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About the NMC standard

Last updated: 23 August 2011


The standard takes the form of a developmental framework with specific outcomes for mentors, practice teachers and teachers.  The framework defines and describes the knowledge and skills nurses and midwives need to apply in practice when they support and assess students on NMC approved programmes which lead to a recordable qualification on the NMC register.

The NMC have agreed mandatory requirements for each part of the register. The outcomes for each role are identified as different stages within the framework.

The mandatory requirements are:

NURSING:

  • Students on NMC approved pre – registration nursing education programmes leading to registration on the nurses’ part of the NMC register must be supported and assessed by mentors (defined by the NMC as a registrant who has met the outcomes in stage 2 who facilitates learning, and supervises and assesses students in a practice setting.
  • From September 2007,  a sign off mentor (who has met the additional criteria outlined in the standard)  must make the final assessment of practice and confirm that the required proficiencies for entry to the register have been achieved.
  • From September 2007, students on NMC approved specialist practice programmes leading to a recordable qualification on the nurses’ part of the register,  must be supported by a sign off mentor or practice teachers where this is a requirement of the commissioners.   The sign off mentor (who has met the additional criteria outlined in the standard) must make the final assessment of practice.   From September 2007, students on NMC approved specialist practice programmes leading to a recordable qualification on the nurses’ part of the register,  must be supported by a sign off mentor or practice teachers where this is a requirement of the commissioners.

MIDWIFERY

  • Students on NMC approved pre – registration midwifery programmes, leading to registration on the midwives’ part of the NMC register, can only be supported and assessed by a sign off mentor. Sign off mentors (who have met the additional criteria outlined in the standard)  must make the final assessment of practice  and confirm that the required proficiencies for entry to the register have been achieved

SPECIALIST COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Students on NMC approved pre – registration nursing education programmes leading to registration on the public health part of the register must be supported and assessed by practice teachers. From September 2007,  the practice teacher must make the final  assessment of practice  From September 2007, students on NMC approved specialist practice programmes leading to a recordable qualification on the nurses’ part of the register and confirm that the required proficiencies for entry to the register have been achieve

THE FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN PRACTICE

There are 8 domains to this:

  1. Establishing effective working relationships
  2. Facilitation of learning
  3. Assessment and accountability
  4. Evaluation of learning
  5. Creating an environment for learning
  6. Context of Practice
  7. Evidence  - based practice
  8. Leadership

Mentors should be able to map their proficiency against each of these

LOCAL REGISTER OF MENTORS AND PRACTICE TEACHERS

Placement providers (Trust) are responsible for ensuring that:

  • An up to date local register of mentors and practice teachers is held and maintained
  • Register remains current through regular review
  • There are sufficient mentors to adequately support the number of students undertaking the programmes currently offered. (Locally this would be via the Education audit process )
  • Sign off mentors are annotated on the register.  (Midwifery mentors and practice teachers automatically meet this criteria on completion of their preparation programme whereas nurses achieve this only after additional preparation)
  • A triennial review (every 3 years) via appraisal of all mentors and practice teachers is undertaken to ensure suitability to remain on the local register

TRIENNIAL REVIEW OF MENTORS/PRACTICE TEACHERS

Each individual mentor would require evidence that they have:

  • Mentored 2 students in past 3 years
  • Attended a yearly mentor update
  • Explored as group activity validity/reliability of judgements made when assessing in challenging circumstances
  • Mapped own development against  the current mentor standard
  • Been deemed to have met all criteria to be a mentor/sign off mentor/ practice teacher

NMC MENTOR CRITERIA

  • Be registered on the same part of the register e.g. RSCN assess child branch
  • Have been registered for over 1 year and developed knowledge, skills and competence beyond registration
  •  Have successfully completed a mentorship programme
  • Have the ability to select, support and assess a range of learning opportunities
  • Be able to support an IPL learning environment for AHP students
  • Be able to contribute to the assessment of AHP students as appropriate under the supervision of an experienced AHP assessor
  • Be able to make judgements about competence/ proficiency for students on the same part of the register and be accountable for decisions made
  • Be able to support other registrants with CPD

Mentors are responsible and accountable for:

  • Organising and coordinating student learning in practice
  • Supervising students in learning situations and providing them with constructive feedback
  • Setting and monitoring achievement of realistic learning objectives
  •  Assessing total performance – including skills, attitude and behaviours
  • Providing evidence as required by programme providers of student achievement/or lack of achievement
  • Liaising with others (e.g. mentors, sign off mentors, PEF, personal tutors, programme leaders) to provide feedback, identify any concerns about the students performance and agree appropriate action
  • Providing evidence to make decisions about the achievement of proficiency at the end of a programme

SIGN OFF MENTORS

  • Clinical currency and capability in field of practice where student is being assessed
  •  Met NMC requirements to be on mentor register
  • Been supervised at 3 times signing off proficiency at the end of a final placement by an existing sign off mentor or practice teacher
  • &Working knowledge of current programme requirements
  • Understanding of NMC requirements
  • In depth understanding of their accountability to the NMC

PRACTICE TEACHERS

  • Must complete an approved practice teachers course
  • Work at an advanced level in all eight domains commensurate with the role
  • Attend yearly update

TEACHERS

All of the above plus:   Must complete an approved teachers course. Must work at an advanced level in both academic and clinical settings commensurate with the role

MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMES

NMC RECOGNISES MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMES TAKEN AFTER APRIL 2002.

NMC advises:

  • Registrants holding a mentor or practice teacher qualification should map their qualification against the new standard and meet outstanding outcomes through CPD
  • Registrants with a teaching qualification should meet the new standard but are advised to use the outcomes to guide their CPD
  • Registrants with a comparable qualification e.g. NVQ Assessor must use the AP(E)L  process and undertake any further education required by programme providers to meet the standard (including academic or work – based education)

SUPPORT IN PRACTICE

  1. Each student has a named mentor for each period of practice learning
  2. Mentors should support no more than 3 learners at a time
  3. 40% of student time should be directly supervised by their mentor.  In the final placement this is additional to 1 hours protected time with named sign off mentor per week
  4. Mentors must keep sufficient records to support/justify their decisions surrounding a student competency/proficiency
  5. Mentors should be able to access full range of support and supervision networks as necessary
  6. Placement providers (Trusts) are responsible for maintaining the mentor register
  7. Placement providers (Trusts) are responsible for the triennial review of mentors

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY

Programme providers:

  • Make the decision related to declared disabilities or health problems during selection
  • Need to determine reasonable adjustments necessary under DDA
  • Are subject to QAA code of practice for assurance of academic standards in HE, section 3 (QAA 1999)
  • Should work in partnership to prepare placement areas for supporting students with disabilities

It is recommended that all mentors/practice teachers/ teachers undertake disability equality training



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