Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Preparation

The NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (2018) require that registrants who facilitate learning and assess students must be prepared for these roles. NMC expects that all registered nurses will be practice supervisors. A practice supervisor is a registered health professional who supports and supervises students, providing feedback on their progress toward and achievement of proficiencies. A practice assessor with experience in the field of practice, is an NMC registrant who conducts assessments to confirm achievement of proficiencies.

Due to COVID–19 restrictions our normal face to face preparation and update sessions are not available. At present, all PS/PA preparation sessions are online, a transition course and full preparation course can be accessed via the PEF email, providing the following details: your name, ward, unit or clinical team name and location to

To determine which programme you need to undertake please complete the Recognition of Prior Learning form in the ‘Once for Wales’ Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Guide and discuss this with your Nominated Practice Lead or PEF.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience Quick Guide

Transition Preparation (3 hours)

Practitioner on current ‘live’ mentor register. GMC, HCPC, or AHP registrant who has undertaken approved teaching course.

Practitioner from outside BCUHB who has portfolio evidence of mentoring in the last 3 years

Full Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Preparation (online or blended 2 days)

Practitioner who has completed Mentor /sign off preparation course or module in the past but not mentored for 3 years. Individual assessment to determine appropriate course.

Practitioner who has attended mentor preparation course or module but has not submitted assessment or failed. Candidates may wish to complete assessment and undertake Transition preparation.

All registered practitioners who have not previously undertaken teaching or mentor preparation.

All final year student nurses will undertake Practice Supervision preparation as part of the pre-registration education programme.