Establishing a guidance toolkit for assessment of proficiencies in students
Nursing students are required to achieve a range of proficiencies and competencies in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) standards.
In Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System, a lack of consistency in assessment was formerly identified, with the potential to prevent achievement of the Annexe A and B procedures, and thereby impact students' progress in their programmes of study. In response, we have developed and disseminated a Guidance for the Assessment of Proficiencies (GAP) toolkit for pre-registrant nurses. This toolkit comprises a rigorous integrated framework for supporting student skill acquisition – including relevant documents for each field (adult, child, learning disability, and mental health) – while facilitating a consistent system-wide approach, and subsequently bridging the gap in proficiencies.
Student rationales for quitting, or considering leaving, their programmes of study in nursing predominantly relate to being overwhelmed, stressed, and doubting their clinical ability (Health Education England, 2022). Hence, our development of the GAP toolkit sought to enhance quality practice learning experiences across the pre-registration learning journey, with an intent that the toolkit would help mitigate student concerns around meeting the requirements in the NMC annexes.
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