The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has introduced ‘academic assessors’, ‘practice supervisors’ and ‘practice assessors’ roles to replace traditional mentorships for nurses and midwives.
The new roles have been created as part of the NMC’s new education standards.
Universities and employers will determine who are best placed to take on the roles and support them during that period.
Practice assessors will assess and confirm students’ achievements for practice learning and recommend students for progression.
Academic assessors will collate and confirm students’ achievements through theory learning.
Practice supervisors will supervise students during their placements. Any registered nurse or midwife will be eligible to undertake this role.
The new standards will also make it easier for nurses and midwives to return to practice and see the removal of the cap on simulated practice hours.
The NMC will implement the new educational standards in January 2019.
Source: Nursing Notes
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