Findings and Observations
Many of the programmes at Birmingham City University lead to awards which lead to registration with a PSRB (Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body). These PSRBs lay down requirements in the form of stated competencies or learning outcomes which form the basis of the design for programmes which seek to offer a route to professional registration.
- “In the case of healthcare programmes, they’re largely dictated to by the statutory and professional bodies – in terms of what the content should be”
However, it is recognised that the constraints placed upon designers of programmes by PSRBs should not lead to a situation whereby the ‘professional agenda’ eclipses the responsibility of staff to develop the most effective and engaging programmes.
- “If you see yourself as an educator who is helping someone to develop into a practitioner at the end of the day, you might have a more flexible approach to the way that occurs”