Reporter 411, 1 December 1997

On the job

New work-based learning programmes for nurses and health care workers have been developed by the School of Healthcare Studies’ Division of Nursing. The Certificate of Higher Education in Nursing/Enrolled Nurse Conversion Programme was approved by the School of Healthcare Studies in September and 700 nurses are expected to take the course over the next five years. Students will acquire knowledge for professional practice while demonstrating required occupational standards, and also develop skills to equip them for lifelong learning.

A second programme has been designed for health and social care workers to develop and demonstrate their health education role in the workplace. The Diploma in Health Education and Health Promotion (Work Related Learning) was approved by the School of Healthcare Studies on 30 October.

Dr Kath Rayfield, chair of the validation panel, said the certificate in particular was “moving the open learning concept on in such a way that participants could achieve academic credibility alongside acquiring their accredited competences.” The programme development team was assisted by Dr Michael Frearson at the School of Continuing Education, who should be contacted for further information about the development of work-based learning programmes.

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