Introduction to healthcare practice
This is a practice-based module that – together with Introducing Health and Social Care (K102) – forms Stage 1 of the upcoming BSc (Honours) Nursing and the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice. Studying this module will develop your knowledge and skills for nursing or healthcare practice, and successful completion enables you to progress in your chosen programme of study.
What you will study
You’ll be introduced to the essential aspects of practice as you begin to develop skills such as questioning, problem-solving, communication and relationship management skills and numeracy and literacy skills with application to safe and effective care. Your studies will also include the essentials of medicines management, anatomy and physiology and health promotion and will help you develop and maintain the required currency and relevance of your practice within an ever-changing healthcare environment.
The theory element of this module requires 125 hours of study consisting of 16 learning guides which are studied alongside your work-based practice. Your tuition will be provided online by your module tutor who will support your learning and achievement in online tutorials, email or telephone-based discussions and feedback on your assessed work.
Learning Guides 1–7
The first seven learning guides are the essential building blocks from which you can begin to understand your role as a student and will inform the foundations of your learning and practice. You will be introduced to the concept and principles of Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) which if continuing with your studies will be further developed at the next stage of your programme for the pre-registration students. Other topics include:
- Becoming a student in practice
- Being a professional – as relevant to the focus of the overall programme that you're registered on, either the BSc (Honours) Nursing or the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice
- Person and family centred care
- Communication skills
- Numeracy skills and medicines management
- Quality and safety of care
- Infection prevention and management.
The module materials are developed in ways that support and encourage you to apply your theory learning to your practice. They will inform the development of your skills in practice and support you in being proactive in developing your competence in your practice setting.
Learning Guides 8–15
The next eight learning guides introduce holistic, personalised, person and family-centred care for people in different settings and different fields of practice. You will be encouraged to take a questioning and problem-solving approach to care delivery, and explore the rationale for care and underpinning evidence that informs how and why care is delivered in particular ways. Topics include:
- Assessment skills and care planning
- Bladder and bowel health
- Nutrition and hydration
- Hygiene, skin integrity and wound care
- Acute and emergency care
- Promoting health
- Supporting skills.
As you study the learning guides, you will continue to develop your skills in practice.
Learning Guide 16
In the final learning guide you will reflect on your ongoing development for your area of practice, and achievements so far. If you are continuing with your studies following on from this module, you will also look forward to the second stage of your qualification and how you will make the transition to working and studying at level 2.
Overall, this module will support the development of your practice. You will be supported throughout by your Practice Supervisor and Practice Tutor/Academic Assessor and your practice will be assessed by a Practice Assessor and your Practice Tutor/ Academic Assessor.
You will learn
This module contributes to a professional qualification. The following outcomes inform the content and assessment of the module:
- Develop an understanding of how to be a proactive learner in the practice setting
- Demonstrate professional values and behaviour in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code (Nursing students only)
- Identify and discuss opportunities for health promotion activities in the practice setting
- Demonstrate an ability to assess people’s needs using appropriate skills and tools
- Deliver and document care, in partnership with people and families
- Demonstrate a range of practical/clinical skills, as relevant to your practice, in the delivery of safe, effective, dignified and compassionate care
- Demonstrate an ability to work with children, young people, adults, and their families, carers and colleagues
- Display insights into own abilities and when to seek support in a timely way
- Apply the values of equality, diversity, protection and confidentiality to your practice
- Demonstrate resilience and acknowledge the impact and demands of practice on your personal health and wellbeing, engaging in self-care and accessing support when required.
For students pursuing the BSc (Honours) Nursing, this module is one of a set that together lead to the professional qualification of Registered Nurse (Part 1: NMC) - subject to NMC approval in 2020.
All students will need to be employed in a setting where they can gain appropriate practice learning experience under supervision and be assessed in practice.
Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice
If you're studying this module as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice, you are are eligible to register on this module without going through a process of recruitment and selection.
BSc (Honours) Nursing
All other students will only be registered on this module if they have undergone the recruitment and selection process to the pre-registration nursing programme. Students on the pre-registration nursing programmes only will need to demonstrate:
- an ability to work at level 2 literacy and numeracy (NVQ level 2 or GCSE grades A*-C)
- certified evidence of 12 years of general education; this is an NMC requirement.
- their suitability for their chosen field of nursing and the appropriate values, attitudes and behaviours for the programme in line with the current Nursing and Midwifery Council Code.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
As this module is delivered mainly online it is important to develop your confidence in the use of IT. There are a range of local and online resources to support people in developing their confidence in their IT skills and you may wish to consider these as preparation for this module. IT support will be provided within the module including an OU Computing helpdesk and exercises you can complete to prepare for your studies.
Online learning materials and resources, Practice Assessment Document (PAD), 16 learning guides and accompanying resource materials.
You will also have access to a module website, through which teaching and library resources are available that provide links to current information and relevant research-based materials relating to module content.
There will be some online activities in which you will be expected to participate.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.