Mentor and Supervisor Preparation and Support

Student Supervisor and Assessor (post-2018 NMC Standards)

Please read if you are a student nurse or a supervisor/assessor of student nurses on programmes that commenced during or after September 2019: 

Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment (NMC, May 2018)

Preparation of Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor roles - PAN-Midlands, Yorkshire and East (for new BSc Nursing programme starting September 2019)

The PAN-Midlands, Yorkshire and East Practice Learning Group (MYEPLG) website was launched in early 2019.  The emerging resource of information hosts the regional work on the implementation of the Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor roles, the PAN MYEPAD and the Academic Assessor role.  This site includes the latest version of the Core Mentor Update (with voiceover) for use in link areas and a quiz.  The address is

Mentorship (pre-2018 NMC Standards

Please read if you are a student nurse or a mentor supporting student nurses on programmes that commenced before September 2019:

Below are several documents aimed at mentors to support mentorship.  

Roles of the sign-off Mentor 

Am I eligible to be a Mentor or a sign-off Mentor?

NMC Mentor standards

The mentor Preparation modules offered by Sheffield Hallam University can be undertaken to help mentors prepare via distance learning. A MSc level and a non credit bearing option is available:

Mentor Preparation for the Health Professions (NMC approved) - Level 7

Mentor Preparation for the Health Professions (NMC approved) - non-credit bearing

Documents related to the courses can be found below:

Practice portfolio documentation

Supervisor handbook

Mentor Updates

The core areas that all SHU mentor updates must include and which should be very clearly communicated are:

  • Update with NMC professional standards
  • Understand the students' programme
  • Understand assessment process that occurs in practice
  • Understand process to follow when a student is failing to progress
  • Know how to access placement information websites for key information and SHU contacts
  • Know how to access placement information websites for key information about support available to them in their role in supporting the students
  • Know SHU placement learning policies are housed on the SHU placement learning websites and know processes for escalation of concerns, and
  • The essential need for the placement provider to communicate with the university about any incidents or accidents or concerns.

It is your professional responsibility as a mentor to undertake an annual update and complete a three yearly triennial review declaration to comply with NMC Standards to support learning and assessment in practice. Please seek advice from your LEM or Link Lecturer on how to do this locally. Attendance at face to face mentor updates, for example updates provided by the Link Lecturer, can be recorded contemporaneously on the Mentor Update Attendance Record. This attendance record can then be used as evidence for updating individual mentor records on the Local Register of mentors. The placement provider is normally responsible for ensuring that the Local Register of mentors is updated according to NMC standards, and this is usually a task delegated to Learning Environment Managers (LEM). For small scale providers of placements, the Link Lecturer will support maintenance of the Local Register in line with NMC standards and arrangements with Sheffield Hallam University.

It is important that you maintain and can provide evidence of your annual update for your triennial review and to meet NMC standards for continuing professional development. You can either use documents provided by your employer e.g. if you work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust documents are provided, OR make use of the Mentor Passport provided here. If you need additional pages to record your reflections, please download as many copies of the Mentor Update Reflection Sheet as you require.

In order to provide evidence that you meet current NMC Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice, you may find it helpful to use the Sheffield Hallam University Mentor Mapping Tool. The Mapping of Personal Development against the NMC Mentor Standards document provides some examples of activities that you may undertake to demonstrate achievement of the mentor standards. These are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive.

Resources for Mentors: Nursing

The Mentor Conference is an annual conference organised jointly between The Nursing and Midwifery Department, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is sponsored by Sheffield Hospitals Charity. You can use the materials to support your annual mentor update.  Please fill in the reflection sheet, showing what you have learned from using the materials. Show this to your Learning Environment Manager (LEM) in order to promote discussion about your role as a mentor.  Once you have completed your annual mentor update, your LEM will be able to ensure that your record is updated on the local Register of Mentors.

2019 Annual Mentor Conference resources

2018 Annual Mentor Conference resources

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