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Becoming a Learner in The Workplace: A Student's Guide to Practice and Work-Based Learning in Health and Social Care

This book places practice and work-based learning in the context of preparing to become a work-based learner. The text provides learners with the skills to progress to being qualified senior support workers.

The transition from worker to learner, from worker to student, and from worker to work-based/practice learner requires a range of skills and strategies to seek support and guidance. The text will also enable students to use their academic study to make the gradual transition to new ways of working and establish roles that are often completely new to their employing organisation.

Scope and contents

A clear explanation and differentiation between work-based and practice-based learning.
Chapters to develop practical skills and suggest strategies to maximise workplace and practice-based learning opportunities.

An approach to empower, enthuse and enable aspiring health and social care students to secure and establish their first senior post within health and social care.

About the author

Dr Mark Wareing has taught students in many areas of health and social care. This has enabled him to develop an interest in work-based and practice-based learning and to publish research on mentoring and the lived experience of work-based learners. Mark completed his nurse training at the Birmingham College of Nurse Education and held a number of posts before establishing the specialist urological nursing service in North Oxfordshire as a clinical nurse specialist employed by the Department of Urology in Oxford. From 2004 until March 2015 Mark was an educational facilitator and then senior lecturer in health and social care at Birmingham City University. He is now Director of Practice Learning within the Department of Healthcare Practice at the University of Bedfordshire. Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds academic associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.


Work-based learning, health care, social care.


Trainee assistant practitioners, assistant practitioners, senior support workers, healthcare assistants, health, social care and nursing undergraduates. Also, workplace mentors, assessors, clinical learning facilitators, and lecturers in further and higher education.

ISBN: 9781856425087