Preparing for learners

Preparing the environment for learners

If you have visited this section before then review any actions or activities you initiated. Is there anything more you could do? How do you prepare your area team to receive learners?

Preparation for student placements

What makes a good placement?

Key principles

A named mentor/PPE should be allocated prior to the student’s commencement, with an allocated back up or co-mentor. Students should arrange to meet their mentor prior to commencement.

An introduction package/student package should be available and be updated on a regular basis to include such things as:

  • profile of the team/staff and their special interests
  • contact details
  • times of duties, reporting sickness or absence
  • type of placement: specialities, patient/client group
  • expected learning outcomes
  • learning opportunities with other disciplines related to the placement for students to shadow, or patient pathways both in and out of your team to gain an understanding of inter-professional working and insight into the patient experience
  • specialist information
  • a resource list
  • recommended reading.

This can be placed on your placement profile on the PEP site.

Best practice

  • plan a meeting with the student in the first week to set timeframes to meet formative and summative assessment requirements
  • ensure you are aware of the students’ stage in training
  • ensure you are aware of any special needs of the student
  • ensure you understand the placement objectives and the assessment documentation
  • agree a timetable for working together and for assessment meetings
  • establish roles, responsibilities and expectations in terms of standards and attitudes
  • ensure that the student knows who will be supervising them in the absence of the mentor/PPE
  • ensure they are supervised by a registered health care professional when undertaking clinical skills.