Principles and Practice of Mentorship

Who is the module for?

The module is designed for registered health care professionals who wish to take on the role and responsibilities of mentor, sign off mentor, assessor of practical competence in all types of health and social care settings. This module will also prepare nursing associates to become practice supervisors under the new NMC (2018) Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment.

This module is assessed via a 2500 word essay and a Practice Portfolio.

If you would prefer to undertake the mentorship module assessed via Practice Portfolio ONLY please follow this link


The module is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and competence in supporting and reviewing the progress of healthcare students in practice based settings. You will be provided with the opportunity to explore your work environment from the perspective of a learning environment and to develop your own skills as a mentor/practice supervisor. This will involve learning about effective strategies and how to implement these in your field of practice. You will have the opportunity to share learning with other health related disciplines in an interactive environment which will help you to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to facilitate the development of the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The module will cover the following subject areas:

  • Building effective relationships with healthcare students;
  • Facilitating learning for a range of students, within practice areas;
  • Making judgments about progress and reviewing students’ competence;
  • Evaluating the standard of learning which is taking place;
  • Creating a quality practical learning environment;
  • Enabling students to apply theories in specific practical situations and environments;
  • Promoting evidence based practice;
  • Leadership skills for education and assessment of competence in practice environments.

Entry Criteria

  • Effective registration with the NMC/HCPC or other relevant professional body.i.e. ODP, Physiotherapist ESSENTIAL
  • 12 Months post registration experience, including experience of supervising students in practice environments
  • Undertaken successful level 4/5 academic study. 120 Credits ESSENTIAL
  • Currently be employed in practice and have the support of their manager in undertaking the module. ESSENTIAL
  • Have a named practice supervisor throughout the duration of the module. ESSENTIAL

Preparation for Learning

  • This is a degree-level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work to a degree-level standard.
  • If it is sometime since you produced an academic essay or undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to consider doing some preparatory academic work.
  • The Module Leader will advise and support the students.

How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information

Key information

Module Category: PRED
Module Code: 3000
Module Credits: 15
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Justin Dobson RN, BSc, PGCLTHE, MSc.

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8364


Semester 3

Tuesday 2 June

Tuesday 9 June

Tuesday 16 June

Assessment due August 2020

Return to study

This is a degree-level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at degree-level standard.

If it is sometime since you undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to consider undertaking some self-directed academic updating around returning to study.

More information can be found here


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