Online – The course will utilise a blended learning approach. Students will be encouraged to work through online learning materials, which will be sent out 4 weeks prior to the course.
Attended – An intensive 1 day attended session, (8 hours including lunch), will include a variety of teaching methods, including group activities, formal teaching and practical work.
Formative Reflection – High quality feedback has been shown to improve student work, and formative assessment is an accepted and validated method of increasing student performance. This programme will require the student to submit four reflective pieces of 1000 words on their assessment of episodes of wound care. Reflecting on one’s practice is viewed by the registering bodies, such as the HCPC and NMC as leading to critical insight into past actions and events and taking a considered look at the emotions, experiences, actions, and responses, and using that information to add to their expertise and reach a higher level of understanding. Formative feedback of the reflections will be provided within 14 working days of submission.
Supervised Practice – Clinical supervision is an essential learning element when students are achieving competency. This is to ensure that the competencies being practised are performed safely and effectively but must be balanced with allowing the student a degree of autonomy to allow the student to take responsibility for their own practice. Ideally, the student would be supervised by qualified mentors, however in practicality this may not be possible in all circumstances and therefore students can be mentored and supervised by registered health professionals who are trained and competent to perform the procedures they are supervising. This will provide an adequate level of support as the registering bodies require their professionals to support and act as mentors to students, however.
Summative Assessment – Students will be summatively assessed in practice by their mentor. Supervised practice allows the assessor to assess not only knowledge and psychomotor skills, but also attitudes and values thus providing an all-round assessment on the performance of the candidate.