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Introduction to Practice Education

This resource was designed by the University of Central Lancashire to support the professional development of healthcare support workers, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to support learner development

Why has this resource been developed?

Engagement activity with key stakeholders has identified that learners are supported in their development by staff across a range of different roles, many of whom will not have had any training to support learner development. Additionally, staff fulfilling these roles may not have completed formal professional training and therefore may have limited knowledge of regulatory body requirements or the legal requirements linked to role specificity and insurance. 

The role of this staffing group in learner development is long recognised (Wright, 2006., Hasson et al, 2013) and valued (Caldwell et al, 2010) yet support for the education and development of skills in practice education have focussed on meeting the requirements of Regulatory and Professional bodies in ensuring a level of education for those ultimately responsible for supervision and assessment. 

The aim of this initiative is therefore to provide a platform to focus on those involved in influencing learner development to equip them with the requisite knowledge and skills to support learner development. 

What will I learn?

On completion of this online learning resource, you will be able to:

  • Reflect on your involvement and individual leadership in practice education
  • Identify the key components of healthcare education programmes
  • Discuss effective facilitation of learning in healthcare education
  • Identify the roles and shared responsibilities of practice partners, regulatory and professional bodies in quality healthcare education
  • Discuss the legalities of accountability and delegation in relation to your own role and in learner development 
  • Recognise the importance of reasonable adjustments in practice education
  • Explain how coaching skills can be used to support learner development in practice
  • Provide effective feedback to inform learner development
  • Reflect on your role in practice education to inform your future personal and professional development  

How do I get started?

To get started with this course, click on the modules link at the top of the page and begin to work through the individual sections. We have provided a suggested order for the modules but feel free to work through them in a different way according to your learning preferences.

Contact us about this resource

UCLan Work Based Learning Team
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Tel: 01772 891992