Student practice supervision and assessment resource centre

Welcome to your Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor resource for health professionals, registered nurses and midwives who support learners in practice. This section enables you to Identify and review professional standards for supporting, supervising and assessing learning in practice (HCPC 2017, NMC 2018). There are signposts throughout to further reading or study. Reflect on your current role in supervising and assessing students.

Practice supervisor is a registered health care professional (nurse, midwife, allied health professional, registered nursing associate) or other, who works with the student enabling their learning and provides feedback and evidence of the student’s attainment and development to their designated assessor.

Supervisors need to be prepared to understand the programme and assessment requirements.

Practice assessor is a registered health care professional on the same part of the NMC register as the student they are designated to assess. They are required to complete the student’s assessment process and together with the designated academic assessor make decisions about the student’s proficiency and progression from one stage of the programme to the next (at the end of the year). An assessor is normally designated for each placement experience or the whole year.

Assessors need to undertake preparation for their role to:

  • understand the programme and assessment requirements
  • be on the employer/university Assessor Register
  • maintain their proficiency and CPD through regular assessor updates and revalidation.

Academic assessor is required to be on the same part of the NMC register as the students they are designated to assess. They are required collaboratively with the designated practice assessor to make decisions about proficiency and progression of the student form one stage to the next. The student will have a different academic assessor for each stage of the programme.

Practice Educators (Mentors) in Allied Health Professions

Will have undertaken a short preparation course to prepare them for the role for their individual profession. They must:

  • have relevant knowledge, skills and experience to support safe and effective learning and, unless other arrangements are appropriate, must be on the relevant part of the Register
  • undertake regular training which is appropriate to their role, learners’ needs and the delivery of the learning outcomes of the programme (HCPC, 2017).