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OVERVIEW AND DISCLAIMER
Education events are delivered by The Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education (FCNE), working closely with partner organisation's and stakeholders to ensure that they meet the quality standards of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston.
Information is correct at date of publication. Education events are reviewed regularly and updated so details may change.
Education event resources reflect the policies and procedures of University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust. Practice in your work area may differ. Please seek advice from a locally based practice educator regarding appropriate practice at your organisation.
Alteration and falsification of Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education documents is not tolerated and will be investigated. Disciplinary action may be undertaken and students may have to cease their studies due to this.
All reasonable steps are taken to ensure that services stated within this Moodle site are provided for. We cannot guarantee these services in the event of industrial action or events beyond our departments control which may affect course delivery. We will undertake all reasonable steps to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum in such cases.
If a learner has additional needs that may affect any aspect of their studies, it is prudent for them to contact Faculty of Children's Nurse Education (FCNE) so that additional requirements can be discussed with the event facilitator.
If FCNE is not made aware of a learner's needs sufficiently far in advance of the start of the event it may affect FCNE's ability to provide the necessary support and assistance to create a positive and productive learning environment.
A link to a resource on dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia can be found below. This document is useful for students and educators alike.Dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia: a toolkit for nursing staff. (RCN, 2010)
Our education event facilitators are experienced practitioners in their subjects who will provide learners with support throughout the duration of the event and any related academic assessments. As well as email support, learners may wish to attend individual tutorials arranged at a mutually convenient time.
Academic support stops one week before an assignment submission deadline. After this time event facilitators can only advise on general queries.
Learners can only seek guidance from one event facilitator at a time. If a learner wishes to seek guidance from a second event facilitator, they must first discuss with the original event facilitator and gain their agreement.
Anonymity & Confidentiality
It is a professional standard to maintain anonymity and confidentiality throughout your work with regards to patients/carers/colleagues/organisations. This extends to a Learner's studies.
If a learner's work does not maintain anonymity and confidentiality as set out in the marking criteria they may be penalised.
Unless otherwise stated, each assignment element must gain 40% to pass.
If a learner does not achieve a 40% pass for an assessment element they will be required to resubmit this element.
Resubmissions are capped at 1 instance.
Successfully completed resubmitted elements will have the total marks capped at a 40% pass.
Students who do not pass after retake will fail the academic section of their event.
It is the learner's responsibility to have the correct controlled assessment time and location to attend and participate.
If a learner does not attend their scheduled controlled assessment they will receive a mark of zero.
If a learner does not adhere to their controlled assessments rules they will receive a mark of zero.
Plagiarism is not tolerated and will be investigated.
If plagiarism is proven against a Learner they may have to cease their studies or have any related assessments marked as zero.
Submission of Assessments
Unless otherwise stated, all work must be submitted electronically via our Moodle site. Work submitted in other formats will not be marked.
Assignment deadline dates and times will be stated on a learner's event Moodle pages. Assignments that are submitted after these specified deadlines will receive zero marks.
If a learner is unable to meet deadlines for the submission of assessments and they have a valid reason as set out in the Deferral of Course & Extenuating Circumstances pages of these Regulations & Procedures, they can apply for a deferral. A Learner must correspond with their event facilitator to ensure that appropriate administration is undertaken and submitted within the allotted time.
If an assignment requests a word count, this must be provided on the assignment front sheet.
As set out in your assignment specific marking criteria, marks for your work will be capped or reduced if:
- You fail to provide a word count.
- Your word count is over the limit as stated in course document (5% deduction in marks).
Attendance & Hours
It is an expectation that learners attend 100% of all taught education.
Attendance on the first days of all multi-day events facilitated by the Faculty of Children's Nurse Education is mandatory.*
*If attending Paediatric Critical Care Level's 1 and 2, the second day is also mandatory.
Certification of attendance is only given to those learners who have attended 80% or more of all taught education.
Taught education takes place between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00. Breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. Further information can be found in your education event programme which will be made available prior to the event.
If a learner is unable to attend a study event they must contact the event facilitator or Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education before the start of the first session of the day. Learners must report their absence to their clinical areas as per their absence policy.
To fully realise the module outcomes learners must undertake additional self-study to underpin the knowledge gained through taught days. This will ensure that learners achieve their potential from the education event. Additional self-study may include learners being given learning materials to take away to prepare for an upcoming session.
Deferral of Event & Extenuating Circumstances
Evaluation of Event
To ensure that we as a department are delivering high quality education which meets a learners needs we would appreciate a learners honest answers to the questions posed in post-course evaluations. This process enables our team to monitor quality and make adjustments where necessary.
Feedback for your Work
Assignment Feedback: what you can expect as a student undertaking a FCNE module/course
This guide is to help you as a student get the most out of the assignment feedback you receive from your module team.
We always encourage students to engage and request feedback as we know students who do engage (generally speaking) achieve a higher mark than those who do not!
What is feedback and why is it useful for you as a student?
Feedback in the context of the assignments set by the FCNE is helping you as a student to see how you can improve your work without telling you exactly what you need to do!
As the written assignments set by Faculty teams are centred around developing clinical practice and patient care, you are also developing your ability to reflect on and develop practice; becoming inquisitive practitioners.
Referring to the assignment brief and or the marking criteria can help you as a student understand what the marker will be looking for when you submit your draft work.
The assignment marking criteria is the equivalent of Degree level, so in an assignment the marker is looking for critical analysis (usually of the literature), synthesis and evaluation leading to justification for practice.
How much feedback can I expect from my module team?
In order to ensure parity and fairness there needs to be a limit on how much feedback can be given to an individual student. Every student is offered the same amount of time for feedback as set out in each module. It is up to the student to determine if they will access the maximum opportunities for feedback or not. What experience has taught us is that students who do engage are more likely to achieve a better mark.
You can request feedback on the following:
- The idea –does it fit the assignment brief and module outcomes?
- Content outline –does the proposed content match the title and fit in with the above. Is there a clear link to practice?
- Overall design and visual appeal of the poster
- Detailed feedback on one third of the content i.e. 2-3 boxes – ask your educator to feedback on either the area you feel least confident about OR the nursing care/justification area which is a large percentage of the marks
- You can ask general questions around the poster assessment process
For other written pieces such as the QI project
You can request feedback on the following:
- The idea – does it fit the assignment brief and module outcomes
- Content outline –does the proposed content follow the assignment brief and module outcomes?
- Detailed feedback on 20% of the work ( 400 out of a 2,000 word assignment) As with the poster ask your educator to feedback on the part of the assignment you feel less confident with OR a section of the main body
The above is in addition to group and individual tutorials provided during a course.
How many times can I ask for feedback?
If you seek feedback for your idea, then the outline followed by a detailed section of your work, this amounts to 3 episodes.
Additionally if you have made wholesale changes to one section you were provided detailed feedback on, you can send in that section for feedback comments once more.
Alternatively you may wish to develop your idea sending a more complete draft for comment; however your module educator(s) can only comment on a percentage of the total so please tell them which sections you want them to look at.
What you cannot do is request detailed feedback on one section than a further section; otherwise you can end up being given feedback on virtually the whole piece.
When can I ask for Feedback?
Unless otherwise directed,feedback can normally be given from when the assignment is set until 7 days before the submission/presentation date. The rationale for the 7 day rule is that if you as a student send a piece of work within that time frame, there is an increased pressure and insufficient time for the educator to comment on your submission and for you to act upon the feedback.
How can I receive Feedback?
Students vary in how you prefer to receive feedback. If requesting verbal feedback it is good practice to for your educator to follow it up with an email confirming your discussions. This is something you the student can then refer back to.
Can more than one educator provide feedback?
Some of the courses provided by the Faculty have more than one educator as part of the course team. You should approach only one educator for feedback, but do copy the other(s) in so they know you have asked for feedback. Educators do share and keep feedback.
Can I ask “is this work good enough for a pass”
This is a question you might want to ask. However as educators we would rather not answer that question as all work is double marked so a borderline pass may become a fail.
How quickly should I expect to receive feedback?
We aim to get feedback to you within 7 days of the feedback request being sent/ submitted. Feedback will be returned to you via email or via Moodle (your educator will let you know by which format feedback is sent). Due to the uncertainty of the email and Trust blocking systems your educator will whenever possible let you know that they have sent it. If you do not hear within a few days do contact the Faculty office.
How Can I ensure that I do well in my assignment(s)?
There are several simple steps you can take as a student to help you succeed in your studies:
- Read the module handbook taking careful note of the module assessment section
- Make notes when the assignment(s) are being discussed during the module
- If you are unsure of anything ask the module team not your colleagues –assignment do change over time
- If you have not studied for a while seek additional tutorial support and read the Faculty’s study skills handbook
- Send in draft work to your module tutor/team and carefully read the comments, asking questions if you are unsure. Remember your colleagues and friends are not marking your work!
My Feedback seems quite negative?
Some students comment that feedback is “always negative” this is not meant to be the case!
- As educators, we do comment when you have done well. More often though we comment on areas for development as this is what you need to know to improve either that piece of work or for the next time you are studying.
- If you do not understand what has been said do contact the educator who made the comments as is important you understand what has been said and why.
When an individual enrolls on a Faculty of Children's Nurse Education event they sign up to allowing their personal information to be utilised in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, whereby information is:
- used fairly, lawfully and transparently
- used for specified, explicit purposes
- used in a way that is adequate, relevant and limited to only what is necessary
- accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date
- kept for no longer than is necessary
- handled in a way that ensures appropriate security, including protection against unlawful or unauthorised processing, access, loss, destruction or damage
An individual's data will only be utilised for the purposes that they have signed up to / given their permission for, and the related administration that is inherently involved when providing these services. Data will be held by the Faculty of Children's Nurse Education in two places:
- University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS FT, the NHS Foundation Trust that our department sits within.
- Synergy Learning (a trading name of New Media Warehouse Limited) who securely host our Moodle learning management system.
If you have any queries regarding how your data is being utilised by our department please contact FacultyOfChildrensNurseEducation@uhbw.nhs.uk with your query.
Terms & Conditions - Accepting Persons on to our Education
Accepting an individual on to an FCNE event
It is the Faculty of Children's Nurse Education's (FCNE) right to decline attendance to one of our education events if:
- A person does not meet an events pre or co-requisites.
- A person has outstanding investigations related to prior conduct on a FCNE education event.
- There is no availability on the requested education event. Events can be limited by room size restrictions and facilitator requirements.
- A person or their sponsor have any outstanding debt relating to unpaid FCNE education events. FCNE must be satisfied that any student or their sponsor will meet their financial obligations.
- FCNE can provisionally reserve places on FCNE education events.
- It is a requirement that this booking form be completed and returned via email attachment to the FacultyOfChildrensNurseEducation@UHBW.nhs.uk a minimum of 12 weeks in advance of the FCNE administered study event.
- FCNE reserve the right to re-allocate any provisionally reserved places if a fully completed booking form is not completed within the timeframe specified in a) ii.
Should you wish to cancel a place on an FCNE administered study event, the person or organisation as set out in the invoicing section of this booking form will be subject to the following charges:
- 100% refund if the Faculty of Children's Nurse Education are contacted 60 days or more prior to the study event commencing.
- 50% refund if the Faculty of Children's Nurse Education are contacted 40 - 60 days prior to the study event commencing.
- No refund if the Faculty of Children's Nurse Education are contacted 39 days or less prior to the study event commencing.
- No refund if an attendee does not attend their booked study event.
Exceptional circumstances will be taken into consideration. This includes personal circumstances whereby the student has sudden ill health or where they have prolonged caring responsibilities.
Changing an Attendee:
A sending organisation can re-allocate a student place on a study event to another person if they meet the following:
- A new student must meet all study event pre-requisites.
- A new student must have sufficient time prior to the study event to undertake all required pre-event work.
Nationwide, Universities can award accreditation for professionally accredited courses.
The Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education has explored this option with our local university – University of the West of England (UWE). Below is an outline of this process and costings.
Students can undertake these credits at any University of their choice that offers this pathway, however if you choose to do so you will need to explore the process and costings outlined by the University of your choice.
Option 1: Individual wanting to accredit one Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education module they have attended:
- Contact Clive Warn at UWE: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The student will use the assessment set by the Faculty team and may be required to undertake additional work to meet all University learning outcomes. A UWE based supervisor is available for the students, the academic work is marked by Clive Warn’s team.
- Cost: Current 20 credit UWE module (£998 for 2020/21).
- The module is named Evidencing Work Based Learning and that is the name of the award.
Option 2: Building a Professional Development award
- There are several options for building an award ranging from topping up to Level 3 (Degree) to full Masters. Information can be found on the following UWE pages: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/professionaldevelopment/professionaldevelopmentaward.aspx
- Students must register on the award pathway (cost £200), but can then transfer across credits from other HEI’s (Universities) into the award.
- The amount of credits which can be transferred in is variable depending on the award. Details of this can be found here: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/professionaldevelopment/professionaldevelopmentaward/buildyourownqualification/pdaqualifications.aspx
- There is no time limit as to when credits expire, nor is there a time limit to completing the award pathway.
- The only stipulation is that the student has to complete a work based learning (WBL) module. This is a 20 credits module for L3 (Degree level), 40 credit for a full Masters award.
- The WBL module is a flexible module which is focused on service improvement and allows students to determine the assessment process in conjunction with the designated UWE based supervisor.
- The student has an individual learning contract which is agreed with their supervisor
- Further information: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/Marketing/what-can-i-study/pdf/Evidence-Work-Based-Learning-information-sheet.pdf.
- Student support and marking is undertaken by the UWE team. Physically remote students support is individualised but provided by their UWE based supervisor.
- The WBL module cost is the same as current UWE 20 credit module (£998 for 2020/21).
- A second option within the professional development award is for students to submit electronically via Electronic –Accreditation of Experiential Learning (E-AEL) With this process the student does not get the academic support from UWE team and submits their work electronically.
- Their work is marked by Clive Warn’s team.
- Cost is half that of the full module i.e. for 2020/21 £499.
- N.B. Students will still have to undertake a full cost supervised module to complete their award.
- This option is not available for students wishing to gain credits for a single module.
The costs involved in attaining University credits are additional to the cost of attending one of our courses. These costs will need to be met by the individual or their organisation.