What do practice supervisors do?

Reference: PS3

Last Updated 23/07/2018

A practice supervisors’ role is to support and supervise nursing and midwifery students learning in the practice learning environment. All students must be supervised while learning in practice environments.

It’s the AEI’s responsibility to decide what level of supervision is appropriate, with its practice learning partners.

Factors that AEIs and their practice learning partners should take into account when considering the way in which supervision may be delivered include:

  • public protection
  • student learning needs – both the level of learning required (student competence) and the student’s programme outcomes
  • student and practice supervisor equality and diversity needs
  • the availability of practice supervisors and their skills and knowledge.

Practice supervisors should also be able to judge what kind of supervision and support they are able to provide.