This course is vocationally driven and aimed at health and social care practitioners who are seeking a qualification to consolidate and inform their practice-based role in teaching and assessing.
Lead Clinical Educator, DCHS NHS Trust
"Following the Practice Teacher Course at Nottingham I have changed several aspects in regards to my preparation, delivery and evaluation of the educational programmes I currently develop and deliver.
- The changes to the preparation are mainly around acknowledging existing knowledge of participants in the groups. This has been quite difficult to achieve as my audience are often from a mixed inter professional background with a diverse clinical knowledge base. Although there is an expectation in the case of clinical skill acquisition that they are all required to be at the same level when they have completed the training from a competency point of view. Identifying individual’s strengths and challenges enables me to focus more on their knowledge/practice gaps and actually improve the flow of the sessions for everyone.
- Identifying individual learning styles informed my style of teaching. Subsequent evaluations of the numerous clinical skill sessions I deliver all showed the participants preferred to learn via a variety of methods. Predominantly, in order of preference, a theoretical session followed by a demonstration of the skill by the facilitator and then each given the opportunity to be supervised in a practice/simulation session was favoured. By completing this evaluation, where a clinical skill is involved, I am confident their style of learning is met. Although, I am conscious there will always be individuals who would not agree. However, when teaching a large group of staff, realistically this can be difficult to achieve.
- Prior to the course I had not realised fully the value of constructive feedback and the effect this has on individuals further learning and approach to their education. During individual assessments of clinical skills, if given feedback at the time participants are able to adjust/correct practice. In scenario based sessions however, i.e. Scenarios within Care of the Acutely Ill Patient, feedback is found to be better at the end. This enables the groups to look at how individuals work together, what could be improved or done differently to achieve a better outcome."
"The transition from advanced practitioner to clinical educator is known to be difficult and I am no exception. This course has been an invaluable experience, helping me to begin to understand my role as a clinical educator. I am continuing to develop this role in my daily practice. This has been a very inspiring course and I am hoping to return to Nottingham University and enhance my qualifications in Education to Masters level in the future. I would recommend this course without hesitation to any senior clinician involved in any form of clinical education.
My role as a clinical educator involves teaching of both practical as well as theoretical skills to my colleagues. As a result of this course I am much more aware of different style of teaching and learning. This enables me to vary my teaching much to the satisfaction of myself and my students. The feedback I receive about my teaching is more positive following the course, indicating that my students are learning more and enjoying their experience. I find it much easier now to maintain the weekly in-service programme as it seems to be perceived by us all as a much more positive part of the working week."
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2014/15.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.
Career prospects and employability
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.