The role is supported by Placement Learning Tutors with formal training and on-going support. Staff can also be supported in applying for access to the College of Radiographers Practice Educator register as part of their CPD activity by undertaking the university's CPD module title 'Learning and Teaching for Practice' or 'Learning and Teaching for Practice (Distance Learning)'.
The Therapeutic Radiography (RONC) academic team have developed the SHU Training for Clinical Staff Supporting Learners in Practice as a SHU Radiotherapy Mentorship resource. This can be accessed here.
The following Core areas must be included in all Mentor/Practice Educator updates:
- HCPC professional standards, including new Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
- 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
Assessors are clinical colleagues that have specifically applied for the role as a Student Assessor and facilitate the Vivas undertaken within the clinical modules.
Initial training is delivered by the Placement Learning Tutor; they then sit in on a Viva facilitated by an experienced member of staff and have an opportunity to discuss processes and outcomes. Finally they then deliver a Viva supervised by their Placement Learning Tutor or experienced Student Assessor.
Student Assessors are required to update their knowledge and skills once per annum, this can include update training or moderation of a Viva by the Placement Learning Tutor.