I was a community carer for 8 years prior to starting my nursing degree. I loved it, but it was not challenging enough so that is why I progressed into Nursing
50% of the programme will be clinically based, and all placements will be within Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Clinical placements will be 9-10 weeks in length, and you will have the opportunity to experience placements in medical and surgical wards and in the community during the three years of your course. You will work with a named qualified mentor and co-mentor throughout your placement.
Your mentor will support you in meeting your learning needs; you'll have three interviews with your mentor whilst on placement.
The first interview will involve you both agreeing what you need to achieve whilst on the placement using your electronic practice assessment document (EPAD) and your Ongoing Record of Skills and Achievement Log (ORSAL). Together you will plan alternative areas that are available for you to visit to enhance your leaning.
The second interview will be to review your progress and ensure you are on track to meet your agreed objectives and the third interview will be to ensure your learning objectives have been met.
You will also have access to the Practice Learning Facilitators (PLFs) within the Trust. Their role is to ensure you experience the highest quality placements and are there to support and answer any queries you may have about your placements. The PLF team will deliver specific training days throughout your training and you will meet them during your Induction when you come out for your first placement. You can contact the PLFs via email.
Learning and assessment
There is a structured approach to teaching which will start with key reading, and or a directed activity, followed by a keynote lecture either as a cohort or collaborative field groups, this is consolidated by more directed activities for example group work, clinical case studies, simulated practice, elements of team and problem based learning, tutorials, debates and discussions.
Assessment methods used include essays, case studies, reports, workbooks, communications exercise, written and clinical examinations and portfolios. Practice experience is continuously assessed with a mid-placement formal formative assessment and a formal summative assessment.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals & University of Bradford School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership is located within a working NHS hospital.
This enables our students to integrate with Trust colleagues and feel grounded in the caring environment throughout their learning and professional development.
The School at the Oakwell Centre, Dewsbury District Hospital has purpose-designed facilities for our students, which enable an exciting range of teaching and learning opportunities to be provided.
The facilities reflect the varied learning and teaching methods used, including:
- A lecture theatre with the capacity to seat 80 people
- A brand new team based learning suite, with state-of-the-art technology to enable our students to engage in learning through problem solving and reflection, both individually and in teams
- Two dedicated seminar rooms for focused, interactive learning activities
- A bespoke Clinical Skills Suite and Laboratory, with clinical equipment, beds and manikins. We use these facilities to help our students become competent in clinical nursing practice through simulation and practical skills training
- Communal areas that give our students the opportunity to socialise and meet other health care professionals who use the other facilities in the Oakwell Centre