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Mentor Preparation for the Health Professions - non-credit bearing - Distance Learning

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This module offers preparation for any healthcare professional who wishes to take up a role in the planning and facilitation of learning and the management of a fair and effective assessment of others in the practice area. This includes the role of mentor, practice supervisor and practice assessor for students undertaking placements. Please note that you do not need to have a student on placement in your practice area to complete this module.

This module is also available to study at Level 7 (Distance Learning)

Who the module is aimed at

Nurses, midwives (one year of qualifying experience required) AND other health care professionals.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

This distance learning module enables you to learn at home without having to travel for any taught sessions. You will also have five days of protected study time for your learning needs. An exciting and interactive learning package will be utilised to enable you to progress through the learning outcomes. Planned communication through the virtual learning environment here at SHU will take place with both peers and your academic advisor. Successful completion of the module requires the submission of a practice portfolio. As this module is non-credit bearing an assignment is NOT required.

For nurses and midwives, evidence from successful completion of this module can also be used for NMC revalidation requirements. The module also assists nurses in the journey towards achieving sign-off mentor status through the use of two sign-off simulation assessments. Midwives will be required to meet the full sign-off requirements in order to successfully complete.

What you learn

The aim of this module is to enable you to become proficient in the planning and delivery of facilitated learning as well as the management of assessment.

Areas covered

  • Establishing effective working relationships which empower the learner
  • Facilitate learning
  • Assessment and accountability
  • Evaluation of learning
  • Create an effective learning environment
  • Context of practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council: Standards for Education and Training (2018) including the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor.

Professional recognition

Nurses successfully completing this module will:

  • be fully prepared to take up the role of mentor
  • have successfully completed 2 simulated sign-off scenarios and therefore only require one further episode in practice to become a sign-off mentor.
  • have met the NMC requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor as described in the NMC Standards for Education and Training (2018). Please note that your employer and partner university will make the final decision on who will take up these roles and additional preparation may be agreed at a local level.

Midwives successfully completing this module will:

  • be fully prepared to take up the role of sign-off mentor.

Members of other healthcare professions successfully completing this module will have met the requirements of the Health Care Professions Council: Standards for Education and Training (2017). This module is therefore suitable for allied health professionals working in educational roles within the practice setting.

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding as well as the skills and attributes that will enhance your academic achievement, improve your success in the world of work and underpin your future career progression. You will also develop more confidence and skill in eLearning technology which is increasingly utilised by employers and universities for CPD. For nurses and midwives, this module is also recognised as evidence of prior learning towards the Practice Teacher Award.

Unique or interesting features

A structured and interactive virtual learning package will support a range and variety of eLearning sources as well as opportunity for regular online discussion with other students and teachers.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Run time Environment (JRE) 7 or newer

Fees and Funding for 2020/21

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £475

International students: This module is not open to international applicants


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants must:

    • Hold current registration with either the NMC or the HCPC.

    • Have at least one year of qualifying experience.

    • Have prior experience of successful independent study towards a significant piece of work e.g. dissertation or similar.

    • Have the support of their employers to achieve the NMC requirement of 5 days for protected academic learning.

    • Have an IELTS score of 7.0 (if English is not your first language) with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

    • Must either have internet access at home or agreed protected internet access at place of work in an environment which is conducive to 37.5 hours of study.

    Applicants must also have the following IT skills:

    • Confident use of email including the sending of attachments.

    • Confident use of files and folders to organise online documents.

    • Ability to cut and paste within documents.

    • Ability to send internet links within a document or an email.

    • A willingness to engage in online communication with peers and teachers via different media hosted by SHU and other sources (guidance and support will be given).

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    For more information on start dates please contact the Module Leader.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Practice Portfolio

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Cate Johnson - or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2372

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