All professionals are required to continuously engage in professional development with a feature of this being not only being able to identify and meet learning needs, but to apply the learning to practice.
Resilience, Advocacy and Wellbeing are terms that have come into focus during the past years, and their importance has been accelerated through the Covid-19 Pandemic. Professional practice has moved from team-based peer support to working from home for many, juggling competing personal and professional tasks in times of global crisis. This has impacted on individuals in terms of mental and physical health and staffing pressures have arisen for organisations as a result.
The concept of Self-Care or caring for self has come to the forefront of practitioners across health and social care, alongside with personal and organisational performance.
In this unit students will learn about the key concepts and explore tools for wellbeing and resilience. Issues of stress, trauma and vicarious trauma in practice will be considered and the impact on performance, whilst discussing how managers, leaders and organisations can support staff.
Self-care skills will be taught in interactive and practical parts of teaching, underpinned by research on relevant techniques. Students will also learn how to support others (team members and colleagues) to develop resilience and wellbeing. Students will be equipped:
The focus of the assignment is a critical reflection on the key concepts of Resilience, Advocacy and Wellbeing in personal, professional and/or organisational practice.
This course requires 100% attendance.
We would strongly recommend for students who already have a degree to consider to undertake this unit at Level 7 (Master's level). This will enable them to gain academic credits that can lead into a MA pathway for Advanced Practice or Leading and Developing Services.
Normally students may enter Level 7 (Master's level) study if they have been awarded:
If you do not meet this criteria you are still able to apply for this unit but we may ask you to complete a study skills handbook to familiarise yourself with academic writing at masters level or pre-admission work. This will be sent to you when we have received your application form.
This unit is also available at Level 6 (degree level).
Fees and funding:
You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.
Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.
The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations and Local Authorities for pre-paid places on specified modules including NHS South of England and the Pan-Dorset and Wiltshire Social Work Teaching Partnership. If you work within Dorset & Somerset or Hampshire & Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow NHS Trusts and Local Authorities to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.
The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). All requests for pre-paid places must first be agreed by your organisation prior to completing an application.
The coursework comprises a 3000 word reflective essay outlining the learning gained, how it has impacted practice and how the new found knowledge would be disseminated.
Having completed this unit the student is expected to: