If you're a healthcare support worker working alongside registered healthcare professionals, or are engaged in voluntary work, this course can improve your knowledge and skills.
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You may extend your clinical skills and also identify and develop your understanding of the theory underpinning practice. The course has been developed in consultation with senior managers and employers within health and social care in order to meet the education and training requirements of assistants/support workers across all health and social care services and can lead to employment as an assistant practitioner. It offers a range of modules to support your continuing personal and professional development, wherever you work in health, social or community care. Throughout the programme you are supported by a practice mentor and academic tutor.
Options currently available (subject to demand): Radiography, Adult Nursing, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Rehabilitation, Long-term Conditions and Perioperative Care.The programme is delivered at both Teesside and Darlington campus. Some specialist routes can only be accessed at Teesside such as perioperative care and radiography.
Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) (England)
Our FdSc Health and Social Care Practice has been mapped against the Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) (England) framework and the University has been successful in securing funding to deliver places on this programme through the Higher Apprenticeship Scheme. As a higher apprentice you study exactly the same programme but funding is available to support part of the tuition fee through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). To be eligible for a place under the Higher Apprenticeship Scheme you require an apprenticeship agreement with your employer. It is advisable to discuss this with your training department or person responsible in your organisation for authorising staff training and development. The full course fee is £7,900 and the SFA cover 50% of the fees so the total employer contribution is £3,950.
You develop the foundations of your current practice by developing the rationale underpinning your practice and go on to develop your skills and understanding promoting evidence based practice. Subjects you study include knowledge and theories which inform practice such as consent and confidentiality, communication skills, infection control, anatomy and pathophysiology and more specialist skills and knowledge relating to care management. You also undertake a module which develops your study skills and provides an introduction to learning in the University. Core and option modules reflect the workplace/practice setting you are in.
You follow one of the following routes:
We help you choose the most appropriate route and options. You choose option modules in collaboration with your employer/sponsor and an appropriate academic tutor to ensure that they reflect the skills and knowledge required within your work/practice role/setting. Option modules are available in subjects such as nursing practice, long-term conditions, perioperative care, dementia care, rehabilitation, mental health, learning disabilities, public health and occupational health. Further options may be available.
If you work within a health and social care setting you can develop foundation knowledge of human anatomy, the underlying physiology and relate this to the pathophysiology of disease. You focus on the concept of homeostasis and changes associated with disease. You learn through a systems approach with the emphasis on relating pathological concepts across the body systems.
This is a 60-credit competency-based practice module - it provides 50% of the Level 1 credit. You will be able to observe and demonstrate the safe practice of core competencies associated with your work setting.
You develop a range of skills to support your academic studies. These skills range from basic IT skills through to high-level information retrieval. The module has embedded NHS IT Skills Pathway and the NHS E-Learning IT Essentials (ELITE) modules.
This module will introduce you to the concept of evidence-based practice. It will include a basic overview of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The module will allow you to develop skills in basic critical analysis of individual research studies.
You will explore issues surrounding using evidence-based practice and discover key concepts in lectures.
Skills in critical analysis of research papers are developed during seminar activities. In addition to this you will be able to develop key skills in critical thinking, academic writing, information retrieval and interpretation of statistics. Some open learning materials will be used to support you during the module.
The module assessment is in two parts. Assignment one is a 500 word essay that interprets a small amount of statistical data. Assignment two is a detailed critique (maximum 2,500 words) of a research study that you have selected.
This is a 60-credit competency-based practice module – it provides 50% of the programme credits at level 2. In year 2 you will build on your existing knowledge and skills to advance your practice and competencies, demonstrated through your portfolio of evidence.
Modules offered may vary.
In Year 1 you attend the University one day a week. You share your learning experiences with students from other care settings. The programme has a strong bias towards work-based/work-related learning and you are expected to use your experiences to fulfil work-based activities and inform your academic development. Additionally, there are modules which enable you to undertake learning in the workplace and develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skill development.
The learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work, IT skills laboratory. The programme is supported by the use of a virtual learning environment that allows you to continue to engage with the learning and tutors whilst in the workplace.
Each module is assessed individually, using a variety of methods including assignments, presentations, examinations and work-based portfolios. You have access to a wide range of support including personal tutors, academic tutors and work-based mentors/supervisors who support you and guide you through the range of assessments.
To attain the foundation degree award you must complete core modules from one of the two core routes at Level 4 and level 5, together with modules from the options to give a total of 240 credits.
On successful completion of the course you can seek employment as associate or assistant practitioners. There may also be opportunity for progression to an honours degree course or relevant pre-registration healthcare programmes if the competency route has been completed.
Applicants should normally:
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section