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Course content

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.

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Course detail

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.


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

What can I do next?

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.

How to apply

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From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

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Visit the Postgraduate Level 7 Practice Teacher Award page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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