Teaching and assessment
The teaching and learning approaches in the programme are designed to draw on the students’ current experiences and encourage the application of newly acquired knowledge to practice through shared learning. This includes promoting a high standard of assessment and clinical decision making for safe prescribing by relating research/evidence based theory to practice.
There is an enquiry-based focus to the curriculum, but other student-centred activities include:
- Case studies
- Small group work
- Action learning sets
- Student presentations
Supervised consultations with service users in practice- and clinically-focused tutorials
It is through the variety of student-centred activities that all students will develop the skills to critique and synthesise ideas, evaluate and reframe arguments and apply the knowledge to clinical practice. The ability of the student to be able to evaluate the evidence base for prescribing practice is a core theme that runs throughout the programme.
To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the university and our practice partners to prescribing education, the personal tutor, module tutors and designated medical practitioners (DMP) will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement, and will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress, the acquisition of skills and the integration of knowledge into practice.
The use of technology enhanced learning and information technology skills will be taught and developed throughout the programme to enable students to access information to maximise their learning; enabling them to succeed within the modern workplace. This will include making maximum use of our Virtual Learning Environment. An essential part of the teaching and learning associated with the programme will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a DMP and facilitated by their personal tutor.
Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber/lead midwife for education or supplementary prescriber within allied health who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the programme. This will provide a platform of transition into prescribing practice with the support of an experienced mentor, forged upon a partnership developed during the programme.
Teaching contact hours
Contact hours in a typical week may vary. However, typically you will have up to 6 contact hours of teaching a week and this will break down as:
Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal study: 4-6 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.