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.
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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
As with physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography, Is the identified practitioner in practice placement who facilitates student learning and personal and professional development face to face on a daily basis and has responsibility for the formative and/or summative assessment of students' knowledge, performance and professional competence. Practice placement co-ordinator may organise cohorts of students.
Is accredited (non-mandatory) through the British Association of Occupational Therapists by completion of the Accreditation of Practice Placement Educators’ (APPLE) Scheme. As with physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography is then eligible for profession's national register of accredited clinical educators. Accreditation is via taught course or experiential route.
No national competency framework. The national accreditation scheme for APPLE have the following (as for physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography): Outcome 1: Describe role and identify attributes of the effective clinical and practice placement educator; Outcome 2: Apply appropriate learning theories; Outcome 3: Plan, implement and facilitate learning in the clinical setting; Outcome 4: Apply sound principles and judgement in the assessment of performance in the clinical setting; Outcome 5: Evaluate the learning experience; Outcome 6: Reflect on experience and formulate action plans to improve future practice.
For a study on the approaches to teaching and learning within healthcare qualifications in England, please visit the Downloads section above.
Return to practice supervisors must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have at least three years experience. Must not have been cautioned or subject to ‘conditions of practice’ orders from the HCPC. Re-registration for accredited educators required every five years.