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

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Nurses working for the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change pay scale. The current pay scales are from April 2022. A newly qualified nurse is on Band 5, £28,384 to £35,365 a year.  A senior (charge nurse) or specialist nurse is on Band 6, £35,522 to £43,286 a year.


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Getting In

To become a registered nurse (mental health) you need a degree in nursing (SCQF Level 9-10).

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.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government runs the One Year Job Guarantee (OYJG) Scheme for newly qualified nurses and midwives to help improve their chances of finding work as well as developing their skills. The positions 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 Scotland Careers.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Tel: 020 7637 7181
Twitter: @nmcnews

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