Practice Assessor (PA)
All students on an NMC approved programme will be assigned to a nominated practice assessor to conduct assessments and confirm student achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning. Student assessments must be evidence based, robust and objective. Practice assessors must make timely assessments and confirmation of proficiency based on an understanding of student achievements across theory and practice, providing assurance of student achievements and competence.
A Practice Assessor cannot be the practice supervisor for the same student at any time.
Practice Assessor Roles and responsibilities
Maintain current knowledge and expertise relevant for the proficiencies and programme outcomes they are assessing and will receive ongoing support to fulfil their roles
Make and record objective, evidenced-based assessments on conduct, proficiency and achievement, drawing on student records, direct observations, student self-reflection, and other resources
Periodically observe the student and gather feedback from Practice Supervisors and others relevant people, in order to inform decisions for assessment and progression
Work in partnership with the nominated Academic Assessor to evaluate student proficiency and make recommendations for the students' progression for each part of the programme.
To become 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
experience within the practice placement setting
up-to-date knowledge and experience relevant to the student they are assessing
Practice Assessor Preparation
Practice assessors are required to undertake relevant training to effectively conduct objective, evidence-based assessments of students, provide constructive feedback to facilitate professional development in others, and have knowledge of the assessment process and their role within it. Practice Assessor Preparation is offered at the University of Worcester and, as per the attached programme, it takes the form of 1 day eLearning and 1 day face to face workshop.