Clinical Practice Students

Mentorship in Healthcare Practice


Mentorship in Healthcare Practice (MSLAP) Taught and Online

Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

This masters level module will enable you to:

  • develop your approach to supporting and assessing learning in practice
  • apply the best evidence in practice to promote the development of self and others
Course length

The course is delivered over one 15 week semester and has 30 hours of teaching either face-to-face or via the virtual learning environment (Canvas).

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £767.

Course structure

A variety of methods are utilised and include lectures, group work, and reflective discussion. Engagement with online materials is essential. Videos and presentations using ‘Panopto’ are available to all students in addition to directed reading, a discussion board for online students and regular feedback either face-to-face in class or online.

Work based learning activities are embedded into the module.

In addition students will have full access to all learning resources via the Avril Robarts Library.


Students on the taught version of the course are expected to attend 7 classroom sessions. Online students attend one introductory session in the university to meet the lecturers and be orientated to the virtual learning environment (Canvas). The rest of the course is delivered by distance-learning online.

Course content

This multiprofessional course uses current research and literature to cover the topics of mentorship, facilitation of learning and student support;

  • Communication methods and working relationships with students and with the interprofessional team are examined
  • Equality, diversity and the supporting of students with additional needs are embedded into the syllabus
  • Learning theories and styles, teaching strategies and lesson planning are all discussed and explored together with the principles of assessment and accountability
  • Students also examine developing the clinical learning environment, and leadership in relation to the learner
  • All classroom activities are strongly linked to the students’ practice as a mentor. Where appropriate sign-off mentor preparation is covered
  • Nurses and midwives who successfully complete this programme will be awarded an NMC validated mentorship qualification. This will allow them to be recorded as a stage 2 mentor

Assessment is done by electronic submission of a portfolio. This portfolio consists of critical reflections, an academic essay and an online test. In addition students are assessed in practice and need to evidence 50 hours of mentoring activity and reflection in practice via a reflective log.

Online students will complete a series of compulsory online tasks that build towards this portfolio and will also complete the reflective log and Practice Assessment Document.

All students who are accepted onto the module will need the support of a mentor in practice who will assess them.

Entry requirements

To be considered for this Level 7 module, applicants must;

  • be a health professional supporting learners in practice
  • have been on the relevant professional register for a minimum of 9 months
  • be able to demonstrate learning which enables access onto Level 7 programmes. This is most likely to be recent academic study at Level 6
  • have access to learners in practice for the duration of the module to ensure 50 hours of mentoring activity

It is essential that those opting to study online have access to a computer at home and will need a good level of computer literacy.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development course can be studied within the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) award framework or as a single CPD.

Study dates

October 2019 - see timetable

March 2020 - see timetable

The online version runs once a year in October.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD courses for health professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER
T: 0151 231 5829

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