Supporting Mentors and Students in Practice: Who's Who

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Education Champion
The Education Champion for East of England Ambulance Service Trust is David Brown (david.brown@anglia.ac.uk or 01245 684113).

Education Champions
Education Champions are Anglia Ruskin University academics who co-ordinate link teams to deliver a more transparent and robust level of support for students and paramedic educators within the clinical setting. They 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 trust and Paramedic Educators to provide support such as drop-in surgeries and link visits. As such, their contact details and planned visit dates are published in the ambulance bases.

Associate Paramedic Educator
An Associate Paramedic Educator supports students during their clinical placement and provides formative feedback. They will be a registered practitioner with a minimum of six months post-qualification experience and have attended a specific local Trust preparation session. As part of their professional development, an Associate Paramedic Educator completes the cycle of mentor development every two years.

Paramedic Educator
Paramedic educators are paramedics who hold a current registration and have successfully completed a Trust-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 placement experience. It is a Paramedic Educator's role to maintain professional credibility and, working with students for 40% of their placement time, oversee their development through continual feedback and support.

A Paramedic Educator:

  • performs summative assessment
  • must demonstrate competence in the area of assessment
  • must implement University assessment regulations and Trust policy

Placement Coordinator
The role of the Placement Coordinator is to manage and coordinate student placements for Anglia Ruskin University. They work in partnership with paramedic educators, associate paramedic educators, education champions and link lecturers promoting and enhancing the learning environment. They play a vital role which includes:

  • overall responsibility for students in placements
  • organising workplace teaching sessions
  • placement organisation and mentor allocation
  • holding current mentor data and providing regular updates to the University
  • attending paramedic education meetings at the University.
  • disseminating student paramedic allocation information to a designated member of staff within the clinical areas.
  • collating hub returns and monitoring student attendance including sickness and absence

Link team
The principal roles of link lecturers are to advise staff and students on educational matters and to support members of the clinical team.

Link lecturers are involved at the interface of education and service and are responsible for resolving any educational problems that may occur in practice environments. They are also involved in the audit of clinical areas to ensure the students are placed in a quality learning environment.

Director of Health and Social Care Practice
The Director of Health and Social Care Practice is a senior academic who works with all stakeholders and commissioning bodies to support, maintain and further develop high-quality practice learning opportunities for students.

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. The role of the personal tutors is vital in the progress of the students' journey on the course; the personal tutors assist in the exploration of the theoretical perspectives from each module and, in the classroom setting, help to prepare students to begin to relate theory to practical application. Personal tutors act as academic mentors and are fully involved in any personal or disciplinary factors which may impact on students' progress on the course.

Practice Team

The role of the Practice Team is to manage and co-ordinate student placements for a number of Anglia Ruskin University pre-registration courses. They play a vital role which includes:

  • allocating students to the relevant ambulance placements
  • disseminating student allocation information to a designated member of staff within EEAST
  • collating student practice log returns and monitoring student attendance including sickness and absence
  • working in partnership with paramedic educators, managers, education champions and link lecturers regarding placement issues.