Work-based learning: challenges and opportunities
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Work-based learning: challenges and opportunities

Ann Gallagher Senior lecturer, nursing, School of Health and Social Welfare, The Open University, Milton Keynes
Lesley Holland Lecturer, nursing, School of Health and Social Welfare, The Open University, Milton Keynes

This article discusses some of the challenges and opportunities arising from the development and implementation of an innovative work-based open and distance learning programme available exclusively to healthcare assistants working in general health and mental health practice. The programme is based on a partnership between the sponsoring organisation and the Open University. The focus is on the development of standards of proficiency, service user involvement, partnership working, skills development and the pedagogic implications of a work-based learning format.

Nursing Standard. 19, 14, 39-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.12.19.14.39.c3777

Correspondence

a.gallagher@open.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review