Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Education in Practice (Mentorship)

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is interprofessional in its philosophy and its delivery. This is in line with the global trend to incorporate interprofessional learning into healthcare education. Candidates from various health professions are brought together to develop awareness of educational principles, to develop supervisory skills and to appreciate different approaches to clinical supervision, enhancing learning in clinical practice. To enhance and guarantee crossover of ideas, perspectives and discussion amongst participants, each Department will ideally take in an equal number of students. Various platforms will be used to ensure participation and communication between candidates of different professional backgrounds. These include seminars, workshops, online debates, problem solving and placement.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to enable the candidate to provide quality supervision and mentoring to students during clinical practice; to enable the candidate to develop an insight into clinical supervision and mentorship in light of current changes in health and higher education; to equip the candidate with teaching and assessing skills relevant to their role in supporting students of the health professions in clinical environments.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
a) identify key players in the clinical education setting;
b) analyze the qualities that are needed for the successful fulfilment of role of the supervisor or mentor;
c) appreciate the different ways in which adult learners and supervisors interact;
d) adopt a pragmatic approach to ensure that clinical supervision is performed in meaningful ways within the student's practice environment.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
a) apply broad clinical education principles to the practice setting;
b) select and critically review appropriate learning methods and models of supervision and deliver feedback in a constructive manner;
c) create a favourable learning environment for the student;
d) critically analyse student's professional skills based on his/her level of learning.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Moore A, Hilton R, Morris J, Caladine L and Bristow H (1997) The clinical educator - role development. Churchill Livingstone.
- Stengelhofen J (1995) The assessment of professional competence. Chapman and Hall.
- Lekkas P, Larsen T et al (2007) No model of clinical education for physiotherapy students is superior to another: a systematic review. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 55: 19-28.
- Vella J. (2004) Learning to listen Learning to teach, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
- DeYoung, (2003) Teaching Strategies for nurse educators. New York: Prentice Hall.
- Oliver, R. and Endersby, C. (1994) Teaching an assessing nurses. London: Balliere Tindall.
- Fish D. and Twinn S. (1997) Quality clinical supervision in the health care professions. Oxford, Butterworth.
- Alsop, A., and Ryan, S. (1996) making the most of fieldwork education. London: Chapman and Hall.
- Rose, M. And Best, D. (2005) Transforming Practice Through Clinical Education, Professional Supervision and Mentoring. London: Elsevier.
- Delany, C. and Molloy, E. (2009) Clinical education in the health professions. NSW: Elsevier.
- McAllistair, L. and Lincoln, M. (2004) Clinical Education in Speech-language Pathology. London: Wiley and sons.
- Bridges, S. and McGrath, C (2012) Problem based learning in clinical education. Springer, London.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: State registered health care professional with 2 years clinical experience.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Blended Learning, Independent Study & Placement

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Online Postings SEM1 No 40%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Marjorie Bonello
Therese Bugeja
Michelle Camilleri
Stephen Lungaro Mifsud
Veronica Montebello
Martin Ward
Claudine Zerafa

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