Triennial Review

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(Please note these are generic guidelines only. Please refer to your Trust/Organisation Triennial Review policy for specific guidance and paperwork)

  • What is a Triennial Review?
  • Why is the Triennial Review process important?
  • What are the Requirements for a Triennial Review?
  • What are my responsibilities in preparing for a Triennial Review?
  • Who do I contact if I know my Triennial Review is due?

What is a Triennial Review?
The Triennial Review is a three yearly process in which you, as a mentor, are required to reflect upon and demonstrate your progress in mentoring and assessing students. The mentor workbook (see document at the bottom of this page) is a useful document for you to use over the three year period to help you collate the evidence needed. The evidence which you present will be set in the context of the eight domains identified within the current NMC mentor/practice teacher standards (SLAIP 2008). You will find full information about this in the Triennial Review document (at the bottom of this page).

Why is the Triennial Review process important?
The Triennial Review process is a mandatory element of mentorship and it is important that it is completed in a timely fashion to avoid mentors being removed from the register. Even if you have attended annual mentorship updates, you cannot continue to mentor students once your Triennial Review is overdue.

What are the Requirements for a Triennial Review?
You will find full information about this in the Triennial Review document (at the bottom of the page).

You will need to collect and provide evidence that you have:

  • Attended/completed annual mentor updates
  • Mentored two students in the three year period (Practice teachers mentored one student in the three year period)
  • Demonstrated ongoing development against the NMC mentor/practice teacher standards. (NMC SLAIP 2008)

This evidence can be demonstrated through reflection and/or documentation such as witness testimony, or anonymised student documentation. You may wish to develop a portfolio for this purpose.

What are my responsibilities in preparing for a Triennial Review?

  • It may be that the Triennial Review process has been built into the appraisal system in your area and you should check whether this is the case
  • You should ensure that you know the date when your Triennial Review is due. Triennial review is cyclical. Not all individuals will be at the same point in the process. For example if you completed the mentorship course in September 2009, then you will be due for Triennial Review in September 2012
  • It is your responsibility to collect evidence of your mentoring activity. (See 'What are the Requirements for a Triennial Review?' and 'Triennial Review for mentors')
  • Once Your Triennial Review is completed, you should ensure that the Verification sheet is forwarded to your Education Liaison Manager or (In the Independent Sector) Education Champion

Who do I contact if I know my Triennial Review is due?

  • If your Trust/Organisation has their own Triennial Review documentation it is important you use their paperwork
  • If the Triennial Review is part of the appraisal process you should speak, initially, to your line manager
  • Alternatively, contact your Link Lecturer, Education Champion or Practice Education Facilitator