Be involved in practice learning as a support worker

Support Workers and Student Practice learning 

We fully recognise the value of support workers being included in students’ learning; being able to share their experiences, skills and knowledge with students and providing important feedback on a student’s performance. We are developing training for support workers to help increase their confidence and support their development in this educational role but would also encourage you to look at the resources that are already available:

The CSP have a really useful webpage link here and provided a webinar that shared examples and clarified the HCPC position on support worker involvement in practice learning: watch here


We also ran a workshop for support staff and the slides can be accessed here: Support Workers and Practice Learning

Health Education England e-learning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has also worked with Health Education England’s AHP team and the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust to add new sessions to the existing Supporting AHP Students elearning programme.

The resource provides non-registered AHP assistants and support staff with training to develop their understanding of student education and to develop their skills in supporting students and educators within their teams.

The new sessions comprise the following topics:

·        The Student Journey Part 1: University and Placements

·        The Student Journey Part 2: Becoming a Registered Practitioner

·        Practical Skills for Supporting Students

They complement the 2 existing sessions on health and wellbeing which focus on resilience and reasons why students may struggle on placements.  For more info please visit: Supporting AHP Students programme page