Practice Educator Preparation and Support

Practice Educator Preparation and Support

Practice Educator Course and Updates

Practice Educator Course

The Practice Educator 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. 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 for 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 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 and your request will be passed to the physiotherapy academic team at HWLS.

Practice Educator Updates

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

The following Core areas must be included in all Practice Educator 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 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 Courses and Updates

To book on to one of the Practice Educator Courses or Updates, please contact for advice.

Degree Apprenticeship - resources to support the role of the Work Based Mentor

Work Based Mentor Website - this site contains resources designed to support the role of the Work Based Mentor who is supporting students on the Degree Apprenticeship route.