Information for Practice Educators
The NMC Standards for Student Supervision & Assessment (2019) require that registrants who facilitate learning and assess students must be prepared for these roles. This page is designed to provide up-to-date information for practice educators, or staff members who wish to move into practice educator roles.
ONLINE TRAINING MATERIALS FOR PRACTICE EDUCATORS
A set of online training materials for Practice Educators has been developed by Anglia Ruskin University and can be accessed for free at the links below. You will need to register for an account and you need the facility to listen to audio content/ download materials. On completion you will be able to generate and download a certificate of completion for Revalidation purposes.
PRACTICE SUPERVISOR TRAINING
A Practice Supervisor is a registered healthcare professional, who supports and supervises students, providing feedback on their progress towards, and achievement of, proficiencies and skills. To undertake the online Practice Supervisor course, click the link below and carefully follow the on-screen instructions.
PRACTICE ASSESSOR TRAINING
A Practice Assessor is a NMC registrant who conducts assessments to confirm student achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning (NMC 2019.) To undertake the Practice Assessor course, click the link below and carefully follow the on-screen instructions:
TRANSITION FROM ‘MENTOR’ TO SUPERVISOR/ ASSESSOR TRAINING
If you trained as a Mentor under the pre-2019 NMC standards, there are several changes that you need to be aware of. Some of these key changes are:
- The term ‘Mentor’ will no longer be used and the NMC SLAiP Standards (2008) will cease to apply
- The traditional role of a Mentor will change and be replaced by Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor roles
- The Sign-Off Mentor role will cease to exist
- Triennial review will no longer be a requirement
- The 40% Mentor-Student contact requirement will be removed
- Practice Assessors will not be able to assess their own students
- Support of students will officially be the responsibility of every registered practitioner (NMC Code 2018)
To transition to the new NMC standards and become a Practice Supervisor/Practice Assessor, you must attend a face-to-face or online Transition Update and self-declare that you have had this Update on the new PARE placement database. To find out how to access Transition training:
ONLINE PARE (PRACTICE ASSESSMENT RECORD & EVALUATION)
PARE is a cloud-based healthcare placement quality monitoring tool funded by Health Education England, designed for online student assessment & evaluation of practice experiences. If you are a Practice Educator (trained Supervisor/Assessor/Mentor), you should already be registered with the PARE online system and you will have received an email asking you to activate your PARE online account. If you have not received an email to activate your account or if you need to be added to the system, please contact us.
You will either be registered as an Educator or a Placement Education Facilitator (PEF.) Placement Education Facilitators have user rights to update records for their practice team. To view a detailed guide to PARE for Practice Educators, please:
CORE MENTOR UPDATE
The Pan-Midlands, Yorkshire & East Practice Learning Group Core Mentor Update (2019) contains a useful overview of the main changes to the NMC standards for Supervision & Assessment. Click on the image below to visit the page. The Core Mentor Update takes approximately 25 minutes to view and you can complete a short quiz afterwards which generates a certificate for Revalidation purposes.
MYE-PAD (PRACTICE ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT)
This Practice Assessment Document has been developed to ensure that student nurses are prepared to successfully meet the Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (NMC 2018) at the point of registration. The PAD details the level of performance that students are required to demonstrate at the end of each Part (Year) as below:
- By the end of Part (Year) 1: guided participation in care and performing with increasing confidence and competence
- By the end of Part (Year) 2: active participation in care with minimal guidance and performing with increased confidence and competence
- By the end of Part (Year) 3: practising independently with minimal supervision and leading/ co-ordinating care with confidence
Click below to download a detailed guide to using the PAD:
UNIVERSITY RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE SUPERVISORS/ ASSESSORS
Sheffield Hallam University has a Placement Learning area for nursing which contains advice, guidance and resources for Practice Supervisors/ Assessors. It has information on assessment (including a PebblePad support site) and downloadable guidance on failure to progress on placement, as well as a Policy Library. Click the image below to visit the site:
Click below to download a printable contacts list of Sheffield Hallam Link Lecturers/ Training Hub Lead contacts for your Place area: