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Giving feedback

Reference: PS3-E

Last Updated 23/07/2018

Giving feedback is a fundamental part of practice supervision, as set out within this standard:

Standards for student supervision and assessment:

Approved education institutions, together with practice learning partners must ensure that practice supervisors:

3.3 support and supervise students, providing feedback on their progress towards, and achievement of, proficiencies and skills

This feedback can take different forms depending on the role that the practice supervisor is playing in student education, including;

  • providing direct feedback to nursing and midwifery students on their conduct and achievement of proficiencies and skills, including where they don’t think the achievement has been met, or could be improved on
  • providing constructive feedback to improve overall student performance
  • depending on the role of the practice supervisor in the student’s education, potentially putting action plans in place to improve student performance

This process should be a collaborative one between the practice supervisor and the student. The way in which it will be done will depend on the role of the practice supervisor and their level of responsibility for student learning.

A key part of giving feedback is adding relevant observations on the student’s conduct, proficiency and achievement to the student’s record(s) of achievement.

These observations may include the observations of anyone else who has taken part in the student’s education, depending on the way in which practice supervision has been organised.

Practice supervisors should be able to judge what is appropriate for each student, based on their knowledge and experience.

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