Nursing Officer Mental Health

Nursing Officer Mental Health United Kingdom

Royal Navy
Full Time United Kingdom 32000 GBP ANNUAL 2023-10-07
Job description

The role at a glance

The minimum you'll earn after training at BRNC


in Mental Health Nursing is the minimum qualification needed


Earn at least this amount as you progress

6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


Medical and dental care


All around the world

What you’ll do

Mental Health Nursing in the Royal Navy offers a unique career unlike what you’ll find in the NHS. Our Mental Health teams are critical to maintaining the psychological health and well-being of our personnel, ensuring they are fit to deploy around the world. Routinely, you’d work in one of our Department of Community Mental Health centres in Plymouth, Portsmouth or Faslane in Scotland. As well as carrying out the initial assessments of your patients, we’ll give you extra training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, group therapy and many more to enable you to treat your patients too. We deploy our mental health nurses around the world when required. This could be in support of the Maritime Role 3 capability on board RFA Argus, caring for clinical staff and patients alike. Or you could be part of the Waterfront Logistics Support Group; a network of specialists ready to deploy to ships and units around the world, should the need arise. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role
Help ensure Royal Navy personnel are mentally fit for service, wherever they are in the world
Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most. That might be offering community care to returning personnel, or providing occupational mental health assessment, treatment and management on missions all over the world
Gain clinical and management experience while taking responsibility for mentoring junior nurses and medical assistants
Develop as a practitioner in unique environments that are always challenging and sometimes dangerous

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
An opportunity to study further at degree or masters level, to top up your professional portfolio
You could gain specialist qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or addiction and substance misuse
Skills you'll develop
Unique mental health care, assessment, treatment and management
Pay and benefits
A salary that rises to at least £32,000 following training at Britannia Royal Naval College
Potential to earn over £50,000 a year as you progress
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care

Career progression

Meet your mentor, join a community-based mental health centre


Work within a community based clinical environment


Become Lieutenant, mentor students, go on deployment


You’ll be chosen on merit for promotion to Lieutenant Commander

What you'll need
Aged 20 to 39
Registered Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
5 grades A*-C (9-4) Including grade 6 (B) or above in English Language and Maths
A BSc/MSc or BA in Mental Health Nursing
A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 20 and 30 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
Technical, clinical and interpersonal excellence
Decisive with strong independent thinking
A caring and compassionate nature

Highly organised and able to remain cool under pressure
Meticulous attention to detail

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

Nurses Selection Board

Upon passing you AIB, your application will be reviewed by the Nurses Selection Board for final selection

Start training

Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at Britannia Royal Naval College

Nursing Officer Mental Health
Royal Navy
Holywood, United Kingdom
Sir Jonathon Band
$5 to $25 million (USD)
5001 to 10000 Employees
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