Explore mental health nurse jobs in the UK

Are you looking for a mental health nursing agency that ‘gets it’? As an on-framework agency with 20+ years of experience, you’ll get access to a wide array of jobs with competitive rates. Let’s affect futures together.

We recruit the best mental health nurses with the best permanent and locum jobs out there, bringing empathy and understanding into everything we do. We’re recruiting Registered Mental Health Nurses (RMNs) and Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) to work in a variety of community and hospital settings, including bands 5,6 and 7.

We’ve got jobs that cover all of the UK, including:

Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Cardiff, Coventry, Essex,  Kent, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Surrey.

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for, send us your CV and we’ll be in touch as soon as a suitable job is available.

Dedicated recruitment consultant

As an on-framework agency, our Mental Health Nursing team safely place staff in NHS hospitals across the UK. Once registered, you’ll benefit from a dedicated recruitment consultant and access to a choice of block or ad-hoc shifts to suit your lifestyle.

To be eligible, you’ll need to have:

Full NMC registration

Enhanced DBC checks

Minimum of 6 months NHS experience within the last 2 years

Other requirements may be necessary, depending on the role.

Resources to help you apply for mental health nursing jobs

For help with meeting any of these requirements, please take a look at our helpful resources:

Resources for locums

Resources for permanent candidates

Get help with writing your medical CV

Why join Athona?

Each week we run two hassle-free payrolls

Access to a specialist recruiter on a 1-2-1 basis

Candidate of the month reward & recognition scheme

Support obtaining mandatory training & maintaining full compliance

Proud to support careers and services

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This all depends on where in the UK you work and which type of role you undertake. The average rates are between £22-£35 per hour (if paid by Umbrella Company for a Band 5) or £27-£42 per hour (if paid by Umbrella Company for a Band 6). For more details on how much you can earn as a mental health nurse, please speak to your recruiter.

First and foremost, you need to have gained your NMC registration. However knowledge of psychology, counselling, sensitivity and understanding, patience and keeping calm in stressful situations are all skills you will need to be a successful mental health nurse.

This all depends on your individual experience and we would take time to discuss and look at what type of wards you have worked on previously.

For example, PICU/CAMHS/forensic are all specialist areas and to work within these wards as a locum RMN you will need to have previous experience in this area, as it is vastly different to working on a general adult ward.