The University of Southampton

NPCG2034 Practice Experience (4)

Module Overview

This is the 4th practice learning placement in the PGDip Programme and is assessed at level 5. 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. Core attributes and specified essential skills and competencies must be achieved in each practice experience. Required mandatory skills will be identified in your skills log and their practise must be verified in this log.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with others appropriate to situation report in a clear concise manner
  • interact effectively with others giving and receiving information. develop efficient professional working relationships
  • act with increasing autonomy.
  • take responsibility in the planning and delivery of care with minimum direction.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to assess service users care needs, safely prioritize and manage your workload.
  • articulate reasons for prioritisation of care choices
  • provide a personalised approach to care and accurately identify changing care needs and respond appropriately
  • demonstrate safe and effective practice in medicines administration and management
  • demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical frameworks relating to safe administration of medicines in practice.
  • give a verbal report of service users care needs at handover to demonstrate appropriate and safe professional communication skills in practice
  • demonstrate achievement of core attributes
  • demonstrate ability to safely calculate medicine doses


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

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 practice learning 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 time360

Resources & Reading list

Essence of Care.

Standards for pre registration nursing education. 

The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Procedures.

Assessment of Learning in Practice Settings website.

The NMC Code for Nurses and Midwives.

Essential standards for quality and safety. 

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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