Education Studies

Postgraduate Level 7, Post Registration NMC validated Practice Teacher Award

The Practice Teacher Award is designed to prepare NMC registered nurses and midwives who are currently employed as Health Visitors or School Nurses and planning to develop their careers in teaching and learning. You will need to be able to demonstrate innovative professional practice in your specialist field in order to be an exemplary role model of practice development.

The Health Visitor Implementation Plan: a ‘Call to Action’ (March 2011) set an ambitious plan to increase the number of Health Visitors by 50%; 6,000 by 2015. This strategy has already led to a growth in the number of training places for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) students and an increase in demand for practice placements. Those Health Visitors who have been away from practice or who have lapsed registration are also being encouraged to return to practice, and will require highly motivated Practice Teachers to facilitate learning in the practice placements for all these students.

Student Practice Teachers will be prepared for teaching and assessing learning in practice for students on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme (Health Visitor or School Nurse pathway). Applicants will be involved in the development of the practice placement as an effective learning environment for all the team and will have experience as a mentor to pre-registration and other students and community teams.

The Practice Teacher Award usually runs from February to September and builds on previous learning and teaching qualifications developed for pre registration nurse teaching and learning such as Preparing Facilitators of Learning in Practice or Mentoring courses.

The course prepares you to achieve the NMC Standards for Teaching and Learning in Practice (NMC 2008) and consists of the following commitment;

  • 9 days taught content in University
  • 12 days working with an experienced Practice Teacher Supervisor and student
  • A further 9 days observing inter professional practice teaching with for example social workers or GP trainers and other SCPHN programme linked teaching and learning activities.

On successful completion of the course you'll be able to register with the employing Trust as a Practice Teacher (non-sign off) and allocated a SCPHN student. You'll be supported during the following year by an experienced PT in your assessment decisions and on observing further student ‘sign off’ will be able to enter the PT register as a Sign off PT.

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

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Part-time

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Fee per module

£730

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Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. For further advice about funding your degree please visit http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-degree.aspx.

If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact finance@canterbury.ac.uk. For specific fee queries, please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk.

Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may be available. View information about funding your postgraduate studies: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx.

Assessment is based on reflective portfolio of evidence (4,000 words).

Following discussion with your Line Manager please request an application form by contacting us as follows:

Email: postregandfd-healthadmin@canterbury.ac.uk

Tel: 01227 782418

Practical experience

Practical experience is integrated with the theoretical components of the course in order to facilitate the transfer of theory into a reflective practice model, and you'll be supported by an experienced practice teacher supervisor. You'll have access to students studying on the SCPHN programme to support your learning and practice competencies.

Funding

Students are usually sponsored by an NHS Trust.

Selection Criteria

All experienced Health Visitors and School Nurses who are currently registered on part 3 of the NMC register are eligible to apply. Your application should be accompanied by a reference from a peer and or manager. Ideally, applicants will have had an annual appraisal where their learning and development needs have been identified. If you are shortlisted, you'll be invited to an interview held by the Trusts; a short presentation on a relevant topic maybe part of this process. It is a prerequisite of the course that applicants hold a recognised mentoring teaching qualification or equivalent.

Fact file

Length

  • February to September

Entry requirements

  • Currently registered on part 3 of the NMC register are eligible to apply.
  • Applications should be accompanied by a reference from a peer and or manager. Applicants, who are shortlisted, will be invited to an interview held by the Trusts; a short presentation on a relevant topic maybe part of this process. It is a prerequisite of the course that applicants hold a recognised mentoring teaching qualification or equivalent.

Location

School

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