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Quality Standards for Practice Placements (Revised 2008)

The central focus for Practice Education is to support practitioners and students who are learning in practice. Providing support in the workplace is key to this and our team are able to help with a number of initiatives and resources that will ensure safe, effective and person centred care (as defined by the Health Care Quality Strategy for NHSScotland).

The Quality Standards for Practice Placements

Quality practice placement experiences, within a positive learning environment, support the development of healthcare professionals to deliver safe and effective person-centred care.

qualitystandards The Quality Standards for Practice Placements (QSPP revised in November 2008) were created so that students and those individuals and organisations who support them understand their responsibilities and expectations in relation to practice placement learning. The Standards apply to any structured placement learning in NHS Scotland that is accessed by Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals and supported through an educational programme.

The QSPP is 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.

Quality Standards for Practice Placements Audit Tool

qualitystandardsauditFollowing the launch of the Quality Standards for Practice Placements, this audit tool was developed in response to feedback from stakeholders to enable auditing of the QSPP at organisational and local level with NHS Boards in Scotland. It is envisaged that this audit tool may be used alongside others developed by universities to meet professional bodies' requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Professions Council (HPC).

As such, the tool is one of a number of resources which can help practitioners to evidence the quality of the learning environment which supports all education in practice