Assessment in Practice

MSc Physiotherapy

All Practice Based Learning assessment forms are completed online and can be accessed via this link:

Students are reminded of the importance of completing the health and safety/induction checklists to ensure they are complaint with the requirements of the Health & Safety Act (1974). If any student has concerns with regard to health and safety or feels they have not received enough information, the Work Based Learning Team must be contacted immediately. A paper example of the health and safety form can be viewed here for information only. This MUST be completed as part of the online assessment document.

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.