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Leading Education in Practice: NMC Practice Teacher Award

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School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Nursing

Start Dates(s): September; February

Duration:

September start: 8 months;
February start: 12 months

Fees:

Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Support your career progression within the field of health and social care education and become an NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher
  • Teaching and learning techniques used will advance your personal growth as a leader of education and enable you to deliver excellent health and social education care now and in the future
  • Use this certificate as part of the MSc Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

This course will prepare you as an effective leader of health and social care education whilst at the same time provide you with an opportunity to become an NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher.

This postgraduate certificate is the vehicle to achieve successful entry onto the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Practice Teacher register.

This course is different to others as it combines developing yourself in the role as NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher whilst at the same time developing your skills, knowledge, qualities and behaviours of an effective leader of health and social care education. Within the context of your organisation, you will develop the skills to lead practice based learning that is based on sound education and leadership practices that are research and evidence based. You will develop the skills to take into consideration the complexity of the different levels of practice and student experience. You will critically apply the NMC Practice Teacher Standard, thus facilitate learning within a professional and inter-professional learning and working environment and in collaboration with the range of teaching personnel. You will be provided with opportunities to design and undertake assessment of educational knowledge, attitudes and skills in the practice context and identify a clear theory and/or research and evidence base in the design of learning, teaching and assessment.

There are opportunities for you to work flexibly full or part-time with options to use credits from this course towards the MSc Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform.

Course Details

The range of knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective practice teacher and educational leader have been carefully developed into two specialist modules.

Teaching and learning strategies reflect the real world recognising that you as Practice Teacher and educational leader have to present, report, justify, reflect, defend and write critically. Therefore you will be given opportunities to develop these skills throughout the course. These strategies will also prepare you to work in the range of health and social care practice setting that are often in a state of flux and transformation.

The teaching and learning strategies are dependent on sound group dynamics, trust and cohesion. The course commences with an induction day which explores students’ expectations, hopes and fears, work based learning opportunities, along with confidentiality and other issues. Specific teaching and learning strategies include: seminars, master classes, teaching experience, and shadowing experienced health and social care educational leaders. These are interactive, discursive, participatory, collaborative and practice based and employ a variety of teaching and learning methods including group activities, sharing of work based and learning experiences and personal and group reflections on educational leadership and practice Teacher ‘real life’ scenarios , utilising best-evidence generated from models, theoretical concepts, the workplace and their own experiences.

  • Critically examine the theory, research base and impact of the drivers for health and social care reform on leading practice education
  • Identify a clear theory and/or research base in the design of practice learning, teaching and assessment
  • Aligning with the NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher Standard, critically apply educational leadership and teaching and learning theories to facilitate learning within a professional and inter-professional learning and working environment and in collaboration with the range of teaching personnel
  • Design and undertake assessments of educational knowledge, attitudes and skills in the practice context that are based on the critical application of educational leadership  concepts and theories

Entry Requirements

Degree grade: An equivalent Bachelor’s degree normally with a 2:2 honours or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere
Specific Nursing and Midwifery Council specific requirements:
  • Nurses and midwifes must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • On the live register of mentors as a sign off mentor
  • First degree
Level 2/3 specific requirements: N/A

Accreditation of Prior Learning

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for nurses registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council who are looking to pursue a career in practice based education and is specifically targeted at those wanting to work in the role of NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher.

An NMC Practice Teacher is a registrant who normally will have previously fulfilled the NMC requirements to become a mentor, and has received further preparation to achieve the knowledge, skills and competence required to meet the NMC defined outcomes for a Practice Teacher. Practice Teachers must have met NMC requirements defined in this standard, or be supervised by a Practice Teacher who has met them (NMC 2008).

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module

Teaching

A variety of teaching approaches will be employed to provide a rich and diverse immersive and experiential learning environment. All sessions will target specific NMC Practice Teacher domains and will focus on your role as an educational leader. Specific teaching and learning strategies include:

  • Seminars
  • Work based learning
  • Workshops
  • Practice profile evidence building and shadowing experienced health and social care educational leaders.
  • Sharing of work based and learning experiences and personal and group reflections on educational leadership and Practice Teacher 'real life' scenarios
  • Attendance of action learning sets provide more focused opportunities for peer review and feedback and provide a safe environment to resolve 'real life' leadership and Practice Teacher issues and to develop you into the role of Practice Teacher
  • Assessment in practice by your Practice Teacher Mentor

Assessment

The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will undertake, and include:

  • Poster presentation to critically explore an aspect of clinical teaching and learning in education
  • Practice profile summary demonstrating your achievement of the 8 domains within the NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher Standard
  • Development of a simulated clinical teaching and learning scenario and clinical viva (100%)

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Jacqueline Leigh

I am the programme leader for the Leading Education in Practice: NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher Award and MSC Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform. I have expertise within the field of practice based education and teaching and learning in Higher Education.An interest of mine is pedagogical approaches that support creative approaches to teaching and learning. I have a track record of publications that support clinical leadership development and curricula design that supports the development of the healthcare leader and leader of health and social care education. I have introduced into the educational and leadership curriculum the Patchwork Text Assessment that is used by students to effectively demonstrate their ongoing health and social care leadership development.

Employability

  • Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
  • By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
  • Undertaking modules leads to better career prospects and promotion.
  • Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a Strategic level social worker.
  • The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

Career Prospects

Following completion of the course you will have developed the expertise to lead education in health and social care contexts. There are opportunities for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards this  Master’s programme. This provides you with a flexible and dynamic educational leadership career pathway.  Indeed this is a real strength of attending the programme.

Links with Industry

This course supports you to develop a teaching career in education within the field of health and social care and Higher Education.

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