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The Practice Assessor role has been introduced in the new NMC Standards for Supervision and Assessment (2018).
“Practice assessors conduct assessments to confirm student achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning…. assessment decisions by practice assessors are informed by feedback sought and received from practice supervisors” (NMC, 2018 7.1 & 7.2).
The following topics are recommended for preparation for Practice Assessor role:
a) Creating a culture of learning in practice, including different models of supervision and the framework of coaching.
b) Professional accountability and responsibility for all aspects of student assessment.
c) Practice Assessor role and responsibilities (including use of the Practice Assessment Document and those AEIs that use grading).
d) Understanding of Practice Supervisor and Academic Assessor roles and responsibilities.
e) How to give reflective feedback and feed forward.
f) Decision making in assessment (including confidence to fail and confirmation of achievement of proficiency).
g) Reviewing and assessing evidence from a range of sources from Practice Supervisors including developing efficient systems of supervisor feedback to the assessor.
h) How to appropriately raise and respond to student conduct and proficiency concerns and gain support in doing so.
i) Utilising the role to inform own CPD and practice including receiving relevant induction, ongoing support and access to education and training which includes training in equality and diversity.