Practice support for Midwifery
This page provides an overview of the differing roles in supporting our student midwives undertaking the BSc. Hons Midwifery course in clinical practice settings. If you are interested in taking more of an active role in student learning and assessment you will be able to find details about our role preparation opportunities, the documentation we use to assess students in practice and the placement support we offer.
Practice Supervisor (PS)
Practice supervisors must be registered with a professional regulator such as the NMC, GMC or HCPC. The practice supervisor can be a registered health and social care professional working in a practice environment. They have been prepared and supported to take up their role and have up-to–date knowledge and experience relevant to the student they are supervising.
All nurses and midwives in any practice learning environment should be able to act as a practice supervisor. Health and social care professionals who are not registered with a professional regulator cannot be practice supervisors.
If you are keen to support Pre-registration Midwifery student's learning in practice, you will need to complete some training in preparation for this role that comprises of ½ day eLearning and ½ day workshop.
Practice Assessor (PA)
Being a Practice Assessor is an important role in determining pre-registration midwifery student's competence to be a Registered Midwife. To be a Practice Assessor you will have expressed a keen interest to your manager and /or have been nominated by your Trust or organisation to attend a programme of preparation. This preparation is set out against the new NMC (2018) Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment and comprises of one day eLearning activity and one day workshop, to find out more information please see attached flyer.
Academic Assessors (AA)
Academic assessors will be employed by the University and will have completed a PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (or equivalent) and/or Higher Education Academy Fellowship. Academic assessors will also be involved in the delivery of the programme for which they are acting as an academic assessor. They will therefore have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the programme. All nursing and midwifery academics are required to contribute to the support of student’s completing practice learning experiences.
AA’s monitor the progress of their allocated student across theory and practice learning settings. This information forms part of discussions between PA and AA. The role of assessing a student for progression is the responsibility of the AA and PA, working together.
Mentors Updating to new SSSA Roles
If you are a Mentor to Pre-registration Midwifery students, you will be required to attend a mentor update within your current Trust or Organisation to enable you to convert from your current role of Mentor or Sign Off Mentor to a Practice Supervisor and / or Practice Assessor. Students experiences and learning depend upon the support you provide them in practice, for mentor updates pertinent to your practice placement area please contact your Practice Facilitator / Education team for further information and dates.
We offer our students a range of placements predominantly across the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire with additional placement opportunities in neighbouring counties. The Work Based Learning Support Office (WBLSO) work with placement partners to plan, arrange and record student placements across several different courses within two of the university schools: The Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, and the School of Allied Health and Community. The WBLSO Placement Support pages contain contact information and instructions on accessing the placement allocations software, ARC.
Each of our placement areas are supported by Practice Facilitators or Educators (PF’s) these are staff who are employed by the practice placement organisations and work closely with our University staff to ensure that students are supported during their practice learning experiences by appropriately prepared staff.
Any concerns in Practice about student's welfare and/or performance should be escalated using our Speaking up - raising concerns and managing student issues in practice algorithm.