Practice Supervisor, Practice Assessor and Practice Educator Training


Practice Supervisor

This course is for any practitioner wishing to support NMC registrant learners within the practice learning environment. You are not required to be an NMC registrant yourself (HCPC registered staff can act as a practice supervisor supporting nursing students) but will support learners by providing learning opportunities, supervision and will liaise with their practice assessor for assessment.


Practice Assessor

This course is for any practitioner wishing to oversee the assessment of NMC registrant learners. The role involves observing learners in the practice learning environment, curating feedback from Practice supervisors and liaising with Academic Assessors from the learners Higher Education Provider.


Practice Educator

This course is for HCPC registrants wishing to support and assess HCPC learners within the practice learning environment. Educators must be registered on the same part of the HCPC register as those of the learners they are assessing.  

To access these courses, visit our online learning platform and create an account by clicking 'Sign Up' (top right). Once you've created your account visit the course catalogue and click 'Enrol Now' on a course. You will then be able to access that course from 'My Dashboard'. Please also see the Practice Supervisor, Practice Assessor, Practice Educator Online Training Resources.

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Online Learning Platform

PARE and PebblePad Training

See below for the upcoming dates for PARE and PebblePad training. To book, simply click on the date you are interested in. 


Introduction to PebblePad

9 April, 11.00-12.00

8 May, 16.00-17.00

5 June, 11.00-12.00

2 July, 14.00-15.00


PARE Training

18 April, 14.00-15.00

1 May, 16.00-17.00

29 May, 16.00-17.00

19 June, 16.00-17.00

HCPC Practice Educator Update

A short video refresher series available to those who have completed the HCPC Practice Educator Course and wish to update their knowledge and refresh their skills. Select and view at least one of the available presentations below:


Paperwork and Procedure Presentation


Practice Educator Update - Paperwork and Procedure Presentation (PDF)

All documents referred to in this presentation can be found in the Profession Specific pages.


Supporting Students with Additional Learning Needs


Common Placement Assessment Form 


Practice Educator Update - Supporting Students with Additional Learning Needs (PDF)

Case Studies (PDF)

Case Study Strategies (PDF)

After watching at least one of these presentations, please fill in the short form linked below so that your update completion can be recorded. There's also a short evaluation so that you can provide feedback on the presentation:

Practice Educator Update Completion Form





A number of key articles, books and web-based learning resources are listed in this document.  They are aimed to develop a greater understanding of student practice education.

Practice Education key articles & web based resources (PDF)

Health and Care Professions Council -

Rasing a Concern about an HCPC Education Provider: As well as approving and monitoring approved programmes, the HCPC also listens to concerns that anyone might have about them.  Anyone can raise a concern about an approved programme of study. The HCPC normally expect someone to have completed an education provider's informal and formal internal complaints processes before raising a concern with them.  For further information: Concerns about an Approved Programme (web link)

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Royal College of Speech and Language

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Quality Improvement and Performance Framework

Care Quality Commission

Francis Report - Francis Report Executive Summary 

NHS Constitution - NHS Constitution 

Health Education England

Health Education East of England

Department of Health