The mentor's responsibilities when working with students
As a mentor, it is important to ensure that students:
Please note, all midwifery mentors must be sign-off mentors.
At the same time, we do acknowledge that students have responsibilities. These are clearly stated in their portfolio of learning.
The mentor's role in student assessment
The assessment process must contain the following stages:
Supporting the failing student:
Occasionally, students do not meet the required standard and it is necessary to fail them. In this event, it is important that students know why they have not met the pass criteria and that they have been given an opportunity to improve at the formative stage.
It is therefore essential to:
See below documents for examples of completed action plans:
Where there are concerns about a student, it is important to fill in a 'Cause for Concern' form which you will find in the student's portfolio of learning.
This form must not be removed from the document. For an example of this and the process to follow please see the Flow Chart document below.
It is important that you have discussed your concerns with the student and supported his/her development with an action plan before completing the cause for concern form. Exceptions to this are when there is a serious untoward incident when the HEI must be informed immediately and a cause for concern form completed. Constructive feedback is essential for student development. Do not wait for formative or summative stages to inform a student of your concerns.