Practice Learning

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    Practice Learning Frequently Asked Questions

    This leaflet contains some essential information for pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. Please download a copy and keep it safe.

    Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record
    From April 2017, first year UWS pre-registration students will be using the Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record. Please feel free to download this sample copy for teaching purposes. 

    Programme Flows

    Adult Sept 17 flow
    MH Sept 17 flow v3.0
    MSc Programme flow for Feb 2017 FINAL April 2017

    MSc Programme flow for January 2018

  • Practice learning experience makes up 50% of pre-registration courses and is therefore a key component of learning.

    The school maintains a well-established range of placements available to Adult, Mental Health and Midwifery students throughout its 6 NHS Board partner providers and associated private, independent and voluntary organisations; approximately 1,200 across the West of Scotland (which means some travelling). Practice learning opportunities are available in a variety of settings such as hospital wards, community maternity units, care homes, health centers, schools, peoples own homes and other local NHS, independent and private sector settings. To prepare you for employment you will be expected to attend placement across the 24 hour period and may include some weekends.

    There are a number of strategies, in collaboration with our clinical partners, available to support students in practice to ensure you are able to meet the learning outcomes that will enable you to provide safe and effective care in a variety of settings. These include:

    • Mentorship from clinical experts
      You are allocated a named mentor, who is a qualified nurse and who has had specific preparation to be a mentor, but in some areas it may be more appropriate to have a team of mentors. Your mentor is responsible for your overall practice learning experience, providing learning opportunities and assessing your competence.
    • Liaison Lecturers
      Each placement area has a named liaison lecturer from the school. Together you will arrange to meet at least once per placement. You will also be able to contact the liaison lecturer by phone, email or other electronic means.
    • Practice Education Facilitators/ Care Home Education Facilitators
      Practice Education Facilitators/ Care Home Education Facilitators are clinical experts who support the mentors to ensure you have the best possible practice learning experience.
    • Peer support
      Sometimes you will be allocated alongside other students. This provides the opportunity to share learning experiences, teach and support each other.
    • Personal Tutor
      All students have a personal tutor that can be contacted by email or telephone if required whilst you are in placement
  • To ensure that you get the best experience possible the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery also has a wide range of systems and processes currently in place to support regular and ongoing feedback on practice placement experiences. These include
    • Practice learning evaluation
    • Educational audits of the practice learning environment
    • Student staff liaison forums
    • Annual monitoring
    • Practice liaison communication forums