Education is a core element of professional practice. Mentors, supervisors and teachers are vital to the preparation of the next generation of practitioners and clinicians. However, the role of the health care educator in the clinical setting is complex: complex in terms of combining teaching activities with clinical commitments and complex in terms of contextualising the activities within different programmes, professional requirements and individual learners’ needs. The Education for the Health Professions Master's programme will enable the student to develop an in-depth understanding of educational principles and values so as to develop their expertise in teaching, assessing and supervision in clinical and academic settings. The Education for the Health Professions programme has been granted approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for a recordable teaching qualification, and accreditation from the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). Individuals completing the course successfully will be eligible to apply for full membership of AoME without going through the individual assessment process.
The Education for the Health Professions programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the health care professional engaged in education in the clinical and/or academic setting. It aims to:
Enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of educational issues, principles and values so as to develop expertise in teaching, assessing and supervision;
Enable students to develop the core skills of critical analysis, evaluation, synthesis, creative and reflective thinking;
Enable the student to conduct research into their own educational practice;
Promote inter-professional collaboration and understanding across a range of health; professions in relation to the practice of education;
Enable the student to develop their ability to design and adapt their teaching and assessing to maximise the learning potential inherent in the range of settings in which they teach and develop their ability to research their practice as educators.
Modules on the Education for the Health Professions Master's programme typically include:
• Teaching and learning for the health professions’ educators
• Teaching and learning for practice teachers
• Designing and evaluating your teaching
• Assessment and feedback
• Mentoring and supervision
• Teaching and learning in practice– work-based learning
• Simulation and e-learning
• Leadership in practice
Who should take this programme?
This programme is designed for health professionals involved in education in the clinical and/or academic setting, who would like to broaden their understanding of educational processes and practice and develop their careers in the field of professional healthcare education.
Nurses, doctors, dieticians, general practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, midwives, audiologists and university lecturers/tutors would all benefit from the programme.
The Education for the Health Professions programme is split into core and optional modules in part one. Successful completion of part one will enable students to progress into part two and undertake the dissertation module.
The programme is taught at Swansea University
's Singleton Park campus.
Links with practice
The Education for Health Professions degree is driven by educational practice. Students will learn about, from and for educational practice. Students will be required to identify an appropriate preceptor for the duration of the programme who will support and facilitate learning in the workplace.
Employability and Career Prospects
The Education for the Health Professions programme will provide students with the opportunity to teach and develop their careers within health care education across a number of sectors including further education, higher education, the National Health Service, Adult and Community Education, as well as private training providers.
Applicants for the Education for the Health Professions programme must be either health professionals who teach in the workplace, or members of a medical or health care profession that teach as part of a university faculty and must have either an appropriate degree or its equivalent from an approved institution (preferably 2:1 or above) and evidence of recent academic study or a professional qualification and relevant work experience. Registered nurses and midwives seeking to achieve either Practice Teacher or Teacher status must be able to demonstrate that they have developed their own knowledge, skills and competence beyond registration.