This course prepares you for the role of practice assessor and practice supervisor, and can be studied with or without academic credit, according to your study and workforce needs. On completion, you will be eligible to register as a Practice Assessor.
1 starting date
- Duration: 12 weeks (unconfirmed)
- Fees: £1,080 (£1,430 for overseas students)
- Course credits: 15
- Course code: CH3010
- Location: Online
- Application deadline:
Supervising and Assessing in Healthcare practice (online) Course overview
The course will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required of those who educate and develop others within healthcare or social care settings, and formally assess their progress.
This course has been designed to complement the NMC 2019 document: Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment.
This course is similar to previous CPPD Mentorship in Practice courses but is now also designed to help you develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become a competent Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor.
Who is it for?
The course is relevant to registered nurses, midwives and other allied healthcare professionals who want to gain registration as a Practice Assessor of student nurses and midwives. This online course offers you the flexibility to study in your own time, regardless of your shift pattern.
This course consists of an introductory week and five seminars.
Introduction: Friday 26 May 2023
Seminar 1: The Culture and Context of Learning in Practice
Friday 9 June 2023
Seminar 2: Contemporary Learning Theories
Friday 23 June 2023
Seminar 3: Coaching in a Healthcare Setting
Wednesday 5 July 2023
Seminar 4: Assessing Learners and Giving Effective Feedback
Friday 21 July 2023
Seminar 5: Self-evaluation and Dealing with Difficult Circumstances
Friday 4 August 2023
For each of the seminars, allow a working day to complete the learning activities. As the work is asynchronous (you and your tutor do not have to be online at the same time) you are not restricted to exact days or times for any these activities.
The module leader has set up drop-in synchronous tutorials on the dates above. Participants would be recommended to seek some time away from clinical areas to attend these however, attendance to these drop-in sessions is entirely optional, but they do tend to help participants feel more involved in their studies.
You will then have a number of weeks to work with your learners and complete a practice diary before its submission deadline.
Assessment Submission: Monday 4 September 2023
On completion, you will be eligible to register as a Practice Assessor, and depending on your workload, you can decide if you want to work towards Level 6 credits.
What will I learn?
On successful completion of this course, you will be expected to be able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of quality standards and effective learning environments through writing and discussion.
- Discuss the importance of effective documentation in underpinning effective decision-making in mentorship practice.
- Analyse the importance of inter-professional teamwork and communication to create a safe and effective working and learning climate.
- Critically reflect on personal educational practices using relevant contemporary educational theories.
- Select appropriate assessment strategies and provide rationales for their use in practice settings.
- Plan learning contracts in line with student learning needs, progress, competence and professional conduct in relation to predetermined criteria (e.g. professional standards).
- Negotiate, plan and evaluate learning activities relevant to identified needs and the practice context.
- Demonstrate skills of giving effective feedback for future learning both verbally and in writing.
- Communicate professional knowledge to promote learning in practice settings.
- Utilise a range of assessment and evaluation methods.
- Critically reflect on the process of working collaboratively within your supervisor or assessor role, as required.
Values and attitudes:
- Model a commitment to promoting and supporting best practice in the context of client safety, professional accountability and recognising the boundaries of competence.
- Evaluate the importance of non-discriminatory practice and the recognition of equality and diversity.
- Practice according to the relevant code of professional conduct.
Assessment and certificates
There are two aspects to teaching and learning on this course. The exclusively online theoretical aspect will enable you to explore and reflect on topics relevant to the facilitation of learner development in healthcare practice, such as:
- theories of learning and assessment
- principles of coaching
- the learning context of your own practice area
- managing challenging situations
- effective provision of feedback
In your practice setting, you will then apply what you have learned online under the guidance of a nominated supervisor.
As the majority of the work on this course is online and asynchronous, you will have freedom over when you study.
Assessments and Awards
You will be required to fill in a practice diary for the duration of the course. Once successfully completed, you will be awarded with a certificate of completion, and you will be eligible for registration as a Practice Assessor.
There is an added, optional 2000-word essay that, on successful completion, will also award you with 15 credits at BSc level (Level 6). It should be made clear to the module leader during the module if you wish to complete this additional assessment or not.
This module is worth either 0 credits or 15 credits at Level 6 (depending on whether you have chosen to complete the optional 2,000-word essay).
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.
Required: This course is only suitable for registered allied health professionals (nurses, midwives, health visitors, social workers, occupational therapists, etc.).
Desirable: It will help if you have had some informal experience of supervising students already.
If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:
- A first degree from a UK university
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America.
- International English Language Test Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
- TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking
- Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.
The tutor will suggest material during the class.