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We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
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We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

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You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

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  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

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As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

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To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
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  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

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  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Niche Jobs Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

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What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.


If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [Data queries Email] or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"). Please contact us at with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.


If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:


Telephone: 03031231113


Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

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  • 12 January 2011
  • 7 min read

How to become a Mental Health Nurse RMN

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder, Niche Jobs
Updated by Cath Coleman 30.01.18 A Mental Health Nurse (RMN) is a qualified registered nurse with specialist training in mental health nursing. An RMN works closely with people with various mental health conditions to help them recover from their illness or in order to assist them in leading a fulfilling life, despite the patient having on-going symptoms of a long-term mental disorder. Mental illness may be a long-term condition, such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder, or it may be a result of a stressful life event, such as bereavement or divorce that results in depression or anxiety. Some people may become unwell as a result of drugs, alcohol or a physical illness that has resulted in feelings of hopelessness and being unable to cope. As an RMN, you can work with a wide range of people from many different backgrounds, or you may specialise and work with one specific group of people such as children and young people, offenders in prison, or people with a particular condition, such as eating disorders. The main role of an RMN is to build therapeutic relationships, develop a plan of care with that person, and assist them through their difficult time by empowering them and enabling them to take control over their health. =============== Role And Responsibility The role and responsibilities of an RMN may vary depending on the setting and the group of people that the RMN works with:
  • Assessing the patients on admission and on a regular basis throughout,
  • Talking with the patient to find out their needs and problems, and how to best provide care,
  • Developing care plans with the individual as a structured plan of treatment that involves the nurse, family or carers, and other health professionals,
  • Developing risk assessments to identify risks, such as suicide or aggression, and working with the patient to reduce them,
  • Build therapeutic relationships with patients and their carers to build trust, empower them and to help them recover,
  • Work with patients through one to one sessions or group activities along with other health professionals,
  • Administering the correct medication as prescribed by the doctors, including injections, and monitoring for side effects,
  • Monitoring physical health and wellbeing, and recording blood pressure, pulse, temperature, diet and fluids and being aware of any physical health needs,
  • De-escalating distressed patients through verbal and non-verbal skills, and finding ways to reduce their distress,
  • Prevent and manage abusive, aggressive and challenging behaviour from patients when necessary to protect them and others,
  • Ensuring correct documentation of patient care,
  • Ensuring the legal documentation is in order, especially for patients detained under the Mental Health Act (1983),
  • Working with relatives, carers and visitors to educate them about mental health conditions,
  • Lead and manage shifts, supervising and supporting Health Care Assistants (HCAs), student nurses and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • =============== Skills The role of an RMN can be physically and emotionally exhausting but can offer huge rewards. Vital skills are:
  • A caring and friendly personality,
  • Excellent communication skills,
  • Ensuring the patients feel comfortable enough to disclose personal thoughts and feelings in order for them to understand their illness and recover quickly,
  • Empathy,
  • Supportive towards the patients and their families,
  • Non-judgemental,
  • Quick thinking,
  • Effective at problem solving,
  • Excellent observational skills to assess patients, reduce the risk of aggression and self-harm, and to keep the patients, and others, safe,
  • Calm and level headed.
  • ===== The values and behaviours expected of nurses, including RMNs can be summed up by the 6 C’s:
  • Care,
  • Compassion,
  • Competence,
  • Communication,
  • Courage,
  • Commitment.
  • There is often a higher risk of violence and aggression when working in mental health settings, and RMNs are trained to recognise and manage aggression from patients and visitors. =============== How To Get A Job In Mental Health In order to work as an RMN in the UK it is essential you're registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the regulatory body that confirms that you are eligible to practice as a nurse in the UK. To be eligible for registration, you must successfully complete a nursing degree programme. Most universities offering nursing degrees have separate courses in mental health and children and adult nursing, although some may offer “dual field” courses combining two of these options. Applications for full time nursing degrees are made though UCAS. Part time courses may be available through some universities and you should contact your chosen university to find out the process for applying. =============== Entry requirements Most mental health nursing degree programmes require two or three GCSEs, usually Maths, English and Science above Grade C. Some universities require A-levels or equivalent qualifications such as Access to Higher Education and international qualifications. It's important to contact the university directly regarding their individual entry requirements. Entry is dependent on the application, which usually involves a personal statement, references and an interview at the university. ===== Personal Statement The personal statement is very important and allows you the opportunity to tell the university why you want to become a mental health nurse. You should outline what it is about this profession that appeals to you, and what makes you the right person to become an RMN. Your values, attributes, character and attitude should be appropriate for the work of an RMN, and you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of what it means to be an RMN and work with people with mental illnesses. This is also your opportunity to highlight any previous work experience you may have had, including voluntary work, and your academic and professional background. Relevant hobbies and interests should also enhance your personal statement to show why you should be accepted on the programme. Universities will accept applicants that can show an understanding of the NHS Constitution principles and values, and will have the capability of upholding those values throughout their training and their career as an RMN. ===== Fees Fees for the nursing degree are around £9250 per year, payable by the student. Grants and bursaries may be available to assist with financial requirements depending on the individual’s situation. Student finance is available for eligible applicants through student finance England, allowing students to borrow money to help pay for university tuition fees and help with living costs. Additional financial costs should also be considered, such as textbooks, library fees, printing and photocopying, personal computers, appropriate clothing for placements, and travel between home and university or other sites as needed. ===== Courses usually take three or four years to complete on a full-time basis and five or six years part time. If you're already working in the NHS, your employer may support you through funding and flexible working hours enabling you to work and study at the same time. If you have a degree in another discipline, you may be entitled to Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) which is recognition of your previous work and allows the course to be completed in two years. Ask for information about this at your chosen university. A new alternative to the nursing degree programme is the nursing degree apprenticeship that is to be offered from 2018. These four-year programmes will be offered throughout England and will allow people to train whilst employed and be released by their employer to study part time in approved higher education institutions, and in a range of practice placement settings. The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by the employers. ============== The Degree The three-year degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to provide the best evidence-based, patient-centred care as a RMN. Typical university degrees consist of a range of modules that teach a range of theoretical and clinical skills. The first year often covers the foundations of nursing and health practice and how the body functions in health and ill health. The second and third year may include modules that teach you how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of mental health settings. All nursing degrees include clinical placements throughout the three years, and most courses are divided equally into theoretical and practical learning. It is important that you are able to travel to different sites during your training, as you will be working in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, rehabilitation, community and possibly forensic placements. You'll have the opportunity to work with adults, children, adolescents and elderly people with mental health difficulties. =============== Salary The salary of an RMN is determined by the NHS pay structure, Agenda for Change with pay bands for nurses. A newly qualified RMN begins as a Band 5 nurse and earns £22,128 per year, increasing each year from qualification to £28,746. Many nurses work as a Band 6 or 7 as they become more experienced with a yearly salary of between £26,565 and £41,787. A nurse consultant is the highest paid nursing role with a salary of up to £48,514. Nurses who work in London have slightly higher rates of pay across all pay bands, with different rates depending on the location in London. Private employers may offer different salaries to the NHS. =============== What Jobs Are There In Mental Health? There are fewer acute hospitals, and those that remain are situated in the main urban areas. Mental health trusts around the country vary in size and offer different psychiatric services, but there are job opportunities for RMNs across the UK in the NHS. If you live in a city or large town there may be more job opportunities in NHS hospital wards, but away from cities and major hospital sites community psychiatric nurses (CPN) may also be employed and have a large area to cover. ===== Hospital Nurses RMNs who are employed in a hospital ward often work 24 hour rotating shifts including evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays. A positive work-life balance can be difficult to achieve at times due to working shifts. Working hours are usually 37.5 hours per week. ===== Community Nurses Nurses who work in the community may also work shifts, particularly if they are employed in mental health crisis teams. Many community mental health nursing jobs have regular office hours but may still be expected to be available in emergencies, after hours or on-call. Recent changes to the way mental health care is delivered in the UK have led to an increase in community based mental health nursing and this is where many of the jobs are. Community nurses may visit their patients in their homes to assess them and administer medication. They may also see patients in clinics and in the hospital wards when the patient has been admitted. It's vital that the community nurse has a driving licence, as they will be required to drive between their place of work and patients’ homes on a regular basis. CPNs are also employed in crisis teams to care for people who have a mental health crisis and may present to the team during the night. ===== Agency Nurses Many nurses work through nursing agencies and are not employed by one particular hospital or nursing home, but work across several sites. This type of employment usually offers higher rates of pay, as the agency will not pay the nurse sick pay or holiday pay. Working through an agency provides the nurse with a wide variety of workplace settings and the freedom to choose the hours and shifts that are preferred. This might involve more travelling and less job security than regular employment, but is more suitable for some people, such as those with young children, due to the flexibility. ===== Bank Nurses NHS Trusts and nursing homes often have a bank staff system where staff are employed per shift and can choose which shifts they want to work whilst still being employed by a trust or nursing home. This allows more job security whilst still having the flexibility of a zero-hour contract. ===== There are also many job opportunities in the private sector as an RMN. Many nursing homes employ RMNs where you may work with elderly patients with dementia, or people with learning disabilities. RMNs are also employed in GP surgeries, prisons, substance misuse clinics, by mental health charities, the Ministry of Defence and as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessors. Private mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics and hospitals throughout the UK also employ RMNs. =============== Continual Professional Development After qualifying as a mental health nurse, it is essential that you continue your education and training. Most employers have mandatory training that should be updated annually, as it is important that your skills and knowledge are up to date. In order to remain on the nursing register with the NMC you will need to revalidate every three years. This involves demonstrating that you have obtained a certain number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. =============== Career Opportunities Newly qualified RMNs often start their careers in hospital wards or nursing homes. As the nurse becomes more experienced, more career opportunities become available. Many nurses continue to work in hospital wards throughout their career and move up through the pay scale bands to become Band 6 senior staff nurses responsible for the day to day running of the ward. Other career paths include:
  • A CPN as a Band 6 nurse and work in the community,
  • Mental health liaison nurse specialising in adult or older adult mental health,
  • A specialist nurse in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), or Mother and Infant Mental Health Services (MIMHS),
  • Drug and alcohol treatment services,
  • Prison or forensic nursing or Early Intervention Psychosis Teams (EIP).
  • Further experience, education and training can lead to a Band 7 position as ward manager, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or as a nurse consultant. Further training could lead you to a career as a Non-Medical Independent Prescriber (NIP), working in areas such as substance abuse or ADHD services in assessing, and prescribing and educating patients as a CNS. Alternative career paths for RMNs include research nursing, working to improve best practice within an NHS trust, or for private clinics or universities in their specialist area. Talking therapies is another option as further training in therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can lead to work as a practitioner with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). There are careers for RMNs interested in education, as mentor to junior staff, university student preceptor nurse, or as lecturer in colleges or universities. This is usually after completing further education at Masters level. Nurse leaders may go on to join hospital management, influencing policies within a trust, working with the government and other agencies to provide the best possible care for patients. =============== Working Overseas There are many opportunities for RMNs to find work overseas, especially in countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Both of these countries accept the UK nursing qualification and the RMN can register as a nurse to work in these countries by contacting the relevant registration board. In USA, foreign nurses must pass the NCLEX exam to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in nursing before they are able to register to work. There may be career opportunities in other countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia and European countries, but it may be necessary to be fluent in another language. Appropriate work visas should be obtained in order to work overseas. =============== How To Find A Job The best way to find a mental health nursing job is to go online to a nursing jobs website such as There you will find hundreds of RMN jobs in the NHS, private hospital, clinics and nursing homes, as well as bank and agency jobs. You can search for your preferred location, employer, sector, and job level and contract type. specialises in nursing jobs, so it is easier to find the right job than through a general employment website. Some of these jobs are advertised directly by an employer, and others are advertised through a recruitment agency. It is possible to sign up with one of these recruitment agencies and they will contact you regularly with current employment openings and jobs they think you may be interested in. Another way to find a job is through the NHS jobs website where you will find job opportunities within the NHS. There may be fewer jobs advertised here as it is only NHS positions, but if you are hoping to find a job in the NHS then this could be a great place to look.

    About the author

    • Matt Farrah
      Co-Founder, Niche Jobs

    I'm fascinated by the career choice we all make. It speaks so much about who we are. People choose to become a nurse or work in medicine or care for one of two reasons. One: simply, they always wanted to be a nurse or social worker or doctor. Two: even more simply, they want a job which helps people. In our blogs we explore the career choice that puts others first.

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    • Matt Farrah
      Co-Founder, Niche Jobs

    I'm fascinated by the career choice we all make. It speaks so much about who we are. People choose to become a nurse or work in medicine or care for one of two reasons. One: simply, they always wanted to be a nurse or social worker or doctor. Two: even more simply, they want a job which helps people. In our blogs we explore the career choice that puts others first.