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Work Based Learning: Using and Disseminating Evidence Into Practice (PGCert)

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

COURSE SUMMARY

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

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

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.


Visit the Work Based Learning: Using and Disseminating Evidence Into Practice (PGCert) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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