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NPCG2031 Practice Experience 3

Module Overview

Placement 5

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The practice experience provides a work-based environment to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s. Modular learning outcomes tested 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

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate using a person-centred approach that recognises and respects service user/carer preferences
  • Use accurate skills of observation during assessment
  • Demonstrate safe and accurate use of diagnostic equipment or tests
  • Accurately interprets signs from assessment and respond appropriately
  • Evaluate care provided to improve clinical decision making, quality and care outcomes
  • Demonstrate achievement of core attributes


See the Aims and Learning Outcomes above.

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 time320

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2010) Essence of Care London: The Stationary Office.

Care Quality Commission (2010) Essential standards for quality and safety London: Care Quality Commission.

NMC (2015) The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives London: NMC.

NMC (2010) Standards for pre registration nursing education London: NMC.

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

FOHS-PL-PRE-REG Practice Learning Blackboard site.

Assessment of Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS).

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

Koubel G and Bungay H (2009). The challenge of person-centred care; an inter-professional perspective.. 

Suggested update on key policies and guidance. • Medicines Management Guidelines • Professional Appearance Policy • Rostering Students Clinical Hours Policy • Position Statement Supernumerary Status • Guidance for Students on Raising Concerns • Dual reporting of incidents in practice



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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

Students are responsible for the upfront costs of travel to and from their clinical placement area, which may or may not be claimed back from the NHS Student Bursaries Unit, depending on their residency status and individual financial circumstances.

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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