This site is the access portal to procedures, documentation and online database systems for academics and practice staff when undertaking quality assurance monitoring and enhancement activities for professional practice placements on behalf of the University of the West of England.
Professional Practice Placements
UWE practice placements used by professional programmes from across the departments of Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences must meet the requirements of the professional statutory regulatory organisations such as NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) or HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).
The information provided here will help to ensure that our professional practice placements meet the quality standards and strategies in place and that such information is monitored through the university policy systems and that of the placement providers.
Quality Assurance Standards
The QA standards set out by professional statutory regulatory organisations define the requirements and roles for both education and placement providers.
- NMC QA Framework June 2013 - updated September 2017
- MotMacDonald Quality Assurance Handbook - September 2016
- HCPC Standards of education and training - June 2017
Key documentation and systems
Placement quality monitoring and enhancement is an ongoing process and necessitates regular and frequent reviews of the standards in practice. The reviews ensures quality is maintained and developed and it is achieved through annual reporting as best practice.
The reporting system consists of an educational auditing process for an effective practice learning culture.
Educational Auditing for Professional Placements
Placement audits inform on the maintenance or improvements to the student practice placement experience and highlights areas of potential concerns or agreed actions.
Placement profiles contain comprehensive information for students about their next placement so they can be better prepared. Profiles need updating at the same time as the audit to reflect the frequent changes that take place in a placement area.
Online audit tool
Our online audit tool is now live. This facility is available to existing ARC PEP© users and can be accessed using your current username and password. Go to ARCPEP and Audit (login required).
For current ARC PEP© and Audit users please contact your UWE Academic in Practice if you have any queries about using the applications.
For those not yet using ARC PEP© you will be provided with a login for these facilities in due course. In the interim please continue to use the documentation and process as usual. Please contact your UWE Academic in Practice with any queries.
See our guide to the audit tool for more information.
See the Quality Assurance user guide as a starting point to the educational audit documentation and systems.
The initial audit is required for all new placements and is jointly undertaken by a UWE Bristol representative and the practice placement partner.
- Initial Audit Guide (guidance for new placement audit)
- Initial Audit Flowchart (new placement audit process)
- Initial Audit Template (start new placement audit)
The self-assessment audit is required for all existing placements, it is the process of re-auditing a placement. This is completed by the placement provider at regular time intervals. It is disseminated appropriately at all levels to ensure learning from good practice.
Please complete the placement profile each time you re-audit a placement.
- Self-Assessment Draft
- Self-Assessment Template (Allied Health Professions only )
- Self-Assessment Template (Learning Disabilities Nursing only)
The placement profile represents the exact status of a practice placement at a moment in time, it sets out the placement structure in the ARC core database and it is the only information students can view.
Please complete above placement profile template if you did not receive training and login details to ARC PEP©.
Quality data (view only)
Quality data including placement initial audits, self-assessment audits and placement profiles are collated and administered by the Professional Practice Office.
All our placement providers can view the data held in our secure repositories online.