The Work Based Project
In a nutshell
This programme offers registered nurses and Allied Health Professional an opportunity to develop knowledge and practice that could improve service user care experience. The programme was developed and is delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester West NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust using a work-based learning approach and delivered at the GMW site.
There are two modules for the postgraduate certificate or each can be taken as standalone modules.
- Develop your project management skills through a negotiated research project to support you in developing skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care
- Be supported in preparing to write for publications on your work based learning project by taking a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice
- Develop a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings
This is for you if...
You want to undertake research that will improve practice and patient care
You want to develop your project management skills
You are a registered nurse or allied health professional
All about the course
The Work Based Project (30 credit module) is negotiated and designed to meet GMW strategic objectives and be of direct relevance to your area of practice. You will be asked to keep a learning journal to build-up a portfolio of your work and attend sessions to develop your knowledge and skills.
Finding and Disseminating Evidence (30 credit module) focuses on preparing you to write for publication on the work-based learning project or a project you have previously undertaken. You will take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice, use available literature and your work-based learning project. This will enable you to have a structured and rigorous approach to the effective dissemination of research findings
These modules offer you credit towards a number of Masters programmes.
The action research project to support nurse practitioners and healthcare professionals in developing skills for managing change and guide you in undertaking research to improve practice and patient care. You will be asked to keep a learning journal to build-up a portfolio of work and attend monthly sessions to develop your knowledge and skills. You will produce a project report and project to enhance practice.
Finding and Disseminating Evidence
This module focuses on preparing you to write for publication on the work-based learning project above or a project you have previously undertaken. You will take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice, use available literature and your work-based learning project. This will enable you to have a structured and rigorous approach to the effective dissemination of research findings.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The programme is delivered by work-based learning that uses a blended learning approach which incorporates experience through enquiry, critical thinking and reflection and enables you to relate the experience to your personal and professional development. Learning is controlled and owned by you, working at your own pace in your workplace.
The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment will support this process and your workplace provides an opportunity for the practical application of knowledge and skills.
Learning is negotiated and formalised to meet your individual learning needs and those of your work organisation. A range of teaching methods could be used:
- Induction programme
- Group seminars Employer lead provision including CPD activity
- Master classes
- Group tutorials
- Surgeries/individual tutorials
- Action research/Learning Sets
- Independent study Self-assessment activities, and application of theories underpinning learning and development
- Portfolio building and reflective activities.
- Access to work-based Learning Guide / Mentor
Work Based Project
- A 4,000 word written work based project report
- A portfolio of a range of practice-based evidence
- You must pass both components
Finding and Disseminating Evidence module
- 30 minute PowerPoint poster presentation
The School of Health and Society
The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.
We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
Maureen McMahon is joint Programme Leader and a Senior Lecturer in and the School APL Lead. She is a Registered Nurse and university link teacher with an Acute Adult NHS Trust. With Ruth Potts, she developed the Work Based Learning Framework for the university and this programme. Her interest is with community engagement and the service user/carers participation in curriculum development for student nurses.
Ruth Potts is a lecturer and APL and WBL Coordinator for the University of Salford. She is joint Programme Leader and her main interests are with community engagement and widening participation.
Ruth Heaton is a lecturer within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences specialising in Mental Health Nursing. Until recently she was the Deputy Director of Nursing for Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust and one of the key people in developing this programme.
What about after uni?
On graduation, you will have achieved a postgraduate qualification that better equips you with project management skills and skills for managing change and undertaking research to improve practice and patient care/carer experience.
You will learn the skills to be able to write for publication and take a critical approach in searching for research findings from practice and have developed a structured and rigorous approach to effective dissemination of research findings.
You could have opportunities to apply for a more senior post within your organisation with greater confidence. Students who have successfully completed this programme have implemented practice-based innovations within mental health settings and includes:
- Development of the Student Nurse Experience and Clinical Discussion Forum for Acute Service
- An exploration of non-pharmacological strategies, as an alternative to Pro Re Nata medication (PRN) on an inpatient ward
- Exploring the therapeutic relationship between staff and hospital service users at mealtimes.
Students have continue their postgraduate development by undertaking a full Masters programme and gaining 60 credits for the work undertaken on this programme via APL.
Working collaboratively with Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust.
What you need to know
This programme is suitable for you if you are a registered nurse or Allied Health Professional with a first degree or a diploma and want to develop a practice that could improve service user care and experience
The course is for you if you are working with people who are living with cancer and are interested in the way your specific role fits into the broader process of cancer support and survivorship
Other professionals, such as managers, trade unionists, occupational health practitioners, etc., who would benefit from a better understanding of this growing group
Since this is a relatively new area, there is enormous scope for further professional development and expansion of the evidence base in this area
Applicants must have engaged in paid and/or unpaid work and where a written agreement with their employer for support in undertaking this Framework is agreed. There will be identification of a Learning Guide / Mentor who can support the student in their place of work.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
A Bachelor’s degree with honours in a relevant discipline from a UK University or an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£2,592per year|
|Distance learning||2019/20||£1,320 per 30 credit module|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£2,640per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£4,890per year|
|Distance learning||2020/21||£1,320 per 30 credit module|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All set? Let's Apply
Start dates: September, January, June
Duration: One year