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Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education

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The programme (38 credits level 7) equips delegates who have a responsibility for training colleagues within their professional remit with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to deliver structured, measured and effective teaching strategies.

The Diploma is achieved in two days based on delegates’ recognised prior learning – for example a medical degree – and it is tailored to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals including the medical device industry.

To date, the PG Dip course has been delivered by HC Skills to more than 1,000 people at various venues across the United Kingdom and Europe since 2007.

The qualification, issued by Eduqual, maps directly to guidance for postgraduate medical education referenced by the General Medical Council via the Framework for the Professional Development of Postgraduate Medical Supervisors.

The GMC’s Generic Standards for Training require that doctors with additional designated educational roles must demonstrate ability as effective trainers.

The course programme is delivered through formal presentations, structured delegate participation and clinical skills sessions administered and facilitated by clinical educators with the defining experience and qualifications.

The key elements formally assessed are:

  • Education theory
  • Effective lecturing/presentation skills
  • Ability to instruct participants to teach effectively
  • Teaching a clinical skill
  • Education session plan
  • The art of critique and appraisal

The course utilises blended learning techniques, including an online pre-course component, a two-day classroom-based practical session and a post-course online written assessment. It enables delegates to improve their ability to present, instruct and demonstrate clinical/technical skills to others.

If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, you can now top it up to a Master’s Degree, awarded by a UK university.

The programmes are likely to include a 60-credit dissertation or project which can be completed “by-distance” at a significantly reduced cost.

Entry will involve completion of a single “bridging” assignment. For more information, contact EduQual.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education have produced a guide to comparing qualifications across the UK and Europe, including the Ofqual-Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

The QAA work across all four nations of the United Kingdom to protect the standards and improve the quality of higher education.

HC Skills International is a licensed registered professional education centre which approves and awards CPD points for education in the health sector.

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