Clinical educator role mapping
Welcome to our new clinical educator mapping tool. The aim of the tool is to promote collaboration amongst trainers and educators in order to improve supervision in clinical practice. The tool provides introductory information about how educators, trainers and supervisors are prepared for their roles in healthcare, as well as an overview comparing approaches to teaching and learning used in curriculum across the healthcare professions. The tool allows users to search and compare roles, competency frameworks and qualifications needed to become a clinical teacher or educator as well as access an overview of approaches to teaching and learning used across the professions.
How to use the tool
To start using the tool simply select a role within a profession by ticking the relevant box at the top of the tool. You can then click to reveal information against the following domains: a summary of the role, “Role”; qualifications needed, “Qualifications”; frameworks “Competency Frameworks” and any other relevant information the role, “Other”. Up to three roles can be selected and viewed at a time. To de-select a role press the red cross symbol next to the role title.
The tool has been developed and informed by two separate studies commissioned by the Multiprofessional Faculty Development team; one which reviewed at the skills and competencies required to become an educator across the healthcare professions and another, which examined the approaches to teaching and learning used in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum across the healthcare professions.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions
We are aware that developing a tool of this nature is challenging. While we have aimed to ensure that the information we have included is accurate and reflects current practice we welcome your comments, suggestions and recommendations for updating specific sections. We will endeavour to edit the tool based on your feedback.
Please send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Allied Health Profession
- Physiotherapy: Clinical Educator
- Occupational Therapy: Practice Placement Educator
- Podiatry: Clinical Educator
- Radiography: Practice Educator
- Paramedics: Lead Practice Placement Educator and Practice Placement Educator (PPE)
- Practitioner Psychology: Practice Supervisor
- Dietetics: Practice Educator
- Speech & Language Therapy: Clinical Educator
- Art Therapy: Practice Placement Supervisor
- Orthoptics: Clinical Tutor; Lead Clinical Tutor; Tutor Mentor
- Prosthetics & Orthotics: Practice Placement Educator
There are no formal courses required for Clinical Tutors. It is desirable to complete for example, the British and Irish Orthoptic Society's (BIOS) Clinical Tutors’ course as preparation for the role. Commissioners of undergraduate orthoptic placements require evidence of adequate practice placement provision, i.e. demonstrably competent tutors. Lead Clinical Tutors and Tutor Mentors are required to have Level 3, 15-credit adult education qualification, which includes teaching methods, quality assurance and assessment and evaluation methods.
There are currently no national guidance or competency framework for Orthoptics educator roles.
For a study on the approaches to teaching and learning within healthcare qualifications in England, please visit the Downloads section above.
Clinical Tutors must have equivalent of 2 years, full-time clinical experience. They must also have the ability to share experience and knowledge from CPD and specialist areas. Lead Clinical Tutors and Tutor Mentors are required to have 4 years clinical experience. In addition Tutor Mentors need to have 3 years experience as a lead tutor. They must also ensure the department is established and maintained as an environment for learning and ensure the department's on-going involvement with CPD, clinical education and attendance at annual Clinical Tutors' Workshop.