Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors for staff
Assessment (for Staff)
Prior to placement, the LEM for your area will allocate each student to a Practice Assessor. As an assessor, this individual will be responsible for monitoring, assessing and supporting the student's progression through this placement. The time that this person spends working alongside the student must be restricted and must be used to observe their progression, rather than to teach/gather evidence. For each placement, the student will require an initial, midpoint and final interview. At the initial interview, the goals for the placement must be set, through discussion with yourself and the student, in conjunction with the placement area and your university’s proficiencies. The allocated Practice Assessor must be the individual to check and signs off the student's proficiencies.
The Practice Assessor
If you, as a member of staff, have a professional registration, you may be expected to work alongside our student nurses during their placements. Students must use the time spent with you to meet specific learning objectives. They may have an idea of what they wish to achieve before approaching you and will likely ask for evidence to show what they have observed/discussed/practiced. Obtaining this evidence is the responsibility of the student, who will either ask you for a written testimony or may ask you to look at and agree on their own reflection of this. You may also wish to give verbal feedback to their Practice Assessor (see above).
The Practice Supervisor
Prior to placement, a student nurse will be allocated an Academic Assessor. This individual will be a university-based member of staff who will act as a consistent point-of-contact over each year of study. Regular contact will be maintained between the Academic Assessor and Practice Assessor to keep track of the progression of their students and to provide support for any issues that may arise. Any learning evidence gathered by the student will also be overseen and verified by this individual (either directly or remotely).
The Academic Assessor
In order to prove that they have met the proficiencies set by their university, student nurses will be required to provide evidence to their Practice Assessor at the interview stages of placement. This evidence can take many forms, including written testimony, reflective accounts, verbal testimony & direct question/answer sessions. The responsibility for obtaining this evidence will be the student’s. If there are any concerns with the gathered evidence (i.e. inaccuracies, no link to proficiencies, insubstantial), the students should then be supported by their Practice Assessor to improve this.
On occasion, it will be beneficial for the student’s learning to observe/work alongside members of staff that do not possess a professional registration (e.g. HCAs). If a team member is not a member of a professional body, they will be unable to access/write in the student documentation. In this case, any evidence obtained (either written or verbal) must be given to a Supervisor or Assessor to verify and add to the student’s record.