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The Practice Educator’s role is to provide physiotherapy students with a learning experience within their specialty area, encourage and support student's learning, and assess each students's competency within their area.

Practice Educators have responsibility for assessing each student's level of clinical & professional competence. Practice Educators fulfill their role in partnership with, and with the support of, the Practice Education Team.

The students' level of competence is determined by the appropriate Common Assessment Form (CAF)

Level 1 (P1)

Level 2 (P2 & P3)

Level 3 (P4)

Level 3 (P5 & P6)

Learning Outcomes and the marking criteria are the same at each level of the CAF. However, the behaviours expected to achieve the learning outcomes become more complex as students progress through the course.

A list of the other documentation which should be completed for each placement is available here.

The curriculum outline gives an indication of the modules taught in each year of the under-graduate Physiotherapy degree.

The Discipline of Physiotherapy supports physiotherapists in developing their role as Practice Educators through provision of annual training days, on-site practice Tutors, site visits from Regional Placement Facilitators (RPF) and/or the Practice Education Co-ordinator (PEC). Practice Educators new to assessing students should consult with a member of the Practice Education Team when marking the CAF.

Practice Education Study Days are run annually in conjunction with the other Dublin Schools of Physiotherapy (University College Dublin (UCD), and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)).

The aim of these study days is to address the learning needs of Practice Educators- both those new to student supervision and those who have been supervising physiotherapy students for some time.

Read more about topics covered in these study days:

Creating a Positive Learning Environment (PDF 451 kB)

Making Your Feedback Work (PDF 666 kB)

Introduction to using the Common Assessment Form (PDF 304 kB)

Managing an Under-performing Student (PDF 406 kB)

Teaching On the Run (PDF 2 mB)

Other resources used that can be used by Practice Educators as they support under-performing students include:

Treatment Plan Template (PDF 32 kB)

Daily Timetable Template (MS Word 28 kB)

Risk of Failure (MS Word 49 kB)

Risk of Failure Log (MS Word 38 kB)

Introduction to Peer Learning (PDF 1034 kB)

TCD Peer Learning Model (Firsthand 2015) (PDF 61 kB)

Time Management on Placement (PDF 612 kB)

Supporting Students with Disabilities (CSP)

Disability Awareness Pack (PDF 106 kB)

Online modules for the education of practice educators have been developed for the HSE and are available on www.HSELand.ie . Once logged into HSEland, click on the ‘Health & Social Care’ Hub, and then onto the ‘Working with Students’ tab. Choose ‘Practice Educator’, where online training modules are available

A framework for Educating the Educators is also available from the Therapy Project Office.

Practice Educators and/or Practice Education Sites are encouraged to utilise a Site Audit Tool (PDF 113 kB) when preparing for Student Placements. Identified gaps can be bridged with the support of the Practice Education Team and the Discipline of Physiotherapy.

Practice Educators who have any queries regarding facilitation of student placements and student learning should contact their on-site Practice Tutor, RPF or PEC as appropriate.

Practice Education Research & Development Initiatives undertaken by the Practice Tutors include

Peer Learning Research

International Placement

practice Educators Audit

Standardisation of feedback form for all clinical sites

Patient satisfaction with student care

Students Perception of Practice Educators

Planning Introduction week for P1

Student lead fracture clinic

Practice education website/E-learning platform

Study day organisation

Emerge and update practice education Handbook

Further Practice Education training opportunities for Practice Tutors include CAPSL courses London Deanery modules and the ISCP Conference.


Last updated 20 September 2017 School Web Administrator (Email).