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Here you will find all the information for Mentors & Educators who provide a placement service to University of Cumbria students.

(For the University's Peer Mentoring scheme, please visit the Peer Mentoring @ Cumbria pages)


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Mentor Support and Evidence Records

Mentor Updates and PARE Training

Nominating Students for Awards

Practice Education Facilitators

Policies and Procedures

Preparation for Placement and Student Documents

Raising and Escalating Concerns

Mentor Support 

Mentor Records

Regulatory bodies state that placement providers are responsible for ensuring that an up-to-date local register of current mentors and practice teachers is held and maintained. Mentors or practice teachers must demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competence on an ongoing basis. In order to support mentors collating this evidence many organisations have devised ‘Mentor Portfolio of Evidence’ or ‘Mentor Evidence Records’.

Documentation for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Documentation for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Documentation for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Documentation for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Documentation for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mentor Updates and PARE Training

Mentor Updates

Mentor Update Sessions

Contact the Placement Unit on 01524 590816 or email to Book

Please give your, job title, place of work and a contact phone number when booking.

Please ensure that you bring your PIN number with you on the day.

If you are unable to attend please telephone and cancel your place.

Nominating Students for Awards

The University likes to recognise students who excel, not only in their studies, but also in a wider variety of ways. We hope that mentors would also consider nominating our students for awards if a student has gone that extra mile in the practice placement area or undertaken a piece of work that will leave a lasting effect on their fellow students or profession.

Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs)

The University of Cumbria works closely with numerous PEFs across Cumbria and Lancashire. The role of the PEFs is to ensure the provision of high quality multi-professional learning environments for all healthcare students this includes in NHS settings and in the private, voluntary and independent sector.

Aspects of the PEF role include:

  • Supporting learning and assessment in practice
  • Quality Assurance of placements
  • Promotion of inter-professional learning opportunities
  • Management of placement capacity and capability
  • Ensuring Provision of mentor updates
  • Provision of in-house mentor Training Programmes.
  • Provision of mentor and student support

Download details of our Practice Education Facilitators

Policies and Procedures

Equality and Diversity

The University of Cumbria is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly. This link provides you with information about the work we are doing.

Where possible reasonable adjustments should be made in the work based environment. Local placement policies should be followed with regards to this. You may find some of the following useful:

RCN Toolkit for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia

The concern of the NMC (2010) when considering ‘reasonable adjustments’ is whether the adjustment enables a nurse, or midwife to achieve ‘safe and effective practice’ without supervision.

Good Health and Good Character

It is important that student nurses conduct themselves professionally at all times in order to justify the trust the public places in our professions. Throughout the Pre-registration programme students will learn about the behaviour and conduct that the public expects from nurses and midwives. This Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students sets out the personal and professional conduct expected of nursing or midwifery students in order for them to be fit to practice.

Good health is necessary to undertake practice as a nurse or a midwife. Good health means that a person must be capable of safe practice.

Good character is also important as nurses and midwives must be honest and trustworthy. Good character is based on a person’s conduct, behaviour and attitude. It also takes account of any convictions and cautions that are not considered to be compatible with professional registration and that might bring the profession into disrepute. A person’s character must be sufficiently good for them to be capable of safe and effective practice without supervision.

Data Sharing

Our Data Sharing Agreement defines the arrangements between the University of Cumbria and placement settings providing placements for University of Cumbria students.

Preparation for Placement

Placement profiles

Placement profiles are designed to illustrate the learning opportunities offered within a learning environment. This includes all relevant spokes, opportunities for inter-professional working and the client group that the placement supports. It highlights major components and specific strengths and expertise available within the area. In addition the document provides practical information such as shift patterns, models for team working, resources available, travel and parking arrangements and suggested pre-reading. Students have access to these profiles through the Placement Learning Unit Blackboard site. During the induction period the profile should be made available for discussion between the mentor and the student.

Here is an example of a placement profile.

Student Documents

Practice Assessment Records (PARs)

The Practice Assessment Record (PAR) is an assessment of practice document that students will be given for each year. The Practice Assessment Record (PAR) is based on the NMC (2010) Standards for Competence for entry to the NMC register. These competencies are divided into 4 domains; Professional values,Communication and interpersonal skills;Nursing practice and decision making andLeadership, management and team work. The Nursing & Midwifery Council requires students to have this document that is produced to Mentors at the beginning and end of each Placement to enable decisions to be made on the Student’s progress and competence.

Skills Inventory

This inventory forms an important part of a students Professional Development Portfolio and is linked to the practice assessment modules in each year of the programme

The ESC’s MUST be achieved to successfully progress through the progression points in years one and two and resister as a nurse. This record will evidence this achievement and contribute toward final summative assessment within the practice modules. The inventory will also help to inform the practice assessment record (PAR) by providing evidence of other skills achievement.

Exposure to other client groups.

The NMC (2010) requires all students to develop competence in their ability to be able to recognise and respond to the essential needs of all people who come into their care. It is likely that students will gain these experiences within their Hub placements. For example, a client may be seen in an out-patient department for a long term condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but they may also be experiencing depression, or a person with a learning disability may develop pneumonia. However, this may not always be the case and so consideration should be given to this requirement when planning learning opportunities in Hubs, Spokes and short visits. It is extremely important that the student documents these exposures within their Practice Assessment Records (PARs). This will be monitored by the University following each Placement.

The different groups for each field can been seen in the chart below:

 Adult FieldChild FieldLearning Disability FieldMental Health Field
Client Group Pregnant and postnatal women Pregnant and postnatal women Pregnant and postnatal women Pregnant and postnatal women
Babies, children and young people Adults and older people Babies, children and young people Babies, children and young people
Mental health Mental health Mental health Learning disabilities
Learning disabilities Learning disabilities Adults and older people Adults and older people
People with long term conditions such as cognitive impairment People with long term conditions such as cognitive impairment People with long term conditions such as cognitive impairment People with long term conditions such as cognitive impairment
People with physical disabilities People with physical disabilities People with physical disabilities People with physical disabilities

Useful URLs

Raising and Escalating Concerns

It is important that all students remember that they have a professional responsibility to report practices that contravene any Professional Code of Practice(s); Trust or Employer policy and procedures that are detrimental to the safety and welfare of patients/clients or other vulnerable individuals who may come into contact with the service.