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NPCG1022 Practice Experience (2)

Module Overview

This is the 2nd practice learning placement in the PGDip Programme and is assessed at level 4. It is an NMC progression point.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The practice experience provides a work-based experience to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s and work towards achieving NMC competencies by the end of the programme. Modular learning outcomes must be achieved in each practice experience. These will be demonstrated through a practice based assessment. Some of these learning outcomes will become core attributes and will be tested in each subsequent practice experience. In addition, specified essential skills and competencies must be achieved in each practice experience.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicates effectively with others appropriate to situation
  • communicates effectively in an appropriate format producing documentation that is safe, accurate, well organised and comprehensive
  • establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with the health care team
  • Is able to act with limited autonomy under direction or supervision of others within defined guidelines.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to engage with people and build caring professional relationships using effective communication and interpersonal skills, always respecting professional boundaries
  • demonstrate active listening skills through use of appropriate nonverbal communication skills
  • demonstrate effective listening by responding in an appropriate way to a range of communication cues.
  • use a variety formats to produce clear, concise and complete records, using appropriate professional language to document care whilst applying the principles of data protection.
  • describe and demonstrate application of the principles of confidentiality in professional practice
  • demonstrate achievement of core attributes
  • demonstrate your ability to calculate drug dosages


Each practice learning placement is supported by the electronic assessment of practice portfolio (eAOPP). This gives a clear indication of the learning requirements for each placement.

Special Features

You will undertake all statutory and mandatory skills training prior to placement. During all practice modules students are able to identify and individualise their learning needs alongside the NMC and University requirements of the placement, as outlined in the eAOPP. In negotiation with your mentor, you may identify additional visits or learning experiences, including multi-professional learning opportunities, whilst you are in placement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practice experience is supported by direct supervision from mentors and other professionals. Although you have supernumerary status you are expected to be involved in direct care. Opportunities exist in each practice experience for you to arrange additional experiences to meet your learning needs. Further support is provided through discussion of practice experiences and specific case scenarios during Learning Group meetings with peers and academic tutors.

Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Taylor, B. (2010). Reflective practice for healthcare professionals: a practical guide. 

Faculty of Health Sciences (2008). Absence reporting procedures. 

Standards for pre registration nursing education. 

Assessment of Learning in Practice Settings website.

Essential standards for quality and safety. 

Local policies for absence reporting, uniform policy where student is in placement should also be followed.. 

Childs, L.L., Coles, L. and Marjoram, B. (2009). Essential Skills Clusters for Nursing: Theory for Practice. 

Essence of Care.

Faculty of Health Sciences (2009). Uniform Policy Southampton. 

The NMC Code for Nurses and Midwives.

Standards for medicines management.



Clinical practice


MethodPercentage contribution
NMC competencies %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

The funding to support student learning in practice is negotiated by the Faculty as part of the Practice Partner Agreement with Health Education Wessex and our practice learning partners across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. If you are an NHS commissioned student who has to undertake a practice placement you may be entitled to have the cost of journeys between your term-time residence and the practice placement site (which is not part of your University), reimbursed. Practice placement involves training in hospitals or community health services rather than a classroom. The daily cost of travel to the practice placement site must be greater than the normal daily travel cost from your term-time residence to college. You are advised to contact NHS Bursary if you need to clarify your eligibility to claim for travel expenses. You can obtain further information about practice learning and travel costs on the pre-registration programmes Blackboard site:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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