1. ROLES AND RESPONSIBiliTIES
As the Assessor you have a fundamental role in educating and assessing the student. The generic nature of the module content will facilitate students to apply their knowledge and understanding to safely prescribe within their own area of practice specialty. This will be further developed with the support and guidance from you. Your student will evidence their work to be at level 6 or 7 through their written assignments marked by the NMP academic teaching team. The clinical placement assessment documentation is the same for all students, and thus, there is no need for yourself to differentiate between levels 6 and 7.
You are responsible for:
- Establishing a Learning Contact with your student.
- Documenting progress on two occasions during supervised practice and provide any additional opportunities if required to achieve outcomes in a timely manner.
- Planning a learning programme with your student, which will provide the opportunity for them to meet their learning outcomes and gain competency in prescribing.
- Facilitating learning by encouraging critical thinking and reflection.
- Providing dedicated time and opportunities for your student to observe how you conduct a consultation/interview with patients/ clients and /or parents/carers and the development of a management plan.
- Allowing opportunities for your student to carry out consultations and suggest clinical management and prescribing options, which are then discussed with you.
- Helping to ensure that your student integrates theory with practice.
- Taking opportunities to allow in-depth discussion and analysis of clinical management using random case analysis approach, when patient/client care and prescribing behaviour can be examined further.
- Facilitating, observing and assessing your students’ performance over the continuous period of supervised practice.
- Assessing and verifying that, by the end of the course, your student is competent to assume the prescribing role. It is your responsibility to decide whether or not they are making satisfactory progress towards meeting the practice outcomes for non-medical prescribing. This decision will be based upon whether or not the practice outcomes have been met. If during the practice days students are deemed by yourself to be failing to make sufficient progress towards achievement of these outcomes you should inform both the student and programme in order to consider if strategies can be put in place to support your student.
- Identifying and documenting any cause for concern’, for example, concerns regarding competence acquisition, or conduct, or unsafe practice, and discuss at the earliest possible stage with the programme lead. Unsafe practice can for example include repeated episodes of making incorrect diagnosis, recommending incorrect treatment options or incorrect completion of prescriptions.
Practice supervisors must be health-care professionals currently registered with the NMC, GMC, GPhC or HCPC. Health and social care workers who are not registered with a professional body cannot be practice supervisors. Please note that within the new NMC guidance regarding assessment and supervision for nurses and midwives, the assessor and supervisor roles have been separated, unless in exceptional circumstances.
Practice supervisors may not be required to undertake ‘formal’ training, although they should be suitably prepared for undertaking this role. For example, many supervisors will already be highly trained and experienced in supporting students.
In your position as an Assessor, in partnership with the University, you must feel confident that any supervisor fully understands the learning outcomes that the student is trying to achieve, and only accept evidence around student competence from individuals whom you deem to possess the appropriate and up-to-date knowledge and skills to support an NMP student.
As further guidance around supervision of NMP students is published, this will be shared with you by the NMP Programme Lead. Proficiencies embedded within the new undergraduate curriculum will ensure that all Nurses and Midwives will be able to be assessors and supervisors in future.
We have produced some information for NMP supervisors which is available in the Assessor Handbook. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you or any potential supervisors have any further questions. Information regarding the new NMC standards:
The student’s role is to take responsibility for their own learning and demonstrate a willingness to develop both academically and in practice. They will be expected to articulate their learning needs, undertake honest self-assessment, and also seek and accept formative feedback from you. Your student will need to recognise and appraise their own abilities and limitations.
If at any time you or your student has any difficulties with this process, the student’s personal tutor or the Programme Lead is available for clarification. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order that we can either arrange to visit or clarify issues over the phone. As each student has individual needs and the amount of support they require will vary, it is crucial that a learning contract is written and is reviewed by you and the student at least fortnightly. If a student is concerned that they are unable to gain the experience required to meet their learning needs, they have been advised that they should in the first instance discuss this with you. If the problem persists, they should then raise the concern with their personal tutor. Similarly, if you have any concerns regarding a student’s ability to meet the learning outcomes of the programme and in particular the competencies, the same process should take place. Throughout the taught component there will be opportunities to discuss issues in practice and peer discussion may assist students in meeting their learning needs.
If you are concerned a student is not making steady progress, or you have concerns about unsafe practice you should arrange a meeting between yourself, the personal tutor and the student. It is our intention to support students in practice so as to enable them to become competent and safe prescribers.
General / student support
Your contribution in relation to providing supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in practice is crucial within the learner’s minimum of 90 hours in practice, whilst undertaking the programme. This need not constitute direct personal supervision of all of the hours, but will require:
- Dedicated time and opportunities for your student to observe how you conduct a “consultation/interview” with patients and / or carers, and the development of a subsequent management plan.
- Opportunities to allow in-depth discussion and analysis of clinical management using a random case analysis approach, when patient care and prescribing behaviour can be examined further.
- Facilitate student learning by encouraging critical thinking and reflection with the use of their Practice Portfolio or Learning Log.
- Opportunities for your student to carry out consultations and suggest clinical management and prescribing options, which are then discussed with you.
It is recognised that the demands of the module are challenging and that the intensity of the assessment is demanding. The programme team will provide substantial support to students both in academic and pastoral capacity. Students who require additional support will be signposted to the most appropriate student support services.