Work-based learning: challenges and opportunities

Gallagher, A. and Holland, L. (2004). Work-based learning: challenges and opportunities. Nursing Standard, 19(14-16) pp. 39–42.




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.

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