Oxford Medical Simulation

April 5, 2024, by Ben Atkinson

Unlocking Potential: The success story of our Advanced Clinical Practice Team

Throughout the 2023–4 academic year, we are running a new feature on the Learning Technology (LT) blog: a faculty takeover month! Each month, we will feature posts from different faculty members at the university. Every Friday, posts will highlight interesting work and ideas related to technology in teaching and learning and showcase unique projects from within the various disciplines across the UoN. So far, we’ve featured content from all the faculties at the University. This month, we welcome posts from degree apprenticeship programmes at UoN.

Our first post is written by Hannah Conway, Associate Professor, MSc ACP Programme Director

At the University of Nottingham, we’re not just educators; we’re architects of transformation. Our Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) team stands at the forefront of innovation, shaping the future of healthcare through excellence in teaching and learning. As the proud director of the programme, I am delighted to share the remarkable journey of our team and the outstanding achievements we’ve attained in delivering top-tier education for degree apprenticeships.

What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to quality and a student-centered approach. With over 100 apprentices currently enrolled, our programme stands as one of the largest and most esteemed in the university. But size alone doesn’t define us; it’s the calibre of our teaching and the impact we make on our apprentices’ journey into advancing practice that truly matters.

Our success lies in a blend of expertise, dedication, and an innovative curriculum designed to meet the evolving needs of modern healthcare. Our team comprises seasoned professionals, each bringing a wealth of clinical experience and academic rigor to the table. From lectures to practical sessions, we ensure our apprentices receive a comprehensive education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their roles.

Innovative Teaching Methods: We seamlessly integrate technology into our teaching methodologies, utilising interactive online platforms, virtual simulations, and multimedia resources to engage our apprentices and enrich their learning experience. For instance, we recently integrated a complete anatomy software1, enhancing both learners’ and academics’ ability to teach complex topics such as valvular heart disease.

Complete Anatomy

Figure 1: Complete Anatomy

Personalised Learning: Technology allows us to tailor our teaching approach to meet the diverse needs of our apprentices. From personalised learning paths to adaptive assessment tools, we ensure that each student receives individualised support and feedback, empowering them to succeed in their academic and professional endeavours.

Future Projects: We are constantly exploring new avenues to further enhance our teaching practices through technology. One exciting future project involves the implementation of virtual reality simulation software2. This initiative aims to provide our students with a broad spectrum of clinical scenarios featuring a diverse patient demographic, enabling them to hone their skills within a secure and supervised setting.

Oxford Medical Simulation

Figure 2: Oxford Medical Simulation

In conclusion, the success of our Advanced Clinical Practice team is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and dedication. Together, we are shaping the future of Advanced Practice, one apprentice at a time.


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