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Allied Health Professions

Practice Placement Partnership Agreements

The AHP PEL Programme is facilitating the introduction of Practice Placement Partnership Agreements between Scottish universities that run AHP pre-registration programmes and Health Boards within NHSScotland. The agreements promote a common and sustainable approach to AHP pre-registration practice education across the professions within Scotland. A national steering group has guided the development of the Practice Placement Partnership Agreements between Scottish universities that require AHP student placements and Scottish Health Boards.

Benefits of the AHP Practice Placement Partnership Agreements

  • Key to enhancing the culture of student placement provision in NHSScotland
  • Support the development of the AHP workforce to be fit for practice to meet service user needs
  • Strengthen the governance arrangements related to placement provision
  • These improvements will be consistent across the universities and Health Boards
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities of Health Boards and universities in relation to pre-registration student practice placement provision
  • Introduce an on-going commitment from each Health Board to provide a certain amount of placements per profession each year.

Resources to support the implementation of the practice placement agreements are available below:

Guidance on Managing Practice Placement Cancellations

Guidance for managing risks to practice placement provision within Scotland has been developed as part of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) AHP Practice Education Programme. This guidance promotes a consistent Scotland-wide approach to managing local risks of practice placement cancellations. Please contact the AHP Practice Education Lead (PEL) within a specific NHS Board if you have specific questions.