Learning and assessment
A variety of teaching methods is employed in the programme, to enable students to fulfil the varied modular learning outcomes.
The learning within the programme is gained through:
Face-to-face tuition: this occurs at the beginning of each module in Bradford. Tutors are available by email if required during placement periods to handle learning queries. Tutors are clinical practitioners (consultant specialists and PwSIs).
Work-based learning: this forms the central part of the programme of study, in the form of clinical placements – each six month module should contain at least 14 weeks of hands-on practical study in a secondary care environment. This learning is undertaken on placement in the locality, under the supervision of a clinical mentor. Students approach the mentor in the first instance: they must be a GMC registered consultant/Advanced clinician in whose name appears on a national register of practitioners, and who has teaching experience. The clinical mentor will receive a specific Mentor Guide including advice and support from the course management team in fulfilling the role of mentor.
Guided reading (given by tutor and mentor): this complements the placement and enables you to fulfil the theoretical background necessary for your placement activities, and prepares you for your written and presentational assignments. e-learning: the virtual learning environment gives access to the peer group and tutors during placement, facilitating learning through clinical discussion, as well as providing support.
Local research and application: The AM module involves working within the healthcare community to apply 3 different methodologies; learning takes place during the activities of researching and reading information, planning, preparation and application of these.
Assessment is designed to enable you to have a rounded measurement of the skills needed for your role in the healthcare community.
Clinical competence is verified through mentor signature after observation (by mentor and where appropriate other relevant clinical professionals) and discussion during the placement periods.
The issues of ethics and informed consent are an integrated part of the students’ daily practice, and it is implicit in all the modules that there is conformity to the usual standards and guidelines in these areas.
Optionality is available to students studying for the Certificate in their choice of modules. It is available to students studying for the Diploma in the choice of cases for the written reflective studies and the presentations.
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About The Ridge Training Ltd.
The PwSI Programmes are delivered at the premises of The Ridge Medical Practice, in Bradford. The programme director is Dr Chris Harris; born and bred in Bradford, he has been involved with the courses since their inception in 2003. He is a Senior Partner at The Ridge, a PwSI and he has a clinical leadership role at Bradford CCG.
In his PwSI role, Dr Harris leads a team of enthusiastic and highly specialised clinical tutors who are passionate about delivering the Programmes to a high standard and who are dedicated to creating an excellent student experience. We currently have 22 tutors; practising advanced clinicians and service improvement specialists.
As the programme tutors are employed within the specialist sectors that they teach on, they are able to ensure that the contents of the programmes are clinically sound, contemporaneous and appropriate to the changing workforce within the NHS. Students are provided with high quality work-based learning through their relationship with their clinical mentor within an attachment for each clinical module. In addition to the clinical tutors, subject specialists are invited to provide complementary and additional teaching on the Programmes e.g. Physiotherapists on the MSK programme, ECG specialist on the Cardiology programme.
Gynaecology clinical tutors:
- Dr Julie Ayres
- Dr Virginia Beckett
- Dr Sue Calvert
- Dr Ann Connolly
- Dr Christine Corrin
Cardiology clinical tutors:
- Professor Ahmet Fuat
- Dr Kathryn Griffith
- Dr Chris Harris
- Dr Clare Hawley
- Dr Steven Lindsay
- Prof Jerry Murphy
MSK & Rheumatology clinical tutors:
- Dr Mark Brook
- Dr John Dickson
- Dr Adrian Dunbar
- Dr Phil Helliwell
- Dr Michael Horsfield
- Dr Andrew Jackson
- Dr Jean Wong
- Jamie Bell
- Richard Kunz
Diabetes clinical tutors:
- Margaret Bannister
- Dr Kathryn Griffith
Applied Methodology (non-clinical module) tutors:
- Darren Lee
- Kate MacKay
Students can access the extensive Study Support resources provided by the University.
See: Learning Resources
Further support offered by the University include:
- Disability Services
- 24 hour access to the JB Priestley Library
- 24 hour access to some computer clusters on the main campus
- Excellent access to the Library’s online resources
- A dedicated distance learning librarian, and a dedicated Faculty of Health Studies librarian
- The Health Studies collection within the JB Priestley library.
Further programme specific support is provided:
Induction takes place on the first day of the teaching programme. Students are guided through an overview of their chosen programme and the Blackboard system, where all the relevant documents are placed.
The programme tutors and the programme co-ordinator are committed to supporting students as they progress. They provide advice and guidance for all students on all aspects of the course both academically, administratively and pastorally.
Students are able to access the programme co-ordinator and tutors via individual contact (face to face, email or telephone).
Students working at the MSc level are expected to liaise on a regular basis with their project supervisor.
We focus on research themes that have a direct impact on the quality of care.
Our research is locally and internationally significant, undertaken in collaboration with NHS and other partners.