Work-based undergraduate (24 months)
January 2019, September 2018
Train as a nursing associate - a new role in the nursing workforce supporting registered nurses in primary, secondary, community and social care. You'll help to plan, coordinate and deliver care, and work to a nationally-recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of conduct.
Our course is delivered over 24 months, allowing you to attend face-to-face theory, directed learning activities and practice placements. This supports the development of a strong Community of Practice and role identity, an essential element in the development and implementation of a new professional role.
You'll spend over 50% of the course learning in a variety of practice settings, with support from a registered nurse who's undertaken further studies in order to provide mentorship.
The curriculum is divided into eight areas:
Assessment takes place in a number of settings: ‘in hospital’, ‘close to home’ and ‘at home’. The employer setting counts as one of these experiences for your first and final placements.
Our course follows both the Health Education England (HEE) Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework (2017) and the Nursing Associate Standard at Level 5. It's designed to widen access to higher education for new and existing band 1-4 healthcare workers; and support the development of knowledge and skills through flexible, practical work-based learning.
Our Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship offers an additional route to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), through a top-up Degree Apprenticeship in adult, child or mental health nursing with Anglia Ruskin University, with Accredited Prior Learning.
Each module has a theoretical and a practice-based assessment to meet the HEE Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework programme outcomes.
We'll assess you in a number of ways, including QMP multi-choice testing, written assignments, presentations, and an e-portfolio. Medicines calculations are also tested via electronic examination.
You'll also be assessed in practice during each module. A formative assessment at the mid-point of the placement provides feedback to you on your progress, and hel;ps to inform an action plan for continued learning. This is completed using an e-practice assessment document which you can access off- or online, with support from University staff if you need it.
The endpoint assessment to complete this Higher Apprenticeship has two elements.
1. A 60-minute observation including question and answer session as necessary. You'll be observed in the workplace and demonstrate skills, knowledge and behaviours in the following HEE Curriculum Framework areas:
2. A 90-minute professional discussion. We'll use scenarios to assess your skills, knowledge and behaviours in regard to the following HEE Curriculum Framework areas:
You will be working towards these competencies throughout the course, and time is built in to prepare you for the endpoint assessment.
Applications will be via a joint process with Anglia Ruskin University and the employer. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.
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