The ethos behind this programme is the development of person-centred cultures, using a professional practice-based learning model that embraces practitioner inquiry and practitioner research, thereby contributing to the development of knowledgeable and dynamic person-centred practitioners who are sensitive to the needs of people who use healthcare services. The programme values knowledge gained through critical reflection on practice experience used in conjunction with the range of knowledge sources. The delivery of person-centred practice (McCormack and McCance 2010) requires practitioners to know and understand self in the context of their practice. Critical reflection is one means to achieve this. Consequently, within the DPHC the focus is on the practitioner learning from practice, understanding the theory underpinning their professional practice-based learning through critical reflection and applying this learning to practice. Many of the modules require students to provide evidence of their learning and development in practice through an academic portfolio mapped to learning outcomes.
The programme combines formal and practice based learning. Outcomes from the DPHC programme link closely with personal and professional practice based objectives, identified through staff appraisal. This provides the opportunity for practitioners to simultaneously achieve personal growth, reward and achievement while contributing to organisational and practice development.
Although some elements of the programme are taught or delivered online, most of the learning is achieved in and from practice, where the practitioner works with a practice based facilitator (who is a recognised teacher with the Ulster University) and completes a portfolio of their learning. Practice based facilitators enable the practitioner to select the most appropriate modules to match their needs and to meet the requirements of the award.
The facilitator role is pivotal as they provide the contact or 'teaching time' for practitioners to learn. This time equates to 6 hours in total/practitioner/module. Additional support is offered to students through taught sessions in the University and through Blackboard Learn.
The programme combines formal and practice based learning and is offered on a part time basis.
Although some elements of the programme are taught in the University or delivered online, most of the learning is achieved in and from practice practitioners area of practice. The practitioner works with a practice based facilitator (who is a recognised teacher with the Ulster University) and completes a portfolio of their learning. Practice based facilitators provide the contact or 'teaching time' for practitioners to learn. This time equates to 6 hours in total/practitioner/module. Additional support is offered to students through taught sessions in the University and through Blackboard Learn.
Students are expected to attend all classes associated with the taught elements of the
programme and be punctual and regular in attendance.
Work placement / study abroad
Students will be already employed in Health and Social Care Organisations (either NHS or independent sector).
Students within the programme come to us with an existing employment background within health and social care. On completion of this programme we expect students to continue their employment in health and social care organisations with an enhanced range of transferable knowledge and skills to benefit their communities, individual patients/families and their carers and employer. We also expect graduates to achieve a higher professional and personal profile within their organisation, enhancing their prospects of promotion. Additionally, we expect a number of postgraduate students to progress to undertaking research studies within the Institute of Nursing and Health Research at the Ulster University and other institutions.