Supporting Mentors and Students in Practice: Who's Who

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As a mentor, you hold a current registration or professional qualification. If you are a nurse or midwife, you have completed an NMC approved Mentor Preparation Programme.

This is a key role in the support and development of students in training. It is important that students are supervised by mentors who are positive role models and who embrace the values of the NHS constitution. The quality of mentorship will very often determine the quality of a student's work based experience. It is your role to maintain professional credibility and, through working with students, to use your knowledge to supervise, advise and assess them.

Education Champions

Education Champions are Anglia Ruskin University academics play a key role in establishing and maintaining effective communication links between the University, the clinical provider and other stakeholders such as Health Education East of England. In addition, they co-ordinate the educational audit process and chair the Practice Education Committee meetings every two months with the key education leads from your organisation. These meetings follow a standard agenda and include a review of student and mentor evaluations as well as external reviews such as the CQC.

Education Champions work closely with the Healthcare Organisation/Independent Sector Education Lead and Practice Education Facilitators to provide support such as drop-in surgeries and link visits. As such, their contact details and planned visit dates are published in the clinical areas

Clinical Learning Environment Leads

Clinical Learning environment Leads are healthcare professionals employed by Health Education East of England to support the learning environment. They work closely with the Healthcare Organisations/Independent Sector, Education Champions and the HEI to develop, evaluate and build placement capacity, support the audit processes, and to help mentors in their role of supporting and assessing students.

Course Leader / Module Tutors /Personal Tutors

These are the students' personal and academic tutors. Their name and contact details should be on the front of each student's practice assessment document. Their role is vital in the progress of the students' journey on the course; they assist in the exploration of the theoretical perspectives from each module and, in the classroom setting, help to prepare students to relate theory to practical application. They act as academic mentors and are fully involved in any personal or disciplinary factors which may impact on students' progress on the course. They will also visit their students during their practice placement.