London Ambulance Service: practice education course

Certificate in practice educationThe London Ambulance Service certificate in practice education course is designed to support the mentors by giving them the tools to effectively mentor and support students in practice placements, which includes understanding the role of the practice placement educator, providing feedback and the standards required in completing the practice assessment document.The development of practice educators in other health disciplines is predominantly aimed at developing the registered health professional. It was recognised that there was a wealth of knowledge and expertise with the development of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and their skills. As a result, this course was developed to include EMTs as well as paramedics, to provide student placement support and mentorship within the scope of their practice and in relation to the students’ developmental needs.Staff wishing to become practice educators must have completed one year post qualification and be supported in their application by their area management team when applying for the course.The certificate in practice education has been designed to attract a higher education credit rating. The University of Greenwich, School of Health and Social Care (credits for learning) offer practice educators who successfully complete the programme, 15 credits at level 5 or 6. The programme consists of three taught modules, totalling 30 hours of study and 120 hours of student placement development. After completing this, practice educators have to submit a specific portfolio that demonstrates their continued professional development. Modules 1 and 2 are taught consecutively and students then consolidate this theory during subsequent student placements.

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