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
Mentors provide pastoral support and guidance but are not involved in trainee assessment. They may be newly registered pharmacists. Evidence for the proposed modernisation includes the Developing Educational and Practice Supervisors (DEPS) Programme, which is piloting reform of clinical education, including tutor training, support and development.
Registration is required with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Clinical teachers must be registered pharmacists, practicing in the relevant sector (hospital or community) for three years or more and must not be under investigation by the GPhC. A tutor must undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD); some of which should be relevant to being a tutor.
The Developing Education and Practice Supervisors (DEPS) group has developed competency frameworks for each educator role, which are based on the Advanced Competency Level Framework (ACLF) for the profession. These will link to the forthcoming education and tutor standards within GPhC. There are seven domains as follows: Domain 1: Expert Professional Practice; Domain 2: Learning Relationships; Domain 3: Assessment and Monitoring of Learning; Domain 4: Managing Learning Programmes; Domain 5: Teaching and Learning Practice; Domain 6: Academic Leadership; Domain 7: Research & Evaluation. Each domain lists a number of competencies described at foundation, excellence and mastery levels, with expected level of competence in each one highlighted for each educator role.
For a study on the approaches to teaching and learning within healthcare qualifications in England, please visit the Downloads section above.