The PTU – which is based in Derby and instructs fourth-year medical students from the University of Nottingham who are on psychiatry placements – is the only medical teaching unit of its kind to offer undergraduate students an opportunity to put their university-taught theory to the test before qualifying, by doing practice consultations with a group of ‘expert patients’ who then offer feedback about the students’ communication skills.
Changes to the way apprenticeships are funded come into effect from today (6 April 2017).
All employers with an annual pay bill of £3 million or more will now have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Funds to pay for apprenticeship training will then be available through an online account system managed by the Apprenticeship Service.
The degree apprenticeship standard and end-point assessment for healthcare science practitioners is now available for delivery.
Approved as a level 6 apprenticeship, the training will typically take a minimum of 36 months to complete and will lead to a BSc (Honours) degree in Healthcare Science. The standard, which sets out the skills, knowledge and behaviours required in the role, also outlines the competencies the apprentices will need to demonstrate.