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HLTH6129 Work Based Learning

Module Overview

You will be given or will develop a learning contract based on your specific needs and area of clinical practice. A contract can be: • Set A set contract contains prescribed outcomes which have been developed and agreed following discussion between the clinical manager and the module leader and you are required to use them. • Individual For these contracts you write your own outcomes with the support of your academic advisor and the WBL module leader. You will then discuss and agree these outcomes with your manager. You will be required to identify a mentor in practice to support you in the achievement of your learning outcomes. The tripartite relationship between you, your practice supporters (manager, mentor and cohort lead) and your academic supporters (academic advisor and module lead) is crucial in ensuring that the learning outcomes are appropriate and achievable. All contracts are scrutinised by the module lead to ensure that they guide students in achieving the appropriate academic level. Special conditions/prerequisites The development of a learning contract is a course completion requirement for this module. The learning contract will either be a set contract or an individual contract (see learning outcomes section). For those on an individual learning contract you must submit a finalised learning contract within one month of the start date of the module. The finalised contract must be signed by your manager and submitted with your summative assignment(s). You must be working in a health or social care environment with support from your manager and/or a practice facilitator/mentor. You need to ensure that you have your manager’s support to enable you to complete the module and your manager or your mentor needs to acknowledge that your learning contract is relevant to your practice. You will require: • Ability and motivation to work independently. • Skills in accessing evidence from a range of sources. • Skills in identifying your own learning needs. • IT skills and the confidence to use a range of technologies including email. If you are embarking on level 7 for the first time you are strongly advised not to use this as your first module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is designed to offer you a flexible and practice-related approach to learning; it will enable you to gain academic credit for knowledge and skills acquired and developed in your workplace. Through a negotiated learning contract and assignment method you will appraise a topic within your sphere of practice and evaluate your current practice in light of the findings. It will provide the opportunity for personal and professional development as part of a master’s programme or as continuing professional development.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

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There is no taught content within the module as it is designed to offer practitioners an innovative and flexible approach to learning; one that is embedded in their practice. You are expected to: • Demonstrate skills of evidence-based practice, reflection and appraisal commensurate with the level at which you are studying. • Demonstrate knowledge of a topic commensurate with level 7 academic study. • Seek out and use feedback from colleagues and academic supporters proactively. • Take responsibility for identifying your own learning needs and seek help as required. This module can be undertaken by practitioners from any health or social care discipline.

Special Features

This module is designed to offer you a flexible and practice-related approach to learning; it will enable you to gain academic credit for knowledge and skills acquired and developed in your workplace. The development of a learning contract is a course completion requirement for this module. The learning contract will either be a set contract or an individual contract (see learning outcomes section).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Induction You will be provided with online resources to enable you to understand the following: • The module philosophy and purpose. The module delivery is based on a philosophy of adult learning and you are required to: o Identify a practice mentor who will support you in the achievement of your learning outcomes o Create opportunities at work that will enable you to achieve your outcomes. o Manage your time and regulate your activities effectively so that you achieve your aim, learning outcomes and academic assignment. • The roles and responsibilities of students, the module lead, cohort leads, managers, mentors and academic advisors • The processes which support you when you are completing the module • Drafting of learning contract (or exploration of set contract) The following will be responsible for providing on-going support: The WBL Blackboard site is an online resource for a range of materials including videos, learning activities, exemplars and discussion with fellow students. An academic advisor will be allocated to assist development of your learning contract and provide appropriate academic support. The module leader can answer queries via email and will provide support with writing learning outcomes and achieving the academic level required. Your cohort leader (for those with set contracts) will be an important source of support, particularly with practice-based study opportunities. Your practice manager and/or mentor will be an important source of support within your practice.

Work based learning35
Wider reading or practice139
Completion of assessment task70
Project supervision6
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Aveyard H & Sharp P (2009). A beginner’s guide to evidence- based practice in health and social care. 

Bick D (2010). Evaluating the impact of implementing evidence-based practice. 

Holly C (2012). Comprehensive systematic review for advanced nursing practice. 

Kent B (2010). Clinical context for evidence-based nursing practice. 

Aveyard H, Sharp P, & Woolliams M (2011). Beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care. 

Aveyard H (2010). Doing a literature review in health and social care a practical guide. 

Price B (2010). Critical thinking and writing for nursing students. 


Assessment Strategy

Level 7 10 ECTS – the chosen assessment method(s) must be equivalent to 3500 words. The assessment method can comprise a mixture of assignments. The chosen method of assignment will usually be pre-determined for those on SET contracts. For those on INDIVIDUAL contracts the assignment method(s) can be decided by you but should be negotiated with your practice-based manager, your academic advisor and the module lead to ensure relevance and appropriateness. The chosen assignment method(s) should be clearly presented on the finalised learning contract. All parts of the assignment must be passed with a minimum mark of 50% for graded assignments. Exam assessments are NOT permitted. Examples of potential assessment methods are as follows: • A strategy document • A business plan • A change management project report or proposal • A clinical or practice guideline • An economic evaluation • An Investigation of an incident or complaint • A presentation to a Trust board or sub committee • A professional conversation • A ‘conference’ poster and supporting paper • An educational package • An academic essay of 3,500 words NB: In exceptional circumstances, where undertaking an assessment that varies in some way from the three options outlined above would be helpful to the student and/or their practice setting, variations to the above can be negotiated. In such cases, for those on SET contracts only, this should be negotiated and agreed between the module lead, the practice lead and the academic advisor. The agreed assessment must still fulfil the requirement of equivalence with 3,500 words exclusive of any appendices. Note that, whichever option is chosen, must be passed and is a final assessment.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3500 words) 100%
Oral presentation and a written assignment %
Practice competency document and Assignment %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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