Standards for student supervision and assessment

Part 2 of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training

Standards for supervision and assessment

These new standards may be used from 28 January 2019. Helpful resources and FAQs can be found at the bottom of this page but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to email us.

Our new Standards for student supervision and assessment (Cymraeg) set out our expectations for the learning, support and supervision of students in the practice environment. They also set out how students are assessed for theory and practice learning.

Why these standards matter

These standards aim to give approved education institutions (AEIs) and practice learning partners the flexibility to develop creative approaches to education, while still being accountable for the local delivery and management of approved programmes in line with our standards.

The student journey

The structure of the standards follow the student journey:

Effective practice learning
Find out what needs to be in place to deliver safe and effective learning experiences for nursing and midwifery students in practice.

Supervision of students
Read about the principles of student supervision in the practice environment and the role of the practice supervisor.

Assessment of students and confirmation of proficiency
Understand what we require from educators who are assessing and confirming students’ practice and academic achievement. In this section we also describe the roles of the practice assessor and academic assessor.

This document is available in a print friendly version (Cymraeg).

Using the standards

It's important to read these standards along with the other parts of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training:

So for nursing that would be Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses and Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes.

Reading them together provides a complete picture of:

  • what nurses and midwives need to know and be able to do, by the time they register with us
  • our expectations of universities and their practice learning partners for delivering NMC-approved programmes for nurses and midwives.

Supporting information

We're developing some supporting information on our standards for student supervision and assessment to help with the implementation of the new standards.

This supporting information relates to all standards that deal with student supervision and assessment. It's not a series of standards that must be met, but will offer examples of how our standards may be implemented.

Webinar recordings

As part of our work supporting AEIs and practice learning partners to implement our new education standards, we’ll be running a series of webinars exploring specific themes that people have told us they’d like more information on.

Watch a recording of our webinar on the roles of the practice and academic assessor. You can also view the slides that were presented in the session.

Answering your questions

For the past two years we have been developing these standards with input from stakeholders across the UK. We put our proposals to consultation in summer 2017 and listened closely to the feedback we received. Find out more about how the standards were developed.

We’re planning to start the approval process for programmes delivering these new standards later this year. From 28 January 2019 all approvals will be made against these new standards.

After 1 September 2020, only programmes approved against these new standards will be able to accept new students and meet our requirements for award and registration.

Students already on programmes will continue under the present standards and will meet the requirements for annotation against their current NMC registration.

Your chosen approved education institution (AEI) will be able to confirm the standards to which your programme complies.

If you’re starting your new course in September 2018, your programme will be approved against the pre-2018 standards.

From 28 January 2019, we’ll gradually approve new programmes against the new standards.

Your chosen approved education institution (AEI) will be able to confirm the standards to which your programme complies.

Students can start a programme against either standards until the end of August 2020. After that date, new students will only join programmes approved against the new standards.

We have a listing of Approved Programmes.  You may also contact the relevant AEI for the status of approval of their programme.

Approved programmes

All approved education institutions (AEIs) will need to meet the requirements for approval against the new standards. They will need to develop their curriculum in partnership with their practice partners to ensure compliance with all the significant changes, such as student assessment.

The programme will need to be approved against the new standards by the end of August 2020.

You’ll need to be aware of the new roles of practice supervisor and practice assessor and, where relevant prepare yourself to become one. These roles will replace the current mentor and sign off mentor roles. Your employer and your partner education institution(s) will decide who will be the supervisors and assessors. They’ll also determine the appropriate preparation and ongoing support you’ll need if you should become a nominated supervisor and/or assessor.

We will not be setting standards for, or approving education programmes to support these new roles as we did for mentor and education roles.

If you are going to be a supervisor and/or an assessor, you’ll find our supporting information below useful.

Supporting information on standards for student supervision and assessment