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Practice Educator and Mentor (Degree Apprenticeship) Preparation and Support

Practice Educator and Mentor (Degree Apprenticeship) Preparation and Support

Practice Educator and Mentor Course and Updates

Practice Educator and Mentor (Degree Apprenticeship) Course

The Practice Educator and Mentor course will suit clinicians with a minimum of 18 months experience, or who have shared student supervision, or clinicians who have not been involved in practice education for several years.

This is a two days course, comprising an initial day 1 and a follow-up day 2, 6 months later. Participants are expected to have supervised a student in the interim. The course explores the role and skills of the practice educator or mentor. Participants will be sent an electronic workbook, prior to attending day 1, and this document will be used throughout the course. On day 2 the entries you have made in your workbook, specifically relating to your reflections of your experience of working with a student on placement, will be peer assessed on the day.

Who can attend the course?

Candidates will be qualified, physiotherapists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and will have been practising for a minimum of 18 months (a slightly shorter period in practise may be considered by the physiotherapy academic team - please contact ahptraining@shu.ac.ukfor further information).

This online course will suit practising physiotherapists who have little or no experience of working with physiotherapy students on placement. This also includes physiotherapists who have had experience of working with physiotherapy students but have not been able to do so for some time and would like to attend a structured programme of training arranged and delivered by academic staff of the Physiotherapy Team at the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences (HWLS), Sheffield Hallam University.

Please note that the Physiotherapy Practice Educator and Mentor Course is mainly aimed at practising physiotherapists working within NHS Trusts, or organisations from the private/voluntary sectors where the Professional Placements Team at HWLS place the College's physiotherapy students as an integral part of their degree programme.

As a guide our student placement area is Yorkshire and the Humber and East Midlands regions. On the whole we have placements in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham, Lincoln and Leicester. If you are outside this area, and wish to attend the course, please email ahptraining@shu.ac.uk and your request will be passed to the physiotherapy academic team at HWLS.

Practice Educator and Mentor (Degree Apprenticeship) Updates

It is recommended that practice educators and mentors attend an update every 2 years.
The practice educator  and mentor updates will take place online until further notice.

The following Core areas must be included in all Practice Educator and Mentor updates:

  • HCPC professional standards, including new SCPE
  • Overview of the students' university programme
  • Assessment process that occurs in practice
  • Process to follow when a student is failing to progress
  • How to access placement information websites for key information and SHU contacts
  • How to access placement information websites for key information about support available to Mentors/Practice Educators/Supervisors in their role in supporting the students
  • Where SHU placement learning policies are housed on the SHU placement learning websites
  • 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

Table of dates for Practice Educator and Mentor Courses and Updates

To book on to one of the Practice Educator and Mentor Courses or Updates, please contact ahptraining@shu.ac.uk for advice.

Resources for Practice Educators and Mentors

Physiotherapy Practice Educator and Mentor update 2020-2021

Please Note Slide 6 is included for the information of Practice Educators and Mentors who are not familiar with the new Yorkshire and Humber region placement information site PARE.  Please note that PPQA is no longer available

Degree Apprenticeship

Degree Apprenticeship Mentor site - This site contains resources designed to help practice educators who are supporting students on the Degree Apprenticeship route.

Presentations from Practice Educator Conferences

Practice Educator Conference - 2021 [online]

Presentations from the 2021 Practice Educator Conference have been shared with our local placement providers. We advise Practice Educators who wish to update and who were unable to attend the 2021 conference to contact the Placement Coordinator in their employing organisation to access the conference presentations.

Practice Educator Conference - 25 June 2019

We are pleased to share presentations from the Practice Educator Conference, held on 25 June 2019, with you to support you in your continuing professional development.

Conference Timetable (PDF, 48.9KB)
The Changing Context For Student Education (PDF, 347.6KB)
Supporting Students who are Struggling on Placement (PDF, 2.3MB)
Role Emerging Placements (PDF, 11.5MB)
Non-NHS Placements (PDF, 2.4MB)
If it wasn't for my Placement Educator (PDF, 428.4KB)

Practice Educator Conference - 21 June 2018

We are pleased to share presentations from the 2018 Practice Educator Conference with you, to support you in your continuing professional development.

Promoting the Future of Our Profession (PDF, 533.4KB)
Practice Viewed Through the Lens of the Student (PDF, 215KB)
Resilience and the Healthcare Student (PDF, 1.2MB)
Supporting International Students on Placement (PDF, 844.4KB)
Integrated Care Curriculum (PDF, 170.1KB)
Degree Level Apprenticeships (PDF, 929.4KB)
Demystifying Technology (PDF, 3.6MB)

Screencasts

The course team has provided the following screencasts to support practice educators who are supervising and assessing physiotherapy students in practice placements

  • Sheffield Hallam University Physiotherapy Placements Assessment Process 2020/21
  • Sheffield Hallam University Physiotherapy Placements: Covid-19 - How to meet the learning outcomes
  • Sheffield Hallam University Physiotherapy Placements Paperwork Screencast. This screencast was created to support Practice Educators and students during the Covid-19 Pandemic and is still relevant..

Thank you for supporting our students.

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