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Work Based Learning: Using and Disseminating Evidence into Practice

PgCert

School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Nursing

Start Dates(s): September; January

Duration:

12 months

Fees:

Part-time - £2,460

Distance Learning - £1,750; £875 per 30 Credit Module

In Brief:

  • You will develop your project management skills through a negotiated research project to support you in developing skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care.
  • You will be supported in preparing to write for publication on your work based learning project by taking a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice.
  • You will develop a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings.
  • NHS funding available

Course Summary

Please note: this course is currently only open to Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust Staff.

This programme offers registered nurses and Allied Health Professional an opportunity to develop knowledge and practice that could improve service user care experience. The programme was developed and is delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester West NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust using a work based learning approach and delivered at the GMW site.

There are two modules for the postgraduate certificate or each can be taken as standalone modules.

The Work Based Project (30 credit module) is negotiated and designed to meet GMW strategic objectives and be of direct relevance to your area of practice. You will be asked to keep a learning journal to build-up a portfolio of your work and attend sessions to develop your knowledge and skills.  

Finding and Disseminating Evidence (30 credit module) focuses on preparing you to write for publication on the work based learning project or a project you have previously undertaken. You will take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice, use available literature and your  work based learning project. This will enable you to have a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings

This modules offer you credit towards a number of Masters programmes.

“The teaching and support for this course were exceptional both professional and peer support structures allowed for the facilitation of independent learning with the mechanisms for guidance and support in a way that reflected the work based nature of the programme. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable and relevant course which has enabled me to develop personal skills and in a way that has wider benefits to my service and the wider organisation.” Adam Clayton, 2015

"Best things about this programme is that it is “work based.” Cathy Lovett, 2015

“The networking it has allowed with in Trust. Further knowledge around research and gaining a further qualification.” Jaclyn Pickup, 2015 

“Excellent teaching. Excellent support." Lisa Fairclough, 2015

Course Structure

Intake      
Year Semester September P/T
1
Semester 1 September and Semester 2 January
Work Based Project (30 credits) Level 7
  Semester 3 September Finding and Disseminating Evidence (30 credits) Level 7
Year Semester January P/T
1 Semester 2 January and Semester 3 June Work Based Project (30 credits) Level 7
  Semester 1 September Finding and Disseminating Evidence (30 credits) Level 7
The action research project to support nurse practitioners and healthcare professionals in developing skills for managing change and guide you in undertaking research to improve practice and patient care.  You will be asked to keep a learning journal to build-up a portfolio of work and attend monthly sessions to develop your knowledge and skills. You will produce a project report and project to enhance practice.                              
This module focuses on preparing you to write for publication on the work based learning project above or a project you have previously undertaken.  You will take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice, use available literature and your work based learning project.  This will enable you to have a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with honours in a relevant discipline from a UK University or an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6.

In addition engaged in paid and/or unpaid work and where a written agreement with their employer for support in undertaking this Framework is agreed. There will be identification of a Learning Guide / Mentor who can support the student in their place of work.

If you would like to apply, you will need to contact Debbie Barry or Liz Tudor expressing your interest. For nurses this programme is supported by the Nursing Leadership Board. Please email debra.barry@gmw.nhs.uk or elizabeth.tudor@gmw.nhs.uk

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 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof.

Suitable For

This programme is suitable for you if you are an employee of Greater Manchester West NHS Healthcare Trust and are a registered nurse or Allied Health Professional with a first degree or a diploma and want to develop practice that could improve service user care and experience

Applicant profile

  • The course is for you if you are working with people who are living with cancer, and are interested in the way your specific role fits into the broader process of cancer support and survivorship
  • Other professionals, such as managers, trade unionists, occupational health practitioners, etc., who would benefit from a better understanding of this growing group
  • Since this is a relatively new area, there is an enormous scope for further professional development and expansion of the evidence base in this area

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,460
Distance Learning£1,750; £875 per 30 Credit Module
International Distance Learning£2,550; £1,275 per 30 Credit Module

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

The programme is delivered by work based learning that uses a blended learning approach which incorporates experience through enquiry, critical thinking and reflection and enables you to relate experience to your personal and professional development. Learning is controlled and owned by you, working at your own pace in your workplace.

The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment will support this process and your workplace provides the opportunity for the practical application of knowledge and skills.

Learning is negotiated and formalised to meet your individual learning needs and those of your work organisation.  A range of teaching methods could be used:

  • Induction programme
  • Workshops
  • Group seminars Employer lead provision including CPD activity
  • Master classes
  • Group tutorials
  • Surgeries/individual tutorials 
  • Action research/Learning Sets
  • Independent study Self-assessment activities, and application of theories underpinning learning and development
  • Portfolio building and reflective activities.
  • Presentations 
  • Access to work-based Learning Guide / Mentor

Assessment

Work Based Project  

  • A 4,000 word written work based project report 
  • A portfolio of a range of practice based evidence
  • You must pass both components

Finding and Disseminating Evidence module

  • 30 minute PowerPoint poster presentation

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Maureen McMahon is joint Programme Leader and a Senior Lecturer in and the School APL Lead. She is a Registered Nurse and university link teacher with an Acute Adult NHS Trust. With Ruth Potts she developed the Work Based Learning Framework for the university and this programme. Her interest is with community engagement and the service user/carers participation in curriculum development for student nurses.

Ruth Potts is a lecturer and APL and WBL Coordinator for the University of Salford. She is joint Programme Leader and her main interests are with community engagement and widening participation.

Ruth Heaton is a lecturer within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences specialising in Mental Health Nursing. Until recently she was the Deputy Director of Nursing for Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust and one of the key people in developing this programme.

Employability

On graduation you will have achieved a postgraduate qualification that better equips you with project management skills and skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care / carer experience.

You will learn the skills to be able to write for publication and take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice and have developed a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings.

You could have opportunities to apply for a more senior post within your organisation with greater confidence. Students who have successfully completed this programme have implemented practice-based innovations within mental health settings and includes:

  • Development of the Student Nurse Experience and Clinical Discussion Forum for Acute Service
  • An exploration of non-pharmacological strategies, as an alternative to Pro Re Nata medication (PRN) on an inpatient ward
  • Exploring the therapeutic relationship between staff and hospital service users at mealtimes.

Students have continue their postgraduate development by undertaking a full Masters programme and gaining  60 credits for the work undertaken on this programme via APL.

Links with Industry

Working collaboratively with Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust.

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