Our practice learning experience offers a variety of placements in locations throughout the United Kingdom and in some cases abroad. This is essential for producing nursing and midwifery graduates (pre and post registration) who are fit for purpose in rapidly changing international health care environments.

These webpages aim to provide both supporting staff and students with up-to-date information.

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Resources on CampusMoodle for Mentors & Practice Teachers

Annual Update

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Mentor and Practice Teacher

Mentor Preparation Programme


The Mentor Preparation Programme was developed in partnership between Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland.

This is a stand-alone programme and is free of charge.

The structure of Mentor Preparation follows that stipulated in the core curriculum framework of the National Approach to Mentor Preparation for Nurses and Midwives (NES, 2013).

Mentor Preparation Programme Dates 2019 (PDF 185KB)

Mentor Refresher Days

Mentor Refresher Days 2019 (PDF 322KB)

Mentor Support Forums 2019 (Informal update for all mentors)

Venue: Summerfield House

Mentor Support Forum 2019 (PDF 208KB)


  • Registered nurse/midwife and currently in practice
  • Has developed own knowledge, skills and competence beyond registration, i.e. registered for at least one year
  • Access to pre-registration student from same part of the register (desirable but not essential)
  • Access to a supervising mentor. The supervising mentor must be an experienced mentor who is live on the mentor register.
  • Support and authorisation from charge nurse/nurse manager/ midwifery manager.
  • Access to a computer and the Internet.

Prior to application a supervising mentor requires to be identified for the student mentor undertaking the programme. The role of the supervising mentor is to support and facilitate the student mentor in practice and verify their achievement of the NMC mentor competence and outcomes (NMC, August 2008)

Do you need to undertake the Mentor Preparation Programme?

Perhaps you have undertaken some form of mentor preparation previously and have experience of mentoring students in practice. To check your eligibility for inclusion on the locally held mentor register download:

Recognition of Previous mentor and Practice Teacher Preparation (PDF 492KB)

Appraise yourself against categories 1 – 5 of the flow chart on page two of the document.

  • If you fall into categories 2 or 3  on the flow chart you are required to submit evidence of your previous mentor preparation and experience.
  • The type of evidence required is explained on page three of the document.
  • You will also need to complete the registration form on page four of the document and the Development Needs Analysis Tool  and submit these documents along with your evidence  

Structure and Delivery

The programme will normally be completed within a three month period (or pro rata for part-time staff). Within this time frame student mentors will require to undertake the equivalent of 10 days study (70 hours), five days (35 hours) of which will be protected learning time. Three of these protected learning days will be mandatory contact days requiring attendance in class. The remaining two days (14 hours) of protected learning time will be self directed, negotiated with the manager and may be completed in the work place. The student mentor will be expected to complete the remaining five days (35 hours) of study in their own time.


Content will be delivered on-line via Robert Gordon University CampusMoodle with the three mandatory contact days scheduled at the beginning, middle and end points of the programme. The structure of the Mentor Preparation Programme follows that stipulated in the core curriculum framework of the national approach to mentor preparation for nurses and midwives (NES, 2013):

  • Unit 1 – Learning
  • Unit 2 – Professional Relationships and Accountability
  • Unit 3 – Assessment


Achievement of NMC mentor competence and outcomes will be demonstrated through the development of an ePortfolio of evidence. This ePortfolio will be self assessed by you, the student mentor, and verified by your supervising mentor. In addition you are required to produce a written account which demonstrates the application of theory to practice. This will be assessed by your academic tutor. On successful completion of all elements of the programme you can be annotated on your locally held live register.


In order to undertake the Mentor Preparation Programme you will require access to a computer and the Internet. Basic computer skills are desirable. You will receive instruction on CampusMoodle and the ePortfolio on Contact Day 1.

When the programme will be running

The Mentor Preparation Programme runs four times per year commencing in January, April, July and August.

Venue for Contact Days

For Grampian based student mentors there is a choice of venue - Robert Gordon University (Garthdee Campus) and Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin. The programme also runs in Shetland and Orkney. Some of the sessions will be video-linked across the four sites and the contact days will be facilitated locally by Practice Education Facilitators and Practice Education Lecturers.

Applications: NHS Grampian

Applications from registered nurses/midwives working within NHS Grampian will be processed through Robert Gordon University.


Using your workplace e-mail, attach the following to a new e-mail and send to marina.veitch@rgu.ac.uk

  1. Completed application form
  2. Associate student form
  3. A portrait style photograph of yourself for your student card

Mentor Preparation Application Form (PDF 216KB)

Associate Student Form 2019 (PDF 171KB)

Mentor Preparation Programme Dates 2019 (PDF 185KB)

PLEASE NOTE: it is essential that you access your workplace e-mail account regularly as all correspondence relating to your application will be sent by e-mail. Any questions please contact Jennifer Cowie as Module Coordinator, on 01224 263116 or j.m.cowie2@rgu.ac.uk

Applications: NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland

Annual Update

This section is intended to provide some general guidance for mentors, practice teachers and managers regarding the maintenance of the Nursing and Midwifery Council ‘Standards to support learning and assessment in practice’ (NMC, 2008).

All staff recorded on their local placement mentor register as a mentor/sign-off mentor for pre-registration nursing students or practice teacher for post-registration nursing students, must demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competence on an ongoing basis (NMC, 2008).

Standards to support learning and assessment in practice (Opens in new window)

Declaration of Mentor Status (PDF 125KB)

Mentor Register Template (DOC 40KB)


Annual Update on CampusMoodle

Further information and resources for Mentors and Practice Teachers is available within  CampusMoodle. To login with your RGU username and password please follow this link

CampusMoodle (Opens in new window) | Annual Update Guide (PDF 110KB) 

No login?

If you think you should have access to this area please select one of the options below.  If you have forgotten your password please contact IThelpdesk@rgu.ac.uk

Mentor requesting access

Practice Teacher requesting access

Triennial review of mentors and practice teachers

The nature of the triennial review of mentors and practice teachers is for the placement providers to determine but may form part of an employer-led personal development appraisal.

To be maintained on the local register the individual must have evidence of having:

  • Mentored at least two students (practice teachers to have supervised at least one student) with due regard (extenuating circumstances permitting) within the three year period. Supervisors of midwives are required to mentor at least one student undertaking a supervisor of midwives programme during the three year period relating to triennial review as outlined in NMC Circular 01/2008.
  • Participated in annual updating – to include an opportunity to meet and explore assessment and supervision issues with other mentors/practice teachers
  • Explored as a group activity the validity and reliability of judgements made when assessing practice in challenging circumstances
  • Mapped ongoing development in their role against the current NMC mentor/practice teacher standards
  • Been deemed to have met all requirements needed to be maintained on the local register as a mentor, sign-off mentor or practice teacher

Triennial Review Document (PDF 317KB)Triennial Review Form (DOC 40KB)

Practice Teacher

Do you need to undertake professional development?  

Perhaps you have undertaken some form of practice teacher preparation previously and have experience of supporting students in practice. To check your eligibility for inclusion on the locally held practice teacher register, please open the document below “Recognition of Previous Practice Teacher Preparation and Experience”.

Access the following flow chart and consider where you fall and discuss with the relevant Course Leader:

Route to be a Practice Teacher (PDF 62KB)

Following discussion with the relevant Course Leader. you may be eligible to seek Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience using the following document:

Recognition of Previous Mentor and Practice Teacher Preparation September 2017 (PDF 428KB)

Practice Teacher Preparation Programme

The Practice Teacher Preparation Programme was developed in partnership between Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland. The structure of our Practice Teacher programme follows the Standards to support learning and assessment in practice (NMC 2008). For more information:

Supporting Professional Development 30 Credits Level 11; ECTS points 15

Supervising Practice Teacher Handbook NUM031 (PDF 417KB)

Sign-off Practice Teachers form (DOC 40KB)

PEL Support for Practice Learning (Session 2018-2019)

The School of Nursing and Midwifery work in partnership with practice colleagues in order to support student learning in practice. Each practice learning environment has a designated PEL who ensures relevant professional regulatory standards are maintained through our quality assurance processes (e.g. audits and PLET meetings). Given the individual requirements of each programme delivered by the School, the model of PEL support differs. Guidance for each programme is therefore detailed.

PEL Support for Learning Practice (PDF 78KB)

Guidance for mentors in module NU2563 (PDF 307KB)

Visit the School of Nursing & Midwifery site

Nursing & Midwifery web site

Online Discussion Forum

CampusMoodle Upgrade

Speak to other practice teachers on CampusMoodle


This page contains a variety of forms which may be useful to both the student, mentor and practice teacher.

PLEASE NOTE - The content of this page is currently under review.  If you have any queries about the documentation on this page please email NursingandMidwifery@rgu.ac.uk (December 2018)


This is a list of the core information for all mentors and should be saved on the desktop of your PC.   

FAQ about Clinical Skills for Student Nurses or Midwives (PDF 138KB)

Additional Skills for Adult Pre-registration Nursing Students November 2017 (PDF 134KB)

Further forms can be accessed by the Practice Education Staff and all Mentors in the Annual Update and Resource Area for Mentors and Practice Teachers in CampusMoodle. (Opens in new window)

Administration of Medicine and Incident reporting



Midwifery Mentor Checklist for completion of Assessment of Practice Documentation (PDF 25KB)

Midwifery Student Checklist for completion of Assessment of Practice Documentation (PDF 28KB)

Extenuating Claims forms

Academic Regulations

Assessment Charter Nursing and Midwifery (PDF 152KB)

Practice Education Assessment Documents (PLADs)

From 2015 all Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland are moving towards use of the Ongoing Achievement Record (Scotland).  Here at RGU we are starting to use it online with all our Nursing students from October 2015.  Information about using the electronic version of the OAR can be found in a separate section below. The PLADS listed below are for reference purposes only.

Midwifery Assessment of Practice Form 2014 (PDF 2.5MB)

Midwifery Log for Bachelor of Midwifery Course 2014 (PDF 595KB)



Cause for Concern

Community and Child Health

Course and Programme Information

Online Placement Documentation

Interprofessional Experience (IPE)

Placement Expenses

General Information

Student Placement Expenses July 2019 (PDF 128KB)

Friends and Family Accommodation Form (PDF 142KB)


Bed And Breakfast Booking Form (PDF 39KB)


Insurance document may be required (to include business use)

Mileage Pre-Approval Form 2019 (PDF 25KB)

Detailed Caseload Mileage Form (PDF 112KB)

SAAS Claim Form

Once you have completed your SAAS claim form you should send it to Maureen Cooper, Senior Clerical Assistant, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health & Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QG, including all receipts. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that they have used the correct cost of postage when sending their claims by post. Failure to do so may result in your claim not being delivered. So as not to delay the processing of your claims please make sure that all information is provided on the claim form. A form can be viewed below.

SAAS Bursaries Placement Expenses Claim Form (PDF 283KB)


If you are unsure of any part of the claim please email Maureen Cooper m.cooper5@rgu.ac.uk




Practice Learning Education Team (PLET)

Dates and frequency of meetings will be flexible with a minimum of one meeting each semester.

Each PLET membership will agree the timetable annually

For information on where and when your next local PLET meeting will be please email Liz Law.

Practice Education Facilitator (PEF)

The practice education facilitator roles are designed to influence the quality of the clinical learning environment by providing support, educational input and development activities for mentors and students within HNC, pre-registration and post-registration education programmes. The role aims to enhance the quality of the practice learning experience and positively contribute to the future nursing/midwifery workforce. By enhancing the quality of the learning environment, the education and training needs of health care assistants and of the full range of professional groups may also be addressed.

  • Maximise the number of student nurses and midwives who can be supported within clinical practice areas
  • Ensure that the student experience is of the highest quality and enables the greatest benefit from the individual clinical learning experience
  • Enhance and support the role of the mentor
  • Ensure support and supervision for staff engaging in CPD/educational programmes which ultimately lead to practice development and improved services for patients and clients

The practice education facilitator will provide support, education and development for mentors and students from both pre and post registration education programmes, principally in clinical practice areas. This will entail the development and maintenance of a learning environment where both education and lifelong learning are seen as integral to clinical practice. Seen as an experienced practitioner she/he will both lead and facilitate practice education developments (practice learning) to support staff to make the necessary changes in their practice as required by the profession and the service. This role will be subject to annual review.

Practice Education Facilitator Job Description (PDF 49KB)

NES Practice Education (Opens in new window)

Practice Education Lecturer (PEL)

The School of Nursing and Midwifery developed a strategy to support learning of pre and post registration student nurses and midwives in practice in collaboration with NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Highland, NHS Tayside and NHS Western Isles, members of the private, voluntary sector and with placement providers at a distance.

Represented within this strategy are staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery practice education team (practice education lecturers), practice educators, practice education facilitators, mentors, practice teachers, clinical managers and representatives from course teams.