Who are practice assessors and how are they prepared?

Reference: PA1

Last Updated 19/12/2018

Practice assessors are registered nurses, midwives, and nursing associates, or in the case of prescribing programmes any qualified prescriber, who assess a student’s practice learning for a placement or a series of placements. A nominated practice assessor also works with the academic assessor to make recommendations for progression for the student they are assigned to.

They have been prepared and supported to take up their role and have current knowledge and experience relevant for the proficiencies and programme outcomes they are assessing.

Relevant NMC standards for this section:

Standards for student supervision and assessment: 6.2–6.8 (page 8), 7.1, 7.3–7.5 (page 9), 8.1–8.4 (page 10)

Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education: 3.8 (page 9), S4.1, R4, 3–4 (page 11)

Standards for prescribing programmes: 4.5, 4.6 (page 12)

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