This is the first 20 credit module (HSC-7065D) of the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education. It can also be taken as a Health CPD credit only module, or can be taken as part of the Advanced Professional Practice programme. This module will introduce you to the underpinning educational theory and practice required to enhance your clinical education role, particularly as a clinical supervisor, practice assessor, or practice educator. It recognises the uniqueness of learning in clinical and practice settings and the importance of the role of the educator in facilitating learning which occurs in the context of client care. You will develop skills and experience professional socialisation which cannot readily be acquired elsewhere. The overall aim of the module is to provide you with a body of knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings. This will enable you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately to improve services. This module is relevant to all health and social care professionals who supervise/mentor students, other clinicians who teach in higher education, whether they are new to these roles or new to studying at Masters level. This module has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a route to prepare midwives and nurses for the roles of practice supervisor and practice assessor at Level 7.
This module advances your professional development by drawing on the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice. It reinforces the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a particular role.