Assessment in Practice

All PBL assessment forms are completed online and can be accessed via this link:

Students must pass all placements in order to pass the course. Failure of a placement means that the student must undertake the full placement again, usually at a different location. It is important that Clinical Educators do not pass a student if they feel that they should fail. It is the role of the Visiting Tutor to support Clinical Educators to make this decision and discuss this with the student.

In order to maximise the potential for the student to pass each placement it is important that poor performance by the student is identified and communicated as soon as possible. This may be before the midway assessment. This allows for reasons for poor performance to be discussed with the student and an action plan developed, showing them the areas in which they need to improve in order to pass the placement.

Clinical Educators should be familiar with the criteria on which the student is being assessed at each level, and use these to determine whether a student is not performing to a satisfactory level.

In addition to the specific assessment criteria found in the assessment documents, Clinical Educators may be concerned about a student’s professional conduct. Each student registered on the MSc (Pre-reg) Physiotherapy programme is required to register as a student member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Students are assessed using these documents:

  • Guidance on conduct and ethics for students (HCPC, 2016) accessible from this link.
  • The Code of Professional Values and Behaviour (CSP, 2011) accessible from this link.

Students are therefore expected to act in accordance with these standards at all times, including when they are in University. If a Clinical Educator does not think that a student is behaving in line with these standards, this should be raised with the student and Visiting Tutor. The University should be contacted as soon as an issue arises, to enable us to offer prompt support. We aim to provide an onsite visit within 24 hours where possible. Concerns should be documented in the online assessment document.

Failure to comply with the standards may result in the commencement of the University Fitness to Practise Procedure.