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AHP Facilitation of Learning for Practice Educators

AHP Practice-based Learning in NHSGGC

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a change of AHP service delivery within NHS Scotland.  Consequently in March 2020 most AHP placements throughout Scotland were paused.  AHP Placements commenced in all professions within NHSGGC in September 2020 and all AHP professions are continuing to develop practice placements within their areas. The numbers of AHP practice placements continues to develop with a variety of practice-based learning models being used. The COVID19 pandemic continues to affect NHS Scotland and the changing landscape of potential restrictions can impact on placement provision.

 The AHP Practice co-ordinators and educators continue to work extremely hard and innovatively to provide practice placements within NHSGGC. Additionally  higher education institutions have been working in collaboration with practice placement co-ordinators, practice educators, NES and the Scottish Government to think  innovatively and plan placement provision in the current environment 

Please get in touch

The AHP Practice Placement Quality Group members are working hard to support  the recovery of practice placements. Both the members of the group for your profession and the AHP practice education team are keen to support practice placements so please get in touch!

Details of the group members and practice education team are below in the AHP Practice Placement Quality Group information.

Student Wellbeing

Students wellbeing is of utmost importance. At this time, each Scottish higher education institution (HEI)  is providing a range of wellbeing support to students. Students can self refer themselves.
Links to HEI-specific support sites are provided in the document accessed here at :

Practice Educators can signpost students to resources within the HEI’s.

Rapid Action placement Oversight Group

The RAPOG (Rapid action placement oversight group) was established in Scotland in August 2020 to have oversight of the impact of the disruption to Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) student practice learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This group has been disbanded however many useful resources can be found on their page. 

The RAPOG webpage provides up to date national information on NMAHP student placements and can be accessed by clicking here


If you have any comments or for further information on these webpages please contact Elspeth Lee

AHP Practice Education Lead –

AHP Practice-based Learning National Resources

The AHP practice-based learning (PrBL) national site is funded by the AHP Practice Education Programme.

It contains resources to support PrBL. This includes links to the ‘How to’Workshops, Information on models of placement delivery, digital knowledge and skills and practice educator preparation.

Additionally the site provides an explanation of the national groups supporting AHP PrBL and Scotland wide initiatives to support PrBL.

Please click here to access the AHP Practice-based Learning resources

AHP Student and Practice Educator Handbook

The AHP student and practice educator handbook provides a variety of resources and information for students and practice educators. It is updated quarterly to ensure it reflects current AHP information and resources. If you feel information requires updated or could be added to please contact
It includes templates for reflection, recording next of kin and permission to share students final report with the higher education institute
It also provides information for students and practice educators on code of conduct, policies, practicalities such as student car insurance, student feedback, students raising a concern, students accessing electronic information systems, membership of PVG Scheme and fire safety for students.

The handbook has been reviewed (June 2022) and the new version can be accessed in the link below.

AHP Student and Practice Educator Handbook

AHP Student Feedback Questionnaire

The recovery of AHP practice placements within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has recommenced following the pause of placements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many cases NHSGGC AHPs are providing placements differently or with some changes due to COVID-19 and we would value feedback from AHP students. To assist AHPs to improve and understand the student experience we wish to find out what went well, where we could improve the placement experience we offer and to share what challenges were experienced and how these were perhaps overcome. This information will be gathered by a questionnaire. This will be anonymous unless you choose to add the placement area details (voluntary).

  The data from the survey will initially be shared with the AHP professional leads for dissemination through their service.

 The link to the survey should be provided to each AHP student by the Practice educator who is working directly  with the student on placement within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This can be provided:

·        As a link within an email

·        On student induction paperwork

·        In student information folders

·        In written form as a URL.

It should be stated that participation in the survey is voluntary.

The link to the survey is:

To access the survey please click on the link above. 

Guidance on cancellation of AHP practice placements

This guidance is to be used when cancelling a practice placement within the health board to ensure other options have been considered. The cancellation guidance is supported within the healthboard by the AHP Practice Placement Quality group.
To access the Cancellation Guidance please click here

AHP practice based learning agreements

All information in relation to the agreements can be accessed here

Since 2010, there have been AHP Practice Placement Agreements in place between each Scottish higher education institution (HEI)  that runs pre-registration programmes and each NHS Board. Previously known as Practice Placement Agreements (PPA). The AHP PPA’s are currently being refreshed (now to be called AHP Practice-based Learning Agreement ).

NHSGGC have AHP Practice-based Learning Agreements with Glasgow Caledonian University, Queen Margaret University,  Robert Gordon University, University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh Napier University

What is new in the AHP Practice-based learning Agreement?

 The revised agreement provides greater clarity and consistency in approach to governance arrangements for professions, universities and Practice Education Providers. It consolidates current custom and practice that has evolved in relation to student Practice-based Learning since 2009.

 The approach to refreshing the agreement has been to include agreed content written during the original signing, and subsequent developments that underpin the provision of AHP student Practice-based Learning e.g. HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students (2017), AHP placement cancellation guidance, provision of practice educator training etc. The refreshed content has an operational focus to address and balance the requirements of different stakeholders.

 What has not changed?

 The agreements clarify contemporary governance arrangements for Student Practice-based learning. The approach to refreshing the agreements has not included a review of the ongoing commitment to student ‘PrBL Weeks’ (placement weeks) per profession. This work is being progressed separately and will involve Scottish Government, AHP Directors, Practice Education Providers, professional bodies.

 AHP Students from non -Scottish HEI’s

AHP  students who are studying at non-Scottish HEI’s often have placements within NHSGGC however as there are no practice-based learning agreements with these institutions,  governance arrangements regarding issues such as PVG, immunisations etc must be discussed with the HEI and student prior to the student coming on placement.

AHP practice placement quality group

The AHP practice placement quality group provides an inter-professional health board wide approach to improving the quality of AHP student education and increasing the capacity to provide learning opportunities for preregistration students. The group will support a positive learning environment through enhancing the student experience informed by AHPs within the board, NHS Scotland, Quality Standards for Practice Placement (QSPP) and student evaluation. The group will enable communication, information sharing and facilitate collaborative engagement between the board and higher/further education institutions about AHP student education. It guides both current and future projects and allows sharing of good practice across professions.

Membership of Group

The group has representatives from AHP professions within NHSGGC.

AHP RepresentativeNameContact e-mail
FacilitatorJennifer Dick
Art Psychotherapy (member by email)Tracymarie
Dietetics partnershipsNicola
Dietetics-acute  Amanda Hallson
Diagnostic RadiographyKenna
Occupational Therapy-PartnershipsDorothy
Occupational Therapy- acuteJudith Rennie
Orthotics & ProstheticsClare
Acute sector PhysiotherapySarah
Speech & Language Therapy-Adult Partnerships(email member) Kirsty Smart
Speech & Language Therapy-PaediatricsRoslyn
Speech & Language Therapy-Adult Learning DisabilityNicola
Speech & Language Therapy- acuteCarrie-Anne
Therapeutic RadiographyEilean
Glasgow Caledonian University AHP representativeAnita
University of Strathclyde AHP representativeChristine McMonagle 

To access the terms of reference for the group please click here:…uality-group-tor/

AHP practice educator training

AHP practice educator training is provided by all five of the Scottish higher education institutions (HEIs) who provide pre registration AHP courses: Glasgow Caledonian University and Strathclyde (jointly), Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Napier university and  Robert Gordon University. The NHSGGC Practice Placement Quality Group have agreed that AHPs should refresh their practice educator training every five years.

If an AHP attends a course from one of the HEI’s, this provides them with the information and knowledge to supervise students from all HEI’s i.e. an AHP does not need to attend all four HEI’s practice educator training courses to supervise students from the other HEIs. However AHPs need to ensure they are familiar with the paperwork and requirements for each course.

The universities have collaborated to create shared online Practice educator training modules -approaches to learning programme- which is available on Turas, the NHS Education for Scotland digital platform.

All new and experienced practice educators from any sector in Scotland can access these modules you will need to register/ be registered with TURAS to access.

Too access Practice Educator preparation online modules click here

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