Guidelines for Practice Placements

These guidelines are designed for training and assessment in the workplace for students following the Modernising Scientific Careers Healthcare Science BSc Programmes and are in line with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), or equivalent, Standards of Education and Training

It is the duty of the department responsible for student training to provide an environment which supports the student through the degree programme, encourages self-directed learning and provides safe working practice.

The Training Centre must:

Provide a safe environment and promote safe and evidence based practice.

  • Provide an equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory policy in relation to students, together with an indication of how this will be implemented and monitored.
  • Provide a mechanism to support failing students.
  • Provide a mechanism to manage fitness to practice concerns.
  • Provide an adequate number of appropriately qualified and experienced training staff who are fully conversant with the requirements of both the academic syllabus and the RCCP Individual Record of Clinical Practice or its equivalent (it is recommended that one assessor should be nominated for a maximum of two students).
  • Ensure that at least one experienced clinical physiologist is available to provide adequate supervision for students at ALL times.
  • Ensure the department is familiar with the syllabus and able to deliver the practical content of the programme.
  • Provide access to ALL the procedures within the RCCP Individual Record of Clinical Practice or its equivalent. If there are particular investigations or interventions that are not available on site, the education provider is responsible for organising a secondment to another department.
  • Ensure that study time is made available during the working day. For each hour taught, it is expected that students will undertake 2 hours of self-directed study. It is recommended that 3½-7½ hours a week should be made available to students in the workplace.
  • Ensure learning resources provided within the department, including periodicals, books and IT facilities (including Internet access) are appropriate to the curriculum and are readily available to students and staff.
  • Provide a range of learning and teaching materials that relate to the respect of the rights and needs of patients and colleagues.
  • Nominate a work-based assessor for each student. This person may also be the trainer. Assessors must possess a relevant and current qualification (for example, be examiners for the relevant professional body, or undertake specialist training deemed appropriate by education providers).
  • Ensure assessors are competent in the investigations they are assessing. Consequently departments will require specialist assessors within sub-specialities.

Trainers and work-based assessors must:

  • Provide learning, teaching and supervision that is designed to encourage safe and effective practice, independent learning and appropriate professional conduct.
  • Provide a range of learning and teaching methods that respect the rights and needs of service users and colleagues throughout practice placements.

Consequently, all training staff must:

  • Have relevant professional qualifications and experience;
  • Be appropriately registered; and
  • Undertake appropriate practice placement educator training.

Training staff should develop a working relationship with the education provider to ensure that they are fully prepared and are able to provide information about and an understanding of the following:

  • The learning outcomes to be achieved.
  • The timings and the duration of any placement experience and associated records to be maintained.
  • Expectations of professional conduct.
  • The assessment procedures including the implications of, and any action to be taken in case of failure; and communication and lines of responsibility.