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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Healthcare Education

Previously known as clinical education

If training or teaching is part of your role as a healthcare professional and you want to develop these skills, this course is for you. You learn how to design and develop high-quality learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You can apply and test what you learn through teaching practice in your workplace and teaching small groups of students at the University. If suitable, you can also register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and gain Higher Education Academy accreditation.

Course length 18-36 Month(s)
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

This course is for healthcare professionals involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. You study the teaching skills needed to support and assess learners in the workplace.

It helps you to meet your organisation's training needs, aiming to ensure better educational experiences for all staff. The healthcare educator has a lead role in developing a flexible workforce that can address future challenges in healthcare delivery. By providing a clear link to patient outcomes, educators can help to address the variation in standards of healthcare education and training currently delivered.

As a dentist, doctor or allied health professional you can demonstrate your revalidation and continuing professional development as the course is mapped to recognised professional standards.

If you are a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse you can gain registration as a nurse teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. If you work in higher education settings then you can also apply for Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy after successfully completing the course.

You are introduced to contemporary issues in healthcare education that place the educator at the heart of service enhancement and better patient care. We explore with you your role as an educational leader and interprofessional educator.

Action learning sets with your peers enable you to explore key theories and strategies and then apply them critically to your practice. You have opportunities to rehearse skills and explore a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies. Face-to-face or online workshops allow you to explore contemporary issues and instigate new educational opportunities in your workplace.

You develop teaching and learning skills applicable to various clinical settings. You also draw on current work-based teaching and learning to strengthen links between your professional practice and educational role.

During the course you design and develop learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You evaluate a range of learning and teaching strategies and develop your personal teaching style, in line with your educational and specialist expertise.

Observed teaching practice is available where you teach small groups of students in the workplace or at the University. We encourage you to film your teaching practice and receive feedback on your performance. This helps inform your teaching practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You also develop on-going action plans to address these issues in the form of portfolios.

Both full-time and part-time students are taught alongside each other on the course. This ensures that you are part of a larger group and will be able to share ideas and discuss issues with a range of different professionals.

The distance learning route runs parallel, using collaboration tools via the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard. You learn in action learning groups and use discussion forums and web portfolios to demonstrate your new knowledge. Social media helps bring you together with your peers to share comments and create a strong course community.

We provide tailored support to ensure you gain the most out of your course including one-to-one tutorial support. You are taught by an enthusiastic and multiprofessional course team passionate about high quality education for better patient care.

Professional recognition

When you successfully complete the postgraduate certificate you may receive Higher Education Agency (HEA) accreditation as Fellow or Associate Fellow - dependent on your role as an educator, which recognises your skills in teaching and learning to a national standard.

If you are a therapy radiographer, College of Radiographers approval has been applied for and further information will be given as this process reaches a conclusion.

**The postgraduate certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse Teacher. **You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

If you are an allied health professional then by completing a module in year one you can gain accreditation as a practice educator.

The course is mapped to AoME standards and COPDEND standards for doctors and dentists to use as evidence for continuing professional development.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You must have a

• health-related professional qualification with a minimum of three years post qualifying experience and experience in working alongside students in an educational capacity

• an honours degree or equivalent

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Nursing and Midwifery Council registration requirements

For registration as a nurse teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you must

• be on the NMC professional register

• have a recognised qualification in a specific field of practice

• hold a mentor qualification or suitable previous experience

• an honours degree or equivalent

• have support from your employer and access to a practice assessor

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – 18 months
Part-time – 3 years
Distance learning – 18 months - 3 years

Starts September

Typical modules may include

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The masters award (MSc) is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate certificate core modules

Introduction to healthcare education (30 credits)
This module introduces you to the evidence based theory needed to develop essential skills in learning, teaching and assessment (LTA). It helps you develop the essential knowledge base and skills required by healthcare professional bodies in relation to health or social care focused workplace education.

You also develop the skills needed to support and develop positive learning environments in your workplace, which have a direct impact on the quality of care and services for the public.

You gain skills in assessing and supporting students, as well as managing student underperformance from an educational perspective, particularly when safe care and service need to be assured. This module meets the accreditation criteria required by a variety of professional body/accreditation schemes, such as the practice educator role in the Allied Health Professions, and can be used as evidence to gain accreditation as an educator.

Advancing your healthcare education practice (30 credits)
This module helps you develop the skills to define, evaluate and lead positive learning environments in your workplace, which can have a direct impact on the quality of care for the public. You gain further skills in assessing and supporting learners and dealing with underperformance from an educational perspective, particularly when safe care and service need to be assured.

The module is highly interactive and introduces you to a range of teaching and assessment strategies. It also addresses innovations in healthcare education and other technology enhanced learning strategies to develop your educator practice.

Postgraduate diploma core modules

Interprofessional education for quality enhancement (15 credits)
In this module you are introduced to the key theories concerning interprofessional education (IPE) and quality enhancement.

You are supported to develop IPE activities that have a focus on improving services for the public. You work in interactive workshops with your peers, facilitated by a team of staff who have first-hand experience of developing national and internationally respected IPE.

You are also encouraged to develop a range of independent study skills to locate and use best evidence to inform your learning.

Research methods for practice (15 credits)
This module allows you to develop a critical understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and apply their use to specific healthcare scenarios. You are encouraged to critically appraise the appropriateness of a range of study designs and data collection and analysis methods, in relation to a specific research question(s).

Postgraduate diploma optional modules

30 credits from:

Developing simulation and human factors in education (15 credits)
In this module you are introduced to the key theories around simulation, and how this can link to human factors including education and awareness. You work towards designing, running and debriefing your own simulated exercise. You apply the theory to develop your critical understanding of simulation and human factors education in your workplace. You work in online interactive groups led by educators experienced in simulation and facilitated debriefing.

Simulation and human factors education are seen to have a direct impact on patient safety, allowing practitioners to rehearse for practise in a safe and controlled environment. The module is facilitated by an interprofessional team to help broaden your perspectives outside of your professional group.

Workplace mentoring (15 credits)
This module addresses mentoring relationships where there is not necessarily a hierarchy of experience, but where you might take on a traditional role of mentor as a guide, friend, or facilitator, often on a voluntary basis.

You gain skills that can be used across a range of mentoring relationships, as well as communication skills transferable to other aspects of your role. You are able to reflect on your own mentoring practice and potential service improvement within the context of your organisation.

Technology enhanced learning for healthcare education (15 credits)
In this module you are introduced to the key theories in the use and development of technology enhanced learning (TEL).

You are supported to develop aspects of, or a whole e-enabled learning object using open source software. You work in interactive workshops using the technology and are guided by a team of staff who have first-hand experience of developing open educational materials using open source software.

The module is facilitated by an interprofessional team to help broaden your perspectives outside of your professional group. You are encouraged to develop a range of independent study skills to locate and use best evidence to inform your learning.

This module is mapped to the Framework for Technology Enhanced Learning (Department of Health 2011) to ensure that technology in healthcare patient and service outcomes are identified within the following six key principles:
• patient centered and service driven
• educationally coherent
• innovative and evidence based
• deliver high quality educational outcomes
• deliver value for money
• ensure equity of access and quality of provision.

MSc

Dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation module is your opportunity to explore in depth an area of practice that warrants further investigation, and outputs of your work can have a positive impact on service delivery in your area.

You are supported and encouraged to develop a researchable question that is of both personal and professional relevance as an educator, and as much as possible, one that enables you to generate evidence that is of value to your own local practice and seeks to improve the service delivered.

As an independent piece of study, you are allocated a supervisor who supports and guides you through your study journey. While working on the dissertation you enhance and develop a number of skills that are transferrable into your working world.

Assessment Includes
  • work based learning
  • conference presentations
  • reflections
  • evaluations
  • assignments such as creation of simulations, online learning assets, observed teaching assessments
  • portfolio development

Employability

This course helps your career path in education and clinical practice. The ability to facilitate learning in others is an essential part of professional practice in modern healthcare settings.

Students from the medical professions use this course as part of their preparation for consultant posts. The course allows you to evidence and demonstrate educational leadership.

Nurse educators use this to gain recognition with the NMC as a nurse teacher. Others choose to enhance their career as part of a higher education team providing pre-registration nursing and midwifery education.

Dental trainers have used this course to enhance their eligibility in the support of dental trainees.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,300

Part-time – typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,400 for the course

Part-time – typically £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

International student

2016/17 academic year

Full-time and part-time – typically £12,500 for the course
Distance learning – typically £7,650 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Full-time and part-time – typically £13,250 for the course
Distance learning – typically £7,950 for the course

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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