Benefits to the supervisor
Placements help to engage the wider team, improve practice and support the wider workforce agenda. For nurses, it is part of the NMC code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates (2015):
9 Share your skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of people receiving care and your colleagues
To achieve this, you must ‘support students’ and colleagues’ learning to help them develop their professional competence and confidence’
Being a supervisor is a rewarding experience and is a very useful way of keeping up to date with your own professional development, and it often provides opportunities for quality improvement in your place of work.
Benefits to the student
In line with the NHS Long Term Plan Primary care is undergoing huge change with the formation of Primary Care Networks (PCNs’) and the introduction of new roles. A placement will offer students the opportunity to be at the forefront of this giving the opportunity to fully understand the changing landscape in the NHS. It is also a great way to see, and be a part of, the general practice team and have an insight of the local population health needs within Surrey Heartlands.
Students will be able to observe, assist and undertake a multitude of interventions contributing to the well-being of the patients. Involvement with the wider multi-disciplinary team will be valuable in augmenting evidence required for all learning domains and will supplement the knowledge of many long term conditions, their symptoms, treatment and management.
In a primary care setting, there will be opportunities to learn about physical, mental and emotional health across all age ranges and healthcare spectrums, providing a platform to develop an holistic patient approach to health care. By experiencing this environment, the student will be able to work with patients and carers more closely and therefore will require excellent interpersonal skills and full usage of the 6 C’s.
Depending on the programme of study; they will be allocated a practice supervisor, practice assessor or mentor who will support you whilst on placement to achieve your learning outcomes.
Is there any funding to support placement activity?
Health Education England recognise the importance of placements in Primary care and offer a placement tariff to practices supporting this initiative.
What support does the Training Hub provide for preparing practices to take on students?
If you would like to support a student on a clinical practice placement, please do contact the Surrey Training Hub and we can help to facilitate this and support you. The Learning Environment Leads have close working relationships with our local Universities to help ensure students get a great learning experience and can work with you to identify the range and breadth of learning opportunities in your practice. We also offer a student orientation and information pack for general practice available to download from our website.
For nurses who have a previous ‘mentor’ qualification, we can ensure you are up to date with all the information from the NMC regarding Practice Assessor (PA) and Practice Supervisor (PS) changes (SLIP updates).
For nurses who would like to support students but do not have a ‘mentor/PS/PA’ qualification, training is available through our PS and PA workshops.
For more information about student placements, please contact Kelly Slavin, Apprenticeship & Student Placement Manager: email@example.com
Covid – 19 :
We are aware these are challenging times. Please be reassured that all students in a clinical placement area have been risk assessed by their university and a placement in General Practice can offer a wide range of learning opportunities during this time.