From September 2019 the process by which students are supervised and assessed in placements aligns to the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment. The NMC provide a range of supporting information on their website to help nurses, supervisors, assessors and students understand the new roles and responsibilities. As an NMC registrant you should familiarise yourself with these standards even if you are not directly involved in supervision and assessment.
The University of Essex work in close collaboration with practice placement providers and other universities in the region to ensure that the practice-based experiences for students, supervisors and assessors is effective, and that information to support you is consistent.
Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor roles and preparation
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 student may work with several practice supervisors during a placement.
A Practice Assessor is a NMC registrant who conducts assessments to confirm student achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning (NMC 2018). The student will have one practice assessor for a placement or set of placements, who will assess the student’s progress.
In order to undertake the roles of Practice Supervisor or Practice Assessor, the NMC expect that you will have been appropriately prepared. In collaboration with practice placement providers and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) we have developed workshops to prepare you for these roles.
To access the preparation workshops click here.
To prepare for the role of Practice Supervisor you will need to complete the workshops in Part One
To prepare for the role of Practice Assessor you will need to complete the workshops in Parts One and Two.
Before undertaking the workshops:
Confirm with your employer which role you need to prepare for;
- Confirm with your employer what evidence (e.g. certificate, workbook) they require that you have completed the appropriate preparation;
- Identify if there is any additional requirements that your employer expects.