stand alone basis or choose to do some of these modules as part of another Post Graduate Diploma (Health Sciences) framework here at St Angela's College.

Application date

Application Process:

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2020

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