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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:

Tools to Self-check Against the Content of the Placement Agreements

Once the agreements are signed, there is the next stage of implementing the clauses into everyday practice. Firstly we need to to identify what we currently do and do not do. There will be gaps that we all need to work towards in terms of meeting the requirements of the clauses within the agreements.

The following 'self-check audit tools' can be used to identify where the gaps are within the Health Board and within each profession. The idea is to be able to identify where the gaps currently are and to help local discussions about what the solutions could be and to see if other professions or sites/ services already have a solution that can be used.

Both self-check tools require to have any local Tier 3 additions added to them where relevant. Your local Practice Education Lead will be able to help with this.

There are two self-check audit tools:

  1. Organisational Self-Check Against the Content of the Agreements for the Health Board
  2. Profession-specific Self-Check Against the Content of the Agreements

Guidance about undertaking the profession specific self-check audits


Master template to Report findings from PPA Uni-professional Self-Check Reports:

Template to record a local AHP-wide action plan to meet gaps from slef-check audits: