Mentorship Preparation Programme NURT99

Please note that if you wish to apply for SSPRD funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, they will only support the application if you are undertaking this course 'not for academic credit'.  All requests for SSPRD funding are also subject to availability.

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Who is it For?

This newly approved NMC programme is suitable for Adult Nurse registrants working in the primary/community care setting who wish to become a mentor and supervise students whilst on their clinical placements.

Although the focus is on primary/community care settings, this course is also suitable for staff working in secondary care settings.

What is it About?

By the end of the course you will have sufficient knowledge, skills and competence to meet the NMC ‘Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice’ (SLAiP 2008) standards. How to make and be accountable for judgements made on pre-registration adult nursing programmes; how to support learning for students from other professions; under supervision contribute to assessment of other professionals.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Prospective mentors need to have been registered with the NMC for at least 1 year.
You should arrange with your manager to be allowed a minimum 5 days protected learning time. In line with the NMC regulations regarding mentor preparation programmes (NMC Standards to support learning and assessment in practice, 2008 p38).
Ideally you should have agreement from a colleague who is already an active mentor on the live register.

There are no academic requirements but you must be a registered nurse.

How is the Course Structured?

Topic covered include;

  • Establishing effective working relationships
  • Facilitate learning
  • Assessment and accountability
  • Evaluation of learning
  • Create an effective learning environment
  • Context of practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership

Method of Delivery

The course is specifically designed for those working in primary and community care as the School of Nursing and Midwifery recognise the unique qualities required for such mentors and the demands on time that prevents regular classroom attendance. For these reasons the School uses a blend of classroom and online learning and has designed the programme to enable progression at a pace suitable to individuals.  The course is run over a period of 3 months as required by the NMC.

Day 1 is classroom based followed by another classroom based session part way through the programme.

Remaining study time will delivered online using a combination of interactive activities, discussions, reflections and live online 'classroom' sessions fully supported by experienced tutors which will ensure that you are fully informed and ready to become one of Nursing’s valuable learning mentors and become part of the ‘live’ register of mentors.

You will be supported within your work-place by a ‘Supervisor Mentor’ (someone already on the ‘live’ register of mentors).

Start Date(s)

16 October 2017; (2nd session, 4 December 2017)

06 February 2018; (2nd session, TBC)

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to download and complete the paper approval form from the downloads at the top right of this page and also click on the Application Form text under Online Application at the top right of this page.

Please note that if you wish to apply for SSPRD funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, they will only support the application if you are undertaking this course 'not for academic credit'.  All requests for SSPRD funding are also subject to availability. 

For information on funding options please see here.

Contact Details

Rachel Jokhi

Tel: 0114 222 2043 Email: rachel.jokhi@sheffield.ac.uk

Sally Snowden

Email: sally.snowden@sheffield.ac.uk