Who are practice supervisors and how are they prepared?
A practice supervisor can be any registered health and social care professional working in a practice environment. They’ve been prepared and supported to take up their role and have up-to-date knowledge and experience relevant to the student they are supervising.
All nurses, midwives and nursing associates in any practice learning environment should be able to undertake a practice supervision for NMC approved programmes. As per section 9.4 of The Code, there is an expectation that all NMC registrants will support students’ and colleagues’ learning to help them develop their professional competence and confidence.
Relevant NMC standards for this section:
1.8: students have opportunities to learn from a range of relevant people
in practice learning environments, including users of services, registered
and non-registered individuals, and other students as appropriate
2.7: all students on an NMC approved programme are supervised in practice
by NMC registered nurses, midwives, nursing associates, and other
registered health and social care professionals
3.4: have current knowledge and experience of the area in which they
are providing support, supervision and feedback, and
3.5: receive ongoing support to participate in the practice learning
5.1: receive ongoing support to prepare, reflect and develop for effective
supervision and contribution to student learning and assessment, and
5.2: have understanding of the proficiencies and programme outcomes they
are supporting students to achieve
R3.3: have opportunities throughout their programme to work with and learn
from a range of people in a variety of practice placements, preparing
them to provide care to people with diverse needs
R3.16: have opportunities throughout their programme to collaborate and learn
with and from other professionals, to learn with and from peers, and to
develop supervision and leadership skills
S4.1: Theory and practice learning and assessment are facilitated effectively
and objectively by appropriately qualified and experienced professionals
with necessary expertise for their educational and assessor roles.
4.4: ensure practice supervisors:
4.4.1: have undertaken a period of preceptorship in line with the NMC
principles for preceptorship as SCPHN or community nursing SPQ
qualified professionals or
4.4.2: can evidence prior learning and relevant practice supervisor
experience that enables them to facilitate effective evidencebased learning opportunities for post-registration SCPHN or
community nursing SPQ students