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Nurse - Mental Health

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Registered nurses (mental health) care for patients with a range of mental health conditions, in hospital or in the community. They assess each patient’s needs, and work with the patient to help them cope with daily life and deal with their condition.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Nurses working for the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change pay scale. The current pay scales are from April 2017. A newly qualified nurse is on Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year.  A senior (charge nurse) or specialist nurse is on Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year.

Those taking up posts through the internship programme for those registered with the One Year Job Guarantee Internship Scheme (see below) will be paid at Agenda for Change Band 5 (Point 16) pro-rata at 22.5 hours a week.

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Scotland


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Getting In

To become a registered nurse (mental health) you need a degree in nursing.

Jobs are mainly in the National Health Service (NHS), in psychiatric hospitals, in the community, in drug dependency and other social work units, in nursing homes and in prisons. You could also work in private hospitals, for agencies, or for the armed services. You can find NHS job vacancies in Scotland by visiting NHS Scotland Recruitment.

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government introduced the One Year Job Guarantee Internship Programme for newly qualified nurses and midwives to help improve their chances of finding work as well as developing their skills. The internships are one-year fixed term contracts at 22.5 hours a week, set at grade 5 on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale. For further details contact NHS Education for Scotland.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Disclosure Scotland
Tel: 03000 2000 40
E-mail: info@disclosurescotland.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Tel: 020 7637 7181
E-mail: UKenquiries@nmc-uk.org
Website: https://www.nmc.org.uk
Twitter: @nmcnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nmcuk

Royal College of Nursing Scotland
Tel: 0345 772 6100
E-mail: Scottish.Board@rcn.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcn.org.uk/scotland/
Twitter: @RCNScot
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royalcollegeofnursing

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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