It is recognised that the contribution of the supervisory team in providing supervision, support and opportunities to develop mastery and competence in a specialist area of advanced practice is crucial.
Support for key personnel should be provided by the educational institute delivering the programme in the form of workshops, supportive literature and regular dialogue.
Key personnel who will be supporting and assessing students in practice include:
Consultant Surgeon Supervisors have a responsibility to:
While on the course, the role of the mentor, defined by the Royal College of Surgeons (2014) as a ‘senior hospital professional – registered professional with suitable background to support trainee SCP’, in the curriculum framework, will be applied.
Mentors have a responsibility to:
Educational supervisors have a responsibility to:
A number of other professionals are involved in supporting students in practice:
Education champions are Anglia Ruskin University academics who play a key role in establishing and maintaining effective communication links between the University, the clinical provider and other stakeholders such as Health Education East of England. In addition, they co-ordinate the educational audit process and chair the Practice Education Committee meetings every two months with the key education leads from your organisation. These meetings follow a standard agenda and include a review of student and mentor evaluations as well as external reviews such as the CQC.
Education champions work closely with the healthcare organisation/independent sector education lead and clinical learning leads to provide support such as drop-in surgeries and link visits. Find contact details for your education champion.
These are students' personal and academic tutors. Their name and contact details can be found on the student’s module guide. The role of personal tutors is vital in the progress of students' journey on the course; they assist in the exploration of the theoretical perspectives from each module and, in the classroom setting, help to prepare students to begin to relate theory to practical application. Personal tutors act as academic mentors and are fully involved in any personal or disciplinary factors which may impact on students' progress on the course. They also visit their students while they are in their practice placement.