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Work-based learning

If you are undertaking, or are about to undertake, work related projects then this module is ideal. This may include audit, a conference presentation, producing clinical guidelines, role development, mandatory in-service study programmes. The module offers a flexible approach to learning that is primarily for recognition of learning in the clinical environment/employment setting. By formulating a learning agreement, a range of work-based activities or related study can be used and presented in a written form for assessment and the award of academic credit.

For example previous students have used:

  • a clinical audit and prepared a report after presentations in the employing organisation
  • reported on role development as a practice educator and development of a teaching package
  • preparing the introduction of new members of the workforce to extend a scope of practice
  • reviewed and improved a service provision in day surgery
  • acted on developing leadership skills with a change management project

Applicants will be assigned to an academic supervisor with whom they negotiate the learning agreement and then continue to provide one-to-one support. Applicants will consider who can act as a critical friend, practice supervisor/educator in the work place to give them support whilst undertaking the work related activity – this could be a manager, matron, practice educator or senior professional.

The course is also offered as an undergraduate award (level 6).

Learning outcomes:

15 credits

  1. Systematically examine work-based learning objectives and use innovative solutions which address an initiative for practice development.
  2. Synthesise prior and contemporary knowledge to critically discuss relevant issues.
  3. Critically appraise novel solutions based on best evidence/best practice for a given area of health care provision.
  4. Critically appraise the contribution of their and others’ professional development in the delivery of effective care.
  5. Exhibit expert reflexivity of own performance in terms of impact on healthcare provision.

 

30 credits

  1. Systematically examine work-based learning objectives and use innovative solutions which address an initiative for practice development.
  2. Synthesise prior and contemporary knowledge to critically discuss relevant issues.
  3. Critically appraise novel solutions based on best evidence/best practice for a given area of health care provision.
  4. Critically appraise the contribution of their and others’ professional development in the delivery of effective care.
  5. Exhibit expert reflexivity of own performance in terms of impact on healthcare provision.
  6. Critically examine policy and practice guidelines to create efficiency and effectiveness in contemporary healthcare services.
  7. Critically explore change in practice with regards to current resource restrictions within the NHS and optimum patient care.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare professional normally with one year’s post-qualifying practice experience.

Module code: HP7023X/HP7024Y

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).
Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

 

Number of credits and level of study: 15 or 30 credits at level 7. The course is also offered as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: After you have applied, you will be invited to attend a briefing session on one of the dates below to meet with the module leader. The purpose of this will be to ascertain that the work related project or study programme you have identified will be suitable.

The amount of academic credit and the level of learning you will be completing will then be confirmed by e mail and you can enrol to the module.

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 1 briefing session (10am – 12pm).

Please note that there are no other study days assigned to the work-based learning module. All study time will need to be negotiated with your managers. The submission date of completed project reports/essays or assignment is five months from the dates stated below. There is a standard word count for submissions of written work depending on the level and the academic credit awarded.

Module dates:*
(10:00 – 12:00)

  • 2 June 2017
  • 3 November 2017
  • 16 February
  • 1 June

*Dates may change

Fee:
HP7023X: £400
HP7024Y: £800

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc

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