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The role of a Mental Health Nurse

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Mental Health Awareness week has got us thinking about all the different kinds of roles Nurses play and what different roles there are out there and how every single one plays a part in impacting the lives of their patients.

We have put together some information on everything you need to know about being a Mental Health Nurse which can prepare you on your journey to joining this respected profession.


A mental Health Nurse is responsible for planning and providing support and medical care to people with Mental Health problems.

On average, a band 5 (newly qualified) Mental Health Nurse will earn a salary of £22,128 to £28,746 per year. As you progress, you'll work up through the bands. The most experienced Nurses work at Band 6 or 7 with salaries ranging from £26,565 to £41,787.

The daily duties of a Mental Health Nurse…

  • Assessing and planning nursing care requirements
  • Visiting patients at their homes
  • Building relationships with patients
  • Reassuring, listening and talking to patients and their loved ones
  • Combating stigma and helping patients and families deal with situations
  • Administrating medication
  • Writing and updating patient records
  • Liaising with doctors, social workers and other health and social care professionals

Typical employers of Mental Health Nurses…

  • The NHS
  • General, psychiatric and secure hospitals
  • Residential and nursing homes
  • Community and rehabilitation units
  • Special units within prison services


The main qualification you need is a Mental Health Nursing degree; however it is also desired that you have the following qualities…

Qualities desired…

  • Good health and fitness
  • The ability to empathise with people
  • Good understanding of the theories of mental health
  • Excellent team work skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina
  • Observation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to stay calm and think quickly in challenging situations
  • Skilled in decision making

Typical interview questions…

  • What experience do you have?
  • What are the key tasks you think will be entailed with this job?
  • What are the biggest risks of Mental Health Nursing?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • How would you handle complaints made by patients?
  • How would you improve the quality of care provided?
  • What’s the best approach to dealing with challenging patients and situations?


Now you have an understanding on how you can pursue a career as a Mental Health Nurse, Do you think this is the next step for you? Or are you still unsure on what role you want to play in the Healthcare industry?

For advice and guidance on other roles take a look at our other blogs The role of a Healthcare Assistant and The role of a Support Worker and remember Swanstaff are always recruiting dedicated Healthcare professionals across the UK so consider us for your future employment.