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Our practice learning experience offers a variety of placements in locations throughout the United Kingdom and in some cases abroad. This is essential for producing nursing and midwifery graduates (pre and post registration) who are fit for purpose in rapidly changing international health care environments.
These webpages aim to provide both supporting staff and students with up-to-date information. For placement information please access the Preparation for Practice page.
Sickness & Absence Reporting Line 01224 262932 or email StudentCentre-Nursing@rgu.ac.uk
Mentor and Practice Teacher
Mentor Preparation Programme
The Mentor Preparation Programme was developed in partnership between Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland.
This is a stand-alone programme and is free of charge.
The structure of Mentor Preparation follows that stipulated in the core curriculum framework of the National Approach to Mentor Preparation for Nurses and Midwives (NES, 2013).
Mentor Refresher Days
Mentor Support Forums 2018 (Informal update for all mentors)
Venue: Staff Home Woodend. Deeside Room.
Time: 2-3pm by Gill Fenwick.
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
Wednesday 28th February, 2018
Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Wednesday 25th April, 2018
Wednesday 30th May, 2018
Wednesday 27th June, 2018
Wednesday 25th July, 2018
Wednesday 29th August, 2018
Wednesday 26th September, 2018
Wednesday 31st October, 2018
Wednesday 28th November, 2018
Wednesday 19th December, 2018
- Registered nurse/midwife and currently in practice
- Has developed own knowledge, skills and competence beyond registration, i.e. registered for at least one year
- Access to pre-registration student from same part of the register (desirable but not essential)
- Access to a supervising mentor. The supervising mentor must be an experienced mentor who is live on the mentor register.
- Support and authorisation from charge nurse/nurse manager/ midwifery manager.
- Access to a computer and the Internet.
Prior to application a supervising mentor requires to be identified for the student mentor undertaking the programme. The role of the supervising mentor is to support and facilitate the student mentor in practice and verify their achievement of the NMC mentor competence and outcomes (NMC, August 2008)
Do you need to undertake the Mentor Preparation Programme?
Perhaps you have undertaken some form of mentor preparation previously and have experience of mentoring students in practice. To check your eligibility for inclusion on the locally held mentor register download:
Appraise yourself against categories 1 – 5 of the flow chart on page two of the document.
- If you fall into categories 2 or 3 on the flow chart you are required to submit evidence of your previous mentor preparation and experience.
- The type of evidence required is explained on page three of the document.
- You will also need to complete the registration form on page four of the document and the Development Needs Analysis Tool and submit these documents along with your evidence
Structure and Delivery
The programme will normally be completed within a three month period (or pro rata for part-time staff). Within this time frame student mentors will require to undertake the equivalent of 10 days study (70 hours), five days (35 hours) of which will be protected learning time. Three of these protected learning days will be mandatory contact days requiring attendance in class. The remaining two days (14 hours) of protected learning time will be self directed, negotiated with the manager and may be completed in the work place. The student mentor will be expected to complete the remaining five days (35 hours) of study in their own time.
Content will be delivered on-line via Robert Gordon University CampusMoodle with the three mandatory contact days scheduled at the beginning, middle and end points of the programme. The structure of the Mentor Preparation Programme follows that stipulated in the core curriculum framework of the national approach to mentor preparation for nurses and midwives (NES, 2013):
- Unit 1 – Learning
- Unit 2 – Professional Relationships and Accountability
- Unit 3 – Assessment
Achievement of NMC mentor competence and outcomes will be demonstrated through the development of an ePortfolio of evidence. This ePortfolio will be self assessed by you, the student mentor, and verified by your supervising mentor. In addition you are required to produce a written account which demonstrates the application of theory to practice. This will be assessed by your academic tutor. On successful completion of all elements of the programme you can be annotated on your locally held live register.
In order to undertake the Mentor Preparation Programme you will require access to a computer and the Internet. Basic computer skills are desirable. You will receive instruction on CampusMoodle and the ePortfolio on Contact Day 1.
When the programme will be running
The Mentor Preparation Programme runs four times per year commencing in January, April, July and August.
Venue for Contact Days
For Grampian based student mentors there is a choice of venue - Robert Gordon University (Garthdee Campus) and Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin. The programme also runs in Shetland and Orkney. Some of the sessions will be video-linked across the four sites and the contact days will be facilitated locally by Practice Education Facilitators and Practice Education Lecturers.
Applications: NHS Grampian
Applications from registered nurses/midwives working within NHS Grampian will be processed through Robert Gordon University.
HOW TO APPLY
Using your workplace e-mail, attach the following to a new e-mail and send to email@example.com
- Completed application form
- Associate student form
- A portrait style photograph of yourself for your student card
PLEASE NOTE: it is essential that you access your workplace e-mail account regularly as all correspondence relating to your application will be sent by e-mail. Any questions please contact Jennifer Cowie as Module Coordinator, on 01224 263116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications: NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland
This section is intended to provide some general guidance for mentors, practice teachers and managers regarding the maintenance of the Nursing and Midwifery Council ‘Standards to support learning and assessment in practice’ (NMC, 2008).
All staff recorded on their local placement mentor register as a mentor/sign-off mentor for pre-registration nursing students or practice teacher for post-registration nursing students, must demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competence on an ongoing basis (NMC, 2008).
Annual Update on CampusMoodle
Further information and resources for Mentors and Practice Teachers is available within CampusMoodle. To login with your RGU username and password please follow this link
If you think you should have access to this area please select one of the options below. If you have forgotten your password please contact IThelpdesk@rgu.ac.uk
Triennial review of mentors and practice teachers
The nature of the triennial review of mentors and practice teachers is for the placement providers to determine but may form part of an employer-led personal development appraisal.
To be maintained on the local register the individual must have evidence of having:
- Mentored at least two students (practice teachers to have supervised at least one student) with due regard (extenuating circumstances permitting) within the three year period. Supervisors of midwives are required to mentor at least one student undertaking a supervisor of midwives programme during the three year period relating to triennial review as outlined in NMC Circular 01/2008.
- Participated in annual updating – to include an opportunity to meet and explore assessment and supervision issues with other mentors/practice teachers
- Explored as a group activity the validity and reliability of judgements made when assessing practice in challenging circumstances
- Mapped ongoing development in their role against the current NMC mentor/practice teacher standards
- Been deemed to have met all requirements needed to be maintained on the local register as a mentor, sign-off mentor or practice teacher
Do you need to undertake professional development?
Perhaps you have undertaken some form of practice teacher preparation previously and have experience of supporting students in practice. To check your eligibility for inclusion on the locally held practice teacher register, please open the document below “Recognition of Previous Practice Teacher Preparation and Experience”.
Access the following flow chart and consider where you fall and discuss with the relevant Course Leader:
Following discussion with the relevant Course Leader. you may be eligible to seek Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience using the following document:
Practice Teacher Preparation Programme
The Practice Teacher Preparation Programme was developed in partnership between Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland. The structure of our Practice Teacher programme follows the Standards to support learning and assessment in practice (NMC 2008). For more information:
Mentor of The Year
Nominations for “Mentor of the Year” are accepted annually by 30 September each year.
Nominations can be made by students or registered nurses and midwives who can make a professional judgement about mentoring.
All nominations will be considered by a sub-group of the Supporting Students in Practice (SSiP) group which includes both clinical and academic representatives.
The person nominated will be contacted by the chair of the sub group to verify they consent to the nomination. The final decision will be ratified at the SSiP group meeting in November of each year.
Mentor of the Year 2016 - Ella Cameron
Ella Cameron Community Nurse from Elgin, received the Mentor of the Year award from June Brown, Associate Nursing Director from NHS Grampian.
Mentor of the Year 2015 - Tanya Laurenson
Tanya Laurenson, Senior Staff Nurse at NHS Grampian Tanya Laurenson, from Aberdeen, received the Mentor of the Year award from Ian Murray, Head of RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Nominate Your Mentor Now
Mentor competency statements (NMC 2006) to consider when making a nomination:
- The mentor demonstrates effective working relationships to support learning
- The mentor facilitates appropriate learning strategies to foster life-long learning to maximise individual potential
- The mentor conducts a fair and objective assessment of student’s performance related to NMC standards and stage in course
- The mentor contributes to the ongoing evaluation of the learning environment and the student experience
- The mentor creates an effective learning environment where practice is valued and developed
- The mentor supports learning within practice that reflects health care and educational policies
- The mentor identifies and applies research and evidence-based practice to their area of practice to contribute to further development
- The mentor acts as advocate for students providing guided participation, instruction, incidental comments and tacit behaviours to support learning
To enter email us:
- Your name & email address
- Your relationship to the nominee
- Name & contact details/place of work of nominee
- A short statement which supports your nomination
Nominations can be submitted to Muriel Demsie - email@example.com
Information For Mentors and Practice Teachers
Video presentation: Overview of Pre-Registration Nursing Programme
Speak to other practice teachers on CampusMoodle
This page contains a variety of forms which may be useful to both the student, mentor and practice teacher.
This is a list of the core information for all mentors and should be saved on the desktop of your PC.
Further forms can be accessed by the Practice Education Staff and all Mentors in the Annual Update and Resource Area for Mentors and Practice Teachers in CampusMoodle. (Opens in new window)
Administration of Medicine and Incident reporting
Practice Education Assessment Documents (PLADs)
From 2015 all Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland are moving towards use of the Ongoing Achievement Record (Scotland). Here at RGU we are starting to use it online with all our Nursing students from October 2015. Information about using the electronic version of the OAR can be found in a separate section below. The PLADS listed below are for reference purposes only.
Please note, the following Authorised Absence Policy document will not be accepted as proof of clinical hours. Clinical hours should be submitted on the official lilac coloured timesheets only. This document is for reference purposes only.
Cause for Concern
Community and Child Health
Course and Programme Information
Online Placement Documentation
Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR)
PDF version of the OARs are
Interprofessional Experience (IPE)
Aberdeen Interprofessional Health and Social Care Education (opens in new tab)
Insurance document may be required (to include business use)
SAAS Claim Form
Once you have completed your SAAS claim form you should send it to Maureen Cooper, Senior Clerical Assistant, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health & Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QG, including all receipts. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that they have used the correct cost of postage when sending their claims by post. Failure to do so may result in your claim not being delivered. So as not to delay the processing of your claims please make sure that all information is provided on the claim form. A form can be viewed below.
ALL FORMS REQUIRED ARE ALSO AVAILABLE OUTSIDE THE STUDENT ZONE (H510)
If you are unsure of any part of the claim please email Maureen Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org
You may find the following links to various Professional Bodies and Organisations useful.
- The Code of Professional Conduct 2015
- Midwives Rules and Standards 2012
- Guidance for mentors of nursing and Midwifery: An RCN Toolkit 2007
- Nursing and Midwifery Council Home Page
- Standards for Medicines Management 2010
- Flying Start NHS
- Standards to support learning and assessment in practice
- Standards for pre-registration midwifery 2009
- Standards for pre-registration nursing education 2010
- Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students 2015
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
- Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia: A Toolkit for Nursing Staff
- Understanding Dyslexia; An Understanding for Dyslexic Students in Higher Education
Other Useful Links
- Mott Macdonald
- Royal College of Nursing RCN
- Royal College of Midwives RCM
- Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
- Legal advice for RCN members using the internet
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
- Tissue Viability Online
- The Knowledge Network
- NHS Grampian Homepage
- NHS Orkney
- NHS Shetland
- NHS Highland
- NHS Tayside
Practice Learning Education Team (PLET)
Dates and frequency of meetings will be flexible with a minimum of one meeting each semester.
Each PLET membership will agree the timetable annually
For information on where and when your next local PLET meeting will be please email Liz Law.
Practice Education Facilitator (PEF)
The practice education facilitator roles are designed to influence the quality of the clinical learning environment by providing support, educational input and development activities for mentors and students within HNC, pre-registration and post-registration education programmes. The role aims to enhance the quality of the practice learning experience and positively contribute to the future nursing/midwifery workforce. By enhancing the quality of the learning environment, the education and training needs of health care assistants and of the full range of professional groups may also be addressed.
- Maximise the number of student nurses and midwives who can be supported within clinical practice areas
- Ensure that the student experience is of the highest quality and enables the greatest benefit from the individual clinical learning experience
- Enhance and support the role of the mentor
- Ensure support and supervision for staff engaging in CPD/educational programmes which ultimately lead to practice development and improved services for patients and clients
The practice education facilitator will provide support, education and development for mentors and students from both pre and post registration education programmes, principally in clinical practice areas. This will entail the development and maintenance of a learning environment where both education and lifelong learning are seen as integral to clinical practice. Seen as an experienced practitioner she/he will both lead and facilitate practice education developments (practice learning) to support staff to make the necessary changes in their practice as required by the profession and the service. This role will be subject to annual review.
NES Practice Education (Opens in new window)
Practice Education Lecturer (PEL)
The School of Nursing and Midwifery developed a strategy to support learning of pre and post registration student nurses and midwives in practice in collaboration with NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Highland, NHS Tayside and NHS Western Isles, members of the private, voluntary sector and with placement providers at a distance.
Represented within this strategy are staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery practice education team (practice education lecturers), practice educators, practice education facilitators, mentors, practice teachers, clinical managers and representatives from course teams.