All healthcare students will be allocated a ‘live’ mentor when working in the practice area. Mentors will supervise and assess your skills and professional behaviour and give you continual feedback regarding your progression and development in practice.
A ‘live’ mentor is a registered healthcare professional who has met their professional body (NMC) standards for learning and assessing in practice. It is a requirement of the professional body that all mentors demonstrate evidence of professional development and keep up to date with current curriculum and professional body requirements.
Anglia Ruskin University is committed to your learning and development in practice. 50% of your healthcare course is based in the clinical area.
The Faculty of Health Social Care and Education is passionate about supporting the learning environment. A number of Education Champions, who are academic staff, are assigned as the key academic link to individual Healthcare organisations. The Education Champions co-ordinate a team of academic colleagues, called link tutors, who carry out audits of the clinical areas and liaise closely with mentors supporting and advising mentors and students within the clinical areas. You will also be invited by Education Champions to attend student forums, which are held in partnership with practice, where you will be given the opportunity to discuss your experiences in practice.In partnership with all our Placement Providers regular two monthly Practice Education Committee (PEC) meetings are hosted by each Healthcare Organisation. At these regular meetings the Education Champions will discuss student and mentor evaluations, recent Care Quality Commission reports, audits of the clinical areas and jointly agree action plans to resolve any student issues or concerns related to the practice learning environment.
To contact the Education Champion/ link team please see below list of contact numbers and the name of the Education Champion for your Healthcare Organisation:
These forums are set up to help you make the most of your practice learning experience. It is an opportunity for everyone to get together from the University and Trust/Healthcare Organisation, and discuss issues or concerns and share good practice.
It is really important that you make every effort to attend these forums when you are in practice.