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In the interests of health and safety of students, staff and our partners, the University Executive has taken the decision that all classroom-based teaching and learning activity will be replaced by online programme delivery where possible. As you will undoubtedly be aware, many other universities are taking a similar approach.  The module team are preparing online deliveries for this module and materials will be available towards the end of April 2020. Applicants will be contacted with details of how this flexible rolling delivery will be conducted when the sessions materials are complete. We thank you for your patience at this uncertain time.

Important information for potential applicants:

As you may be aware the NMC developed the new Standards for student supervision and assessment and these have been in effect since January 2019.  All of the local Universities have either commenced or will be commencing from September 2020 the delivery of the new Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education. 

We have been liaising with all of our local Trusts and partners and the decision has been made to move away from the delivery of the previous NMC (Slaip) standards published in 2008.  There is no longer a requirement for staff who support learners in practice to undertake a full NMC/University validated 5 day or APEL programme so this provision has been removed from our offering.  

There is however a NMC requirement for staff who will have responsibility to supervise, support and assess students to undertake training.  Across our Region any member of staff who will be undertaking the assessment of student nurses or midwives in practice will be required to attend a one day training programme to prepare them to undertake this important role . You will only need to attend Northumbria University for one full day and there will be no assessment or written work associated with this training.  Prior to applying for this training you must ensure that you have undertaken a short 3 hour Supervisor Preparation Workshop which you can access by contacting your organisations Practice Placement Facilitators.  If your organisation does not offer this provision please contact and we can consider alternative arrangements to allow you to access the Assessor training.

I appreciate that this may generate some confusion or questions that you will want addressing, so please don't hesitate to contact me directly if required at, you could also contact your PPFs who will be able also help answer any questions that you may have. 

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

This course would suit healthcare practitioners who are interested in assuming responsibility for learning and assessment in their practice setting and covers the following topics:

  • Role development as a mentor (Supervisor/Assessor) or educator in practice
  • The context for practice learning and developing learning relationships
  • The learning journey: facilitating learning, supervision and assessment in practice.

Delivery Dates: Ongoing rolling delivery for remainder of the academic year

Physio / Occupational Therapist;

Ongoing rolling delivery for remainder of the academic year delivered ONLINE

Nursing / Operational Department Practitioner / Midwifery;

Ongoing rolling delivery for remainder of the academic year delivered ONLINE

Midwifery only;

Ongoing rolling delivery for remainder of the academic year delivered ONLINE

Nursing only;

Ongoing rolling delivery for remainder of the academic year delivered ONLINE


Course Information

Award Type Non-Accredited / NMC validated

Delivery Method Blend of Directed and Work-based Learning in Practice Setting

Mode of Study
Part Time


Start Ongoing Rolling Online Delivery for Remainder of the Academic Year

Health, Sport and Social Care

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is a key provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


The summative assessment for this module will comprise a critical evaluation of mentor/educator development, in which you will explore your role development as a mentor/educator in practice.

Submission of annotated evidence of your development as a mentor/educator in practice.  You must have the opportunity to facilitate learning and assessment with one learner in your practice area. 

There are significant changes on the horizon for the mentorship delivery and these changes will be clearly articulated.

This module will take a blended approach, including learning in the academic setting, directed learning using on-line learning materials and work-based learning in the practice setting. Students will be expected to use self-direction to pursue innovative learning experiences.

Where relevant, students will be able to meet professional body requirements for protected learning time (e.g. NMC – 5 days) and programme length.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Enhance your CV by undertaking this module which aims to prepare you for a role as a mentor/educator in a healthcare setting.

There is also an APEL process available for experienced practitioners.


Are you interested in assuming responsibility for the facilitation of learning and assessment in practice?

This module will enable you to develop into the role of a mentor/educator and continue your own professional development. Interactive sessions will encourage you to critically explore your experiences of facilitating practice learning and assessment, in the light of current theory, literature and policy. You will be encouraged to learn with, from and about each other’s roles and professional perspectives, in order to promote a culture of collaboration in the practice learning environment. You will also be encouraged to consider innovative ideas for the improvement of the student learning experience within the wider practice learning environment and develop your working relationships to facilitate learning and assessment for a diverse learner population.

You need to have been a registered healthcare practitioner for at least 12 months before you apply for this module.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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