Online supervisor and assessor course

Welcome to the Online Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor course

The NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (2018) require that registrants who facilitate learning and assess students must be prepared for these roles.

In collaboration with our placement provider partners and the University of Essex, we have developed workshops to prepare you to become a Practice Supervisor and, if requested to do so by your employer, a Practice Assessor.

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 (NMC 2018).

A Practice Assessor is a NMC registrant who conducts assessments to confirm student achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning (NMC 2018).

Both will work closely together and staff will begin to transition to these new roles from September 2019.

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs)

The workshops will also be suitable for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered ODPs who wish to support student nurses and midwives as a Practice Supervisor. The Practice Assessor workshop will prepare registered ODPs to assess student ODPs.

About the online Practice Supervisor/Assessor course

The course is divided into two parts, at the end of which you will be able to generate and download a certificate of completion.

Practice Supervisors will only complete part one.

Practice Assessors will need to complete both parts.

Before accessing the course

  • Confirm with your employer what session/course(s) you are required to complete and seek authorisation to undertake the course(s).
  • Confirm with your employer the timeframe in which they expect you to complete all the learning activity.
  • Identify if there is additional training within the organisation to accompany the course(s).
  • Confirm required evidence with your employer; evidence could include one or more of the following: Screen shots of quiz results/ certificate/workbook? Who in your organisation do you submit this evidence to?

If you have any queries or feedback about this information, please contact Claudine Wetherall at Anglia Ruskin University: claudine.wetherall@anglia.ac.uk.

To access the course

Visit the course homepage using the links below which will open in a new window, then carefully follow the on-screen instructions:
Part One: Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessors: http://anglia-ruskin-university.learnworlds.com/course?courseid=pspaworkshops

Part Two: Practice Assessor: http://anglia-ruskin-university.learnworlds.com/course?courseid=pawork
Please make sure that you have the facility to listen to audio content and are able to take screenshots and download materials as required.

Please make sure that you have the facility to listen to audio content and are able to take screenshots and download materials as required.

Information for current mentors wishing to complete the online mentor update

All current mentors are still required to undertake triennial review and complete an annual mentor update until September 2019 when the new NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (SSSA) will be implemented.

If you are supporting, or will be supporting, a student nurse or midwife before September 2019 it is essential that you remain current with your triennial review and annual mentor update. Attending a Practice Supervisor and Assessor face to face workshop within your organisation, which will include information on the new NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (SSSA), will constitute as an annual update.

Alternatively, completing one or more sessions in Part One of the above online Practice Supervisor/Assessor course will also constitute as an annual update. We would suggest the Introduction to Professional Body Standards Session and Session Three –Coaching or Session Five-Feedback. You must contact the education lead from your organisation to seek permission to undertake the online activities and agree what sessions you need to complete for the update and the evidence you are required to submit.

Online Mentor Update

Please note that the update website will no longer be active.