It is recognised that the contribution of the supervisory team in relation to providing supervision, support and opportunities to develop mastery and competence in a specialist area of advanced practice is crucial. Support for key personnel should be provided by the educational institute delivering the programme in the form of workshops, supportive literature and regular dialogue.
Consultant Surgeon Supervisors have a responsibility to:
Mentors have a responsibility to:
Educational supervisors have a responsibility to:
A number of professionals are involved in supporting students in practice, from mentors to personal tutors and practice educators. You'll find a description of their roles below.
An associate mentor supports students during their clinical placement and provides formative feedback. An associate mentor is a registered practitioner with a minimum of six months post-qualification experience and has attended a specific local HEI preparation session. As part of their professional mentor development an associate mentor completes the cycle of mentor development every two years.
As a Surgical Care Practitioner mentor, you are an ODP, nurse or midwife who holds a current registration and has successfully completed an NMC/CODP 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.
Mentors should hold, or be working towards (to be completed within a two-year time period), at least one of the following: mentorship qualification at level 3 (or above), Post Graduate Certificate in Education, postgraduate award in healthcare education, level 2 mentorship/Cert Ed qualification and has completed level 3 modules, the Scottish National Approach to Mentor Preparation
Your professional responsibility as a mentor
In accordance with the HCPC/CODP and NMC Mentor Standards for Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008), you will already have successfully completed an approved mentor preparation programme.
In order to keep your mentorship current, it is essential that you:
Education champions are Anglia Ruskin University academics who 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 clinical learning leads 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.
These are students' personal and academic tutors. Their name and contact details can be found on the student’s module guide. The role of personal tutors is vital in the progress of 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 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. They also visit their students while they are in their practice placement.