Practice-based learning is a term used to describe learning undertaken while on placement.
It’s where nursing and midwifery students apply the knowledge and skills they’ve learnt during their studies, giving them the real-world experience they need to be safe and effective practitioners.
Practice-based learning is a fundamental part of every nurse or midwife’s formal education, but – as a result of changes introduced by the NMC – the way that students’ work is overseen and signed off is now very different.
The NMC say they are making the changes now to allow for greater flexibility of assessment and greater innovation by placement providers.
There’s no doubt this provides a unique opportunity to improve the quality of all practice-based learning and the knowledge and skills that our students gain.
However, this can only happen if everyone is up to speed on the changes and can deliver the new curriculum successfully.
Many of the workshops are now fully-booked, but for those unable to attend, we’re also developing a number of online resources, which will explain the changes in detail.