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Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice

Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice

Non-credit bearing (mentorship)

Course aim

Nurses and midwives who successfully complete this programme will be awarded an NMC validated mentorship qualification. This will allow you to be recorded as a stage 2 mentor. As you will be aware, there are new NMC standards for mentorship this year but this award will help you prepare for the new roles of supervisor and assessor so is still very valuable and current.

The course is very focused on teaching, learning and assessment in any area of clinical practice so aims to meet the needs of all health professions.

This CPD module will enable you to develop your approach to supporting and assessing learning in practice and apply the best evidence in practice to promote the development of yourself and others.

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £640.

Course structure

A variety of teaching 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 and online activities. Regular feedback either face-to-face in class or via email or tutorial appointments will support students with the development of their portfolio.


3 full days at LJMU's Tithebarn Building, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool.

Use of the virtual learning environment (Canvas) supports classroom sessions with links to reading and online activities.

Students are strongly advised to attend all sessions and at least one of the support sessions.

Course content

This multi-professional course uses current research and literature to cover tcover topics such as student support in practice, facilitation of learning and assessment and creating opportunities and an environment for learning:

  • communication methods and working relationships with students and with the inter-professional 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. Classroom and online 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. Though the new roles of supervisor and assessor have not yet been finalised, this course will enable practitioners to make a smooth transition to these new roles.

Assessment is by submission of a portfolio. Though there are no credits attached to the module, the NMC require that work is written at level 5. The academic component consists of 3 small (500 word) reflections. The portfolio consists of the reflections, and evidence to demonstrate the NMC domains and learning outcomes of the module have been met. In addition students are assessed in practice and need to evidence 30 hours of mentoring activity and reflection via a reflective log.

Entry requirements

In order to be accepted onto this course, you should:

  • be a health professional supporting learners in practice
  • have been on your professional register for a minimum of 9 months
  • have the support of a mentor in practice who will assess you
  • have access to learners in your clinical area for the duration of the course

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

Study dates

November 2019 - see timetable

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting undergraduate from the Level of Entry drop down. If your employer is only approving funding for the non credit bearing module, it may be possible to do a credit bearing module and self fund the small difference to do the module which carries either level 6 or level 7 credits.

If this interests you then please look at the factfiles for Mentorship in Healthcare Practice and be aware of the different attendance schedule and assessment requirements.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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