Course details

Next course date

March and September

Duration

2 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

One day per week at the University

Course description

This programme is aimed at individuals entering the Assistant Practitioner role, looking to develop their skills beyond those of the traditional Healthcare Support worker. Entrants will come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the breadth of the health and social care workforce. The programme has been developed to reflect key policies shaping the workforce, the NHS, Health and Social Care sectors today with the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users. The programme has been developed through close consultation and collaboration with employers and is directly linked to the delivery of care in practice.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

Our assessment approaches are varied and include poster presentations, exam, essays, assignments, case based discussions and practical skills assessments.

Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nurse education. They have professional interests across children’s, mental health learning disability nursing as well as Occupational therapy and science.

Your Programme Leader, Julia Woodland, has 25 years’ experience as Registered Nurse (Adult) as well as being a qualified teacher for over 10 years.

Core Modules

  • Personal and professional development for Nursing Associates
  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan
  • Communication and Working in Teams
  • Promoting Health and Independence

 

Student selected modules (choose two from)

  • Providing and Monitoring Nursing Care
  • Integrated Theory and Practice
  • Work based Project
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Science and Technology of Imaging
  • Imaging Practice
  • Introduction to Computed Tomography

Core Modules

  • Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Patient centred care for complex health needs
  • Leading and Integrating care

 

Student selected modules (choose two from)

  • Assuring quality and safety of care
  • Applied Theory and Practice
  • Medicines Management
  • Work Based project
  • Falls and Frailty
  • Listen without Prejudice
  • Developing Imaging Practice
  • Diagnostics and the Patient Journey
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging For Assistant Practitioners

Benefits

First-class facilities in Derby and Chesterfield

You can take this course at our Derby Campus or our new Chesterfield Campus. Both offer outstanding learning environments including clinical skills suites built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest clinical resources.


An exciting new addition is a state-of-the-art Immersive Suite which creates a simulated environment for practising your skills in a realistic setting. The first university facility of its kind outside London, the suite replicates the atmosphere, sights and sounds of, for instance, the inside of an ambulance, a busy A&E ward or an operating theatre so you can gain a greater understanding of clinical decision-making in action. Immersive suites are available at both campuses.

In tune with latest developments

This course is closely mapped against the needs of employers, which will ensure that your learning is up to date and relevant. In delivering the programme, we respond to national changes such as latest government policies. As a result, some of the information about the course may change.
As health care is increasingly delivered by multi professional teams, we offer opportunities at each stage of the course for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for your patients.

 

Entry requirements

Apprentices do not need Maths/English at the start of the course. However some employers may insist on this for them to support their candidate.
If apprentices do not have Maths/English they must achieve this by the end of the programme in order to gain the apprenticeship qualification and to ensure they are funded.

Individual employers will also set their own selection criteria and typical entry requirements and we will work with them concerning entry.

To apply for this apprenticeship you must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Interview information

Fees and funding

Employers

Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £12,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.

Apprentices

Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

For more information call +44 (0)800 001 5500 or email apprenticeships@derby.ac.uk

Applications to this apprenticeship must be made through the employer. If you are an individual who is not yet employed within this sector, you may find the following links useful:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/wider-healthcare-team/roles-wider-healthcare-team/clinical-support-staff/assistant-practitioner

https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/your-career/hca/assistant-practitioner

Empower your workforce with block bookings

Take advantage of a short courses block booking to upskill your employees. Our short courses run on-campus and online and include new legislation and other up-to-the-minute issues. Get in touch today and we will tailor a package to meet the needs of your business.

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Who will teach you

Julia Woodland
Programme leader

As a Lecturer in the Pre-qualifying Healthcare team, Julia Woodland is responsible for the teaching of students on the Foundation Degree for Assistant Practitioners and Nurse Associates.

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Contact us

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Apprenticeship Hub apprenticeships@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)800 001 5500

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Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Optional costs not included in your fees

Professional NMC membership required to practice. More details can be found on the NMC website.

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