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Practice Based Learning

Use this guide to find information resources about practice based learning, supervision and assessment including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 16/05/2024

Key Resources

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) Future nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurses. London: NMC.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) Standards of proficiency for nursing associates. London: NMC.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2023) Education programme standards: our updated standards.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. London: NMC.
NHS Education for Scotland (2019) Practice learning handbook: for practice supervisors and practice assessors. Edinburgh: NHS Education for Scotland. 
World Health Organization (2016) Nurse educator core competencies. WHO: Geneva.


Book cover Feeney Á and Everett S (2020) Understanding supervision and assessment in nursing. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Book cover Leigh J and Roberts D (eds.) (2021) Supervising and assessing student nurses and midwives in clinical practice: a practical guide. Banbury: Lantern.
Book cover Johns C (ed.) (2022) Becoming a reflective practitioner. 6th edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book cover Lidster J and Wakefield S (2022) Student practice supervision and assessment: a guide for NMC nurses and midwives. 2nd edn. London: Learning Matters. 
Book Cover Marson N (2019) Leading by coaching: how to deliver impactful change one conversation at a time. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book cover McKinnon J (2016) Reflection for nursing life: principles, process and practice. Abingdon: Routledge.
Book cover Mills J and Brand D (2017) Learning in practice for nursing students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book cover Morley D A, Wilson K and Holbery N (2019) Facilitating learning in practice: a research-based approach to challenges and solutions. London: Routledge. 

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Advance HE: Fellowship
  • Advance HE fellowship demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and provides recognition of practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. Four categories reflect the diverse roles of those who teach and support learning in higher education, from positions where teaching and learning is only part of the role, to senior professionals with strategic impact on teaching and learning at an organisational, national or international level.
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Health Education England and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic Programme
  • Research training awards for health and social care professionals, excluding doctors and dentists, who wish to develop careers that combine research and research leadership with continued practice and professional development.
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