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Valuing the role of educators in practice: Greater Manchester's framework

10 February 2022
3 min read
Volume 31 · Issue 3

The correlation between enabling high-quality practice learning environments for health and care learners and their ability to deliver high-quality person-centred care is not a new concept. Indeed, Health Education England (HEE) (2017) has outlined the importance of improved clinical placement education systems, whereby healthcare education and training is well led, effectively managed and provides supportive learning environments.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 Greater Manchester embarked on an HEE-funded pioneering project, ‘Enabling Effective Learning Environments’, reviewing the complex factors surrounding sufficiency and effectiveness of practice learning environments. To start the project a period of extensive scoping took place by the four Greater Manchester universities, together with practice educators from their partner health and care organisations (March to September 2020). Initial scoping clearly demonstrated the pivotal role that educators in practice play in ensuring that the positive learning experience not just for student nurses but for all health and care learners.

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