Educators are registered healthcare practitioners who support and mentor healthcare students whilst they are on placement. Educators ensure the students operate in a safe environment and oversee their learning whilst on placement to enable them to become the competent future healthcare workforce we require.
Professional bodies such as the NMC require organisations who receive healthcare students on placement to maintain a register of their educators. The register identifies how many educators are in an organisation and that they meet the relevant educator requirements, for example have they undertaken an Educator Update in the last year?
HEE (North) have been chairing a working group with a number of NHS Trusts exploring the feasibility of creating a standardised Educator Register using the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system.
There are a number of benefits for organisations to use a standardised Educator Register, these include:
- For NHS organisations, the register will ensure the capabilities and compliance of their Educators and Mentors who are receiving healthcare students on placement, which will help provide quality assurance for their learning environment.
- For education providers such as Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), the register will help maximise the capacity with a placement provider, allowing more healthcare students to access the placements they need.
- For HEE, collectively the Educator Registers of individual organisations will provide an overview of the whole placement circuit and help inform strategic decisions and system wide planning.
The competency function within ESR has been identified to be the most suitable approach and has been successfully piloted in the NW and it now being rolled out across Yorkshire & Humber with the North East project plan for later this year.
View the ESR Educator Register Implementation Toolkit