An indirect supervision model: sharing good practice
The University of Chester and the University of Huddersfield are leading the way in implementing an indirect supervision model for learners (Knight et al, 2022). The universities are Nursing and Midwifery Council-approved education institutes (AEIs). They use a flexible bank of nurses to support learners in environments that do not have practice supervisors and practice assessors. Placement capacities have increased significantly using this model. The uptake of this innovative practice has been supported with inter-institutional dialogue, fostering a productive relationship between these two universities.
Implementation of this model has established students’ opportunities to undertake innovative placements extending beyond the NHS, which promote vital alternative and relevant skillsets across diverse cultural and situational backgrounds.
As Hodge et al (2021) have outlined, pre-registration student nurse training must offer an introduction to care within communities. They noted that broadminded placement opportunities ensure that students are actively ‘afforded an opportunity to think about future career opportunities they might not have considered’ (Hodge et al, 2021: 1196).
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