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Being a Practice Educator

As part of their training every Health Care Professional needs opportunities and time to practice their skills and build their knowledge in settings outside of the classroom. The time spent gaining hands-on experience is essential for students to build the knowledge, skills, confidence and attitudes and that will help them to become independent practicing Allied Health Professionals.

Most AHP students have to spend up to 1000 hours of their total training in practice education.

Even when someone is qualified, they still need to maintain their learning and education. We think of practice education as describing any teaching and learning that happens in Practice or Work-based Settings.

We use the term 'Practice Educator' to describe those that teach, supervise, assess and support students who are undertaking a formal learning placement in a practice setting e.g. hospital, community, care home, or school setting.