Practice Educators.

The main responsibility of a Practice Educator is to manage and develop a student on placement.

General Responsibilities

  • Managing student development and skills
  • Preparation of the team for the student placement
  • Liaison with internal and external services, professionals and colleagues to ensure effective opportunity and support for the student
  • Ensuring the student adheres to relevant policies and procedures
  • Taking responsibility for the co-ordination of events in the case of any concerns arising during the placement
  • Attendance at relevant meetings relating to placement (pre-placement, mid-placement and possibly final-placement meeting
  • Ensuring accountability arrangements are clear and that effective line management is in place
  • Ensuring the student has essential equipment for work

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Develop an effective learning agreement and curriculum
  • Arrange appropriate induction plan
  • Identification of learning opportunities
  • Ensuring the student received all necessary learning opportunities to achieve Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge Skills Standards
  • Provide structured and reflective supervision sessions for the student on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly)
  • Provide informal supervision, advice and guidance
  • Supporting the student to link University/Programme based learning to their practice on placement.

Assessment Responsibilities

  • Direct observations of the student’s practice.
  • Provision of feedback to the student regarding practice.
  • Obtain feedback from relevant people on placement. E.G. Service Users, Internal and External Professionals.
  • Judge the evidence provided against the assessment criteria.
  • Writing reports in relation to the student’s progress on placement. Generally this is the Mid-Point and Final Report.
  • Make recommendations about whether the student has passed or failed the placement.

Source: Developing Quality Practice Learning in Social Work (Kirwin Maclean Associates, 2013).

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Direct observations of the student’s practice.

Provision of feedback to the student regarding practice.

Obtain feedback from relevant people on placement. E.G. Service Users, Internal and External Professionals.

Judge the evidence provided against the assessment criteria.

Writing reports in relation to the student’s progress on placement. Generally this is the Mid-Point and Final Report.

Make recommendations about whether the student has passed or failed the placement.

Source: Developing Quality Practice Learning in Social Work (Kirwin Maclean Associates, 2013).

SOCIAL WORK RESOURCES