Cut-off date 7 November 2019 Word limit 1000 words excluding references and appendices (see the revised word limit policy updated September 2014) Weighting 10% of your overall assessment score In addition to the guidance on the next page, please read further important information in the HWSC assessment guidance. Assignment task Discuss two patient/client-oriented skills you plan to learn and develop while studying K(*)117 and how you are going to learn and develop those skills. This assignment is divided into two parts. Each part has an equal weighting: Part 1: specific skills you plan to learn or develop while studying K(*)117. Part 2: how you are going to learn or develop each skill. Guidance Please start each TMA and your EMA with a sentence confirming that you have ensured the anonymity of the people and organisations you refer to. It will then be clear to the marker that you have preserved anonymity appropriately in your work. See also the section on Confidentiality in the HWSC assessment guidance. You should exclude this introductory sentence from the word count. You are asked to discuss what you plan to learn and how you are going to learn. You should not therefore simply list what you hope to learn and how. Instead, you are asked to discuss. Your module tutor will explain what is required in a discussion. Before you begin addressing this assignment make sure that you have completed Activity 2.5 Learning in practice in which you identified what you have learned since beginning the module, and how. You should also have worked on Activity 2.7 Your negotiated learning agreement. Please note that it is not necessary to have had your initial discussion meeting with your supervisor/mentor and practice tutor to work on your learning agreement, but the outcomes from the meeting will help you decide what you plan to learn. Part 1: specific skills you plan to learn or develop while studying K(*)117 Read the modules learning outcomes in the Module Guide, and the block and unit headings to give you an idea of what you can expect to learn. Discuss your ideas with your tutor at an online event or by using the tutor group forum. Identify two patient/client-oriented skills that you plan to learn or develop during the module. By patient/client-oriented skills is meant skills such as taking physical observations, assisting with personal hygiene, specific aspects of interpersonal communication, or enhancing your skills in continence management. The type of skill you select will be influenced by the care setting where you practice. It would be a good idea to discuss any skills you have in mind with your supervisor/mentor, and then bring your suggested skills to explore with your tutor and peers at an online event, or by using the tutor group forum. Discuss your current level of understanding and practice of each of your chosen skills. Outline how you expect those two skills to enhance your future practice. Part 2: how you are going to learn or develop each skill There is ample material across Block 1 about how you can develop your knowledge and skills. In Unit 1, Activity 1.3, you are encouraged to become part of a community of learners; and your Portfolio documentation contains levels of practice with which you are required to become familiar and self-assess (in Activity 1.4). You are also introduced to reflection in Activities 1.5 and 1.6, to assessing your learning style in Activity 1.7, and to learning from feedback in Activity 1.9. In Unit 2 you manage your learning opportunities with an eye on your future career. In Activity 2.4 you consider where you want to go, and in Activity 2.5 you list what you have learned in practice and how. Enablers and barriers are the focus of Activity 2.6. In Unit 3 you learn about professional values: altruism and autonomy in Activity 3.3, codes of practice in Activity 3.4 and enacting healthcare policy in Activities 3.5 and 3.6. Unit 4 is primarily about person-centred practice. This involves enhanced interpersonal skills: empathy, in Activity 4.2, developing the characteristics of person-centred care in Activity 4.4 and applying the skills of critical incident analysis in Activities 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8. Skills for working with diverse and vulnerable people are discussed in Unit 5. Personal and professional self-awareness are the focus of Activities 5.1 and 5.2. Barriers to individuality are examined in Activity 5.3 and anti-discriminatory practice is explored in Activities 5.4, 5.6 and 5.7. In summary, how you learn might be a combination of, but not limited to, the following found in Block 1: being part of a community of learners self-assessment reflection your own learning style(s) constructive response to feedback communicating and developing interpersonal skills self-awareness applying professional values and standards reading around the subject for referenced evidence to support your arguments. Structure of the assignment Begin with the statement about anonymity. Introduction Introduce what you are going to discuss: the skills you plan to learn and how you are going to learn those skills. Main body Part 1: specific skills you plan to learn or develop while studying K(*)117 Skill 1: what the skill is, your current knowledge and understanding and what you want to learn. Skill 2: what the skill is, your current knowledge and understanding and what you want to learn. For both skills, how do you expect them to enhance your practice? Part 2: how you are going to learn or develop each skill In this part, for each skill, discuss how you plan to learn, drawing on the material from Block 1. Make sure that you draw upon a range of ways of learning across your chosen skills. Reference the module materials and other appropriate sources of evidence to support your discussion.
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