Anne Devlin, Jan Mitcheson
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 1, Iss. 10, 15 Oct 2013, pp 574 - 581

The Health Visitor Implementation Plan (Department of Health, 2011) has created unprecedented demand for practice-based learning placements for student health visitors. This evaluation study set out to investigate and evaluate three models of practice-based teaching and learning across the East of England. The evaluation comprised two phases and gathered quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources. The findings revealed that, irrespective of the practice teaching model, practice teachers conform to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008b) Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice, and the vast majority of students felt able and/or confident to undertake their role. Any disparities are not related to the practice education model in operation. A number of key factors-relational attributes, structure and organisation and effective communication-emerged as important for learning.

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