Evaluation

Evaluation of practice by the students is an integral part of maintaining and enhancing the quality of the students’ learning experience in your placement area. The results from these are analysed and reported back to placement areas to enable the findings to be acted on accordingly.

There are also a number of other sources of feedback that will provide further insight into the quality of the practice experience. Examples of these include

  • Reviews and audits
  • Patient feedback
  • Team feedback

The findings from these can also inform any actions that are required to address and enhance quality.

Feedback

Students also require detailed constructive feedback from you and your colleagues on their performance in practice as this helps them to develop into fully fledged health care professionals.

Closing the loop

Closing the loop is about evaluating the learning that has taken place in practice, analysing this and devising ways to improve future learning opportunities.

This can be done through:

1. Student evaluations
These can be formal or informal. The more formal evaluations are completed by the student when they return to university.  The advantages of this type of evaluation are that the information is likely to be truthful as the student can comment anonymously.   Informal evaluations can take place between the mentor and the student at the end of the placement, this could be in the form of simple questions such as:

  • What was good about the placement?
  • What was bad about the placement?
  • What has the student learned?
  • What could have been improved?

These evaluations could then be discussed by the team

Good points to raise in discussions:

  • Issues to be improved
  • Issues for further exploration
  • Development of action plans
  • Putting the plans into action

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