Due Regard

Due Regard is practiced when the mentor:

  • Has the specialist skills required to support the placement learning outcomes
  • Is from the same part of the register and field of practice as the student
  • Supervises and monitors progress throughout this period
  • Assesses component skills related to the programme outcomes

There are some variations where this application may be modified e.g:

1. When specialist input is needed. This enables students to gain experience from a supervisor whose specialist field is not their own.(e.g. adult students in the mental health setting). The specialist clinical supervisor who is from a different part of the register or profession:

  • Directly supervises the student in the activities that address the specified learning outcomes related to that specialist experience
  • Assesses component skills directly related to the professional's own area of competence and scope of practice

This placement must be overseen by a NMC registrant mentor or practice teacher with due regard who meets with the student and clinical supervisor at agreed times to monitor the student achievements.

2. Where mentors/practice teachers are scarce. In this situation, where there is a scarcity of mentors, direct supervision/and assessment is provided by NMC mentors/practice teachers without due regard. This placement must be overseen by a NMC registrant mentor or practice teacher with due regard who meets with the practice supervisor providing direct supervision at agreed times to monitor the student's achievement