Preparation for Mentors (Level 6) - 15 credits - NA

Course Code:
SPL6003
Duration:
Distance Learning , Short Course
Starting:
TBC
Campus:

This module will contribute to your development as a mentor and/or assessor by providing you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate learning and make judgements about the practice competency and proficiency of pre and post-registration health and social care students. The module embraces the standards laid down by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Placement learning is therefore essential for the education and preparation of future professional practitioners. Both professional regulatory bodies produce standards against which student performance must be measured to ensure that they are capable of safe, effective and proficient practice before they are eligible to apply for registration in their chosen profession. Rigorous and valid assessment of practice is therefore required.

For Nurses and Midwives, being an approved mentor is an NMC requirement if they are involved in the mentoring and assessing of pre and post registration students.

Why Choose Us?

Why choose us

  • Supportive team
  • Proactive and engaging teaching (through Moodle for distance learning)
  • Forum support and discussions  
  • Recognised UK qualification 
  • Build on knowledge 
  • Develop career

Credits

This course is worth...

15 credits

This course is not open to International students
Midwifery and social work

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UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded NA Oct 2017 DL TBC £250
SC TBC £250
Nov 2017 SC TBC £250
Jan 2018 SC TBC £250
Feb 2018 SC TBC £250
Mar 2018 DL TBC £250
SC TBC £250
Apr 2018 SC TBC £250
May 2018 SC TBC £250
Jun 2018 DL TBC £250
SC TBC £250

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded NA Oct 2017 DL TBC £250
SC TBC £250
Nov 2017 SC TBC £250
Jan 2018 SC TBC £250
Feb 2018 SC TBC £250
Mar 2018 DL TBC £250
SC TBC £250
Apr 2018 SC TBC £250
May 2018 SC TBC £250
Jun 2018 DL TBC £250
SC TBC £250

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Manager support form

The module requires the applicant to have a pre-registration student and mentor supervisor.  Applicants must ensure a Manager Support Form is completed by their Trust/Employer and sent to us.

Manager Support Form

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form below, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download the sponsorship agreement form and instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

This course is available part-time

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Level 6

This course can be studied face-to-face or via distance learning.

This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students via the forum, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team on your request.

The module covers the 8 domains as set out in the NMC Supporting learning and assessment in practice framework:

Building effective working relationships
Facilitating learning
Assessment, evaluation and accountability of learning
Teaching Evidenced Based practice within the context of professional practice
Developing effective learning environments
This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree

Learn more about our top-up degrees

Attendance

  • 3 days plus an optional day
  • For distance learning option attendance is not required as this course is studied online

Assessment

You will be assessed by one practice document and competences and one 2,000 word assignment.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Joanne Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Joanne's main focus is within teaching practice skills to students both pre and post reg. As an operating department practicion she has many years’ experience within the intraoperative environment across a range of specialities including Hepatic, Renal, ENT and General as well as in anaesthetic and recovery as a team leader and theatre manager

Joanne teaches within the Operating Department Practitioner programmes mainly within the skills weeks and as a mentor in practice and she has now taken that further and teach the mentorship programmes within the university setting.

She has a master’s in Education and teaches on the distance learning module principles of teaching in health and social care.  

Entry Requirements

You will be a registered nurse, midwife, or healthcare professional with one year's post-registration experience.

You will also need:

  • to experience the mentoring and practical assessment process for pre-registration students. Without undertaking this activity you cannot pass the module.
  • a workplace supervisor who is an experienced mentor.
  • five days protected learning time in practice agreed by your manager.
  • access to a computer connected to the internet.

Course dates

View our course date timetable below:

Mentor Preparation Programme Start Dates

Course Enquiries

For general course enquiries please contact Joanne Thomas:

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295