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The Role of the Practice Assessor

As a Practice Assessor, you are/will be expected to support and assess student nurses, trainee nursing associates and nursing apprentices as defined within the NMC developmental framework to support learning and assessment in practice.

The NMC Standards, Realising Professionalism: Standards for Education and Training (2018) have identified outcomes for Practice Assessors, Practice Supervisors and Academic Assessors so that there is clear accountability for making decisions that lead to the entry of a professional onto the NMC register.


The Role of The Practice Supervisor

Practice supervision enable students to learn and safely achieve proficiency and autonomy in their professional role. All registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates will become practice supervisors for students, serving as role models for safe and effective practice. Students may also be supervised by other registered health and social care professional.

Practice supervisors are responsible for:

  • identifying a student’s learning needs at the beginning of each shift and setting a realistic goal using the coaching log, to achieve this
  • seeking learning opportunities to support the student to achieve skills and practice learning outcomes
  • using coaching skills and skillful questioning to support student learning
  • providing verbal and written feedback on the student’s progress towards, and achievement, of proficiencies and skills
  • having current knowledge and experience of the areas in which they are providing support, supervision and feedback


Please click here for ARU's guidance page with supporting documents for professionals who work with learners in a practice learning environment.

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