The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is a vocationally focused programme intended to prepare hospital-based doctors (at SHO, Registrar, Specialist Registrar and Consultant level), GPs, Senior Clinical Grades and related health professionals, to become medical educators in the workplace and to improve existing skills and knowledge.
The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education course explores the nature of teaching and learning in the clinical environment. It focuses upon the ways in which the medical teacher-practitioner may enable learning through a range of methodologies. It also explores the rationale and methods by which clinical learning is assessed across a range of metrics as well as critically evaluating the effectiveness of these instruments.
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, you will have achieved an understanding of how people learn and a range of teaching and learning methodologies. You will have studied how training needs are identified, how learning is assessed and how training interventions may be evaluated. Additionally you will have learned how to improve performance through reflective practice. This will be achieved via a range of teaching and learning methods, delivered within a contextually relevant and academically challenging programme of study.
Typical modules include:
The Reflective Practitioner
Examine and reflect on your own experience, derive the appropriate theory and then develop action related to the demands of work. Understand the concept of critical reflective practice in relation to action learning and experiential/action learning.
People Development in Health Care
Develop a critical understanding of the contribution of learning and development policies, practices and strategies, particularly coaching and mentoring, in formulating and achieving sustainable development objectives at all strategic levels in Health Care.
Design and Deliver Medical Education
Focus upon the ways in which the medical teacher-practitioner may enable learning through a range of methodologies. Explore the rationale and methods by which clinical learning is assessed across a range of metrics, critically evaluating the effectiveness of these instruments.
The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education is a recognised and relevant qualification for medical and clinical practitioners who are or who may be training, coaching, mentoring and assessing learners in the NHS and related sectors.
This course has been developed from many years of experience of delivering relevant learning outcomes to medical educators. It is based upon a good awareness of training needs in this context.
You will leave the programme with a range of skills, and with confidence to lead within the complexity of the health and social care environment. You will have a qualification that is appropriate, valued and relevant in the Health sector and which can aid your development and career progression.
Staff leading and delivering the programme engage in advisory and commissioning roles within the health and social care contexts, contributing to national and regional initiatives. The Course Leader is a member of the Higher Education Academy Community of Practice for Medical/Clinical Educators, which aims to develop best practice models and share resources and expertise in the delivery of medical education.
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education also enables progression onto the MSc Health Care Leadership, with accreditation of prior certified learning for one module.
This programme has been specifically designed to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in the role of medical educator in the health sector context.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
To join the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education participants:
Will normally be healthcare professionals who occupy or, have occupied, a position where they deliver or manage learning, training and development,
within a Healthcare environment. They will also need to hold one of the following qualifications:
We also welcome applications from individuals who do not posses the above qualifications but who are more mature individuals and have significant teaching, training and development experience within healthcare organisations. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on a an evaluation of the applicant's ability to succeed on, and contribute to, the programme.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.