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Allied Health Professions

Quality Standards for Practice Placements

High quality practice placement experiences, within a positive learning environment, support the development of healthcare staff to deliver safe, effective and person centred care. The multiprofessional Quality Standards for Practice Placements (NES, 2008) are designed to support the development of the learning environment within the practice setting.

For further information about Quality Standards for Practice Placements please visit the web page.

The Quality Standards for Practice Placements are an easy to use and auditable set of standards that enable professions in NHSScotland to monitor and improve the quality of their practice placements offered to all learners. These placements could be part of a formal education programme, such as that provided by a university or college.  Alternatively, the learning experience could be a local placement for individuals returning to work, or a practitioner from overseas that needs an adaptation placement to work in the NHS.

Audit Tools for the Quality Standards for Practice Placements (QSPP)

Each section of the QSPP can be audited using the relevant downloadable audit tool below. These sections have a completed example of the audit tool to provide ideas for evidence that could be used for each standard. Please note that it is necessary to save the audit tool to your computer before completing it.

Results of QSPP Section 4 Organisational Audit within the NHS

In 2012 the AHP Practice Education Facilitation Programme, in partnership with Robert Gordon University, undertook a NHSScotland-wide audit of the organisational standards within the QSPP. The audits provide evidence of how each Health Board supports a learning environment in the practice setting.

There are five recommendations from the NHSScotland-wide audit.

Developing the QSPP Audit Tool within the Allied Health Professions

Two pieces of work have been undertaken that ensure the relevance of the QSPP to AHPs in Scotland in supporting the quality of the practice learning environment.

  1. Enhancing the Quality of AHP Practice Education is a report looking at the range of quality documents to support practice-based placement experiences appropriate to AHPs
  2. An evaluation of the acceptability of the QSPP Audit Tool to AHPs in Scotland was undertaken in 2011. The final report and recommendations are presented below in a powerpoint format. A Summary Report and a list of the recommendations is also available.