Short Course

Practice Assessor Preparation

This course is mapped against the NMC standards for preparation of practice assessors (2018). Our one-day workshop will prepare attendees with the knowledge and skills to assess students in healthcare settings.


Course overview

By the end of the workshops participants will have knowledge of:

  • NMC standards for practice assessors, preparation for the role of practice assessor
  • Procedures and governance
  • Overview of new NMC curriculums and PAD
  • Record keeping with an emphasis on assessments and progression points
  • Students with additional needs in relation to assessment
  • Assessors role in escalation process and supporting practice supervisor
  • Clinical competency
  • Assessment theory
  • Feedback and feedforward
  • Types of assessment
  • Failing to fail
  • Communication skills of an assessor
  • Learning contracts and action planning
  • What’s next - annual update and revalidation

Level: Short course, CPD
Delivery: Online and distance learning 
Study Mode: Part-time
Duration: One day
Campus: Preston
Start Date: The next start date of this programme is to be confirmed shortly

Entry requirements

For healthcare professionals who do not have an existing mentorship qualification and have undertaken preparation in practice supervision.


This course is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

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