During the programme you will undertake a variety of clinical experiences predominately in the Bradford, Airedale and Craven districts, consisting of practice placements lasting between 6 and 12 weeks.
You will be allocated a Mentor on each placement who has undertaken a professionally recognised Mentorship preparation award.
You may also be allocated an associate mentor depending upon the placement.
Mentors are there to support and educate you during your practice placement, helping you to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained into effective/ appropriate practice.
They will supervise your work and assess your progress during and at the end of the placement.
We also have a Practice Education Support Team (PEST) that provides a link between practice placement areas and the University.
The team are there to offer Mentor support and guidance to ensure and enhance your learning in practice.
There is also an opportunity to undertake an elective placement at the end of Year 2 which can include experience abroad, for example Finland, Belgium and Denmark.
Learning and assessment
The programme is framed around the NMC future nurse standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) alongside realising professionalism: Standards for education and training Part 1: Standards for nursing and midwifery education (2018).
You will be taught alongside peers from all three fields of nursing adult, children’s and mental health in years 1 & 2 where an integrated approach to learning and teaching will be adopted. The curriculum will introduce all students to the fundamental knowledge and skills centred upon the core and field subjects required to safely meet the needs of all patient/ client groups.
During year 3 you will develop the specific in-depth knowledge and skills to meet the complex and enduring needs of people in your chosen field of practice. Year 4 will concentrate on the specific in-depth practice relating to your other chosen field.
You will have the opportunity to work with and alongside other professionals in health and social care, as well as service users and carers both in the university and practice setting. You will participate in a wide range of student-centred learning activities in order to help you develop the knowledge, skills and values for professional practice. There is a structured approach to teaching which will start with key reading, and or a directed study activity, followed by keynote lectures and smaller group seminars. This is consolidated by more directed activities for example clinical case studies, simulated practice, elements of team and problem-based learning, tutorials, debates and discussions.
Assessment methods used include essays, reports, written and practical examinations, poster presentations, critical reflection and team-based learning.
The purpose-built Faculty of Health Studies building represents a £10 million investment in health at Bradford.
Our state of the art facilities provide learning environments and simulation equipment that mirrors those found in the NHS.
They are designed to provide the closest possible ‘real-life’ practical experience, under the guidance and supervision of our academic team of experienced healthcare professionals, allowing students to develop their clinical skills ahead of practice placements and employment in the health sector.