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If you are directly responsible for supporting health and care professional learners from Plymouth University in practice you are invited to register your interest for our forthcoming course:

Managing learners in practice: inter-professional training for placement supervisors

This foundation course has been developed in partnership between Social Work and Clinical Psychology at Plymouth University; and is available to all who supervise health and care professional learners in practice for Plymouth University. It is designed to prepare supervisors of social work or clinical psychology learners (and very relevant for other disciplines too) and is approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre.


You can expect to consolidate and develop existing skills and knowledge, and develop critical and reflective skills in promoting adult learning in practice to support practice learning for safe, effective and compassionate practice. The course keeps service users and carers interests at the heart of the learning experience.
You will learn how to provide practice based learning that is:

  • restorative: developing effective and supportive relationships with learners

  • formative: enabling educative and evaluative aspects of supervision

  • normative: understanding and critiquing service and professional contexts and policies for learning

  • transformative: promoting social justice and inclusivity

You must be directly responsible for supporting a learner from Plymouth University in a practice setting in order to be allocated a place on the course. This course meets Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements for preparing supervisors in providing practice placements.

After completing the 4 study days you will receive a certificate of attendance.


Day 1: Enabling adult learning in practice

By the end of day 1 you will be able to:

  • recognise your own values and identities in enabling inclusive learning

  • identify your own and others’ strengths and learning needs

  • draw on key theories of adult learning

Day 2: Establishing effective supervisory relationships

By the end of day 2 you will be able to:

  • plan an effective induction into a placement setting

  • negotiate a learning contract or agreement with the learner

  • draw on key models of supervision

Day 3: Supervision and management

By the end of day 3 you will be able to:

  • take into account the human, policy and interdisciplinary context of practice learning

  • draw on strategies to support learners with additional needs

  • draw on models, principles and techniques of action learning

Day 4: Giving feedback and assessing learning

By the end of day 4 you will be able to:

  • work constructively with learners who are at risk of failing

  • develop professional capability and competence through feedback and assessment

  • draw on models and methods of ensuring continuing professional development


The course will be delivered at Kingsley Village, Penhale, Fraddon, Cornwall TR9 6NA on the following dates:

Day 1: 18 October 2016 - Kingsley Suite
Day 2: 19 October 2016 - Kingsley Suite
Day 3: 22 November 2016 - Kingsley Suite
Day 4: 23 November 2016 - Kingsley Suite

You will be booking to attend all four dates of the course. If you only need to attend one or two days, please contact for further assistance.


The course is also delivered in Plymouth, and you may attend or ‘catch up’ missed days at either location.

The course will be delivered at Plymouth University on the following dates:

Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Day 1: 18 October 2016 - Room to be confirmed
Day 2: 19 October 2016 - Room to be confirmed
Day 3: 15 November 2016 - Room to be confirmed
Day 4: 16 November 2016 - Room to be confirmed

This course is often oversubscribed so if you are unable to attend it is essential that you notify us so that the place can be offered to someone else.

Please note that at this stage you are registering your interest to attend the course. We will be in touch with all those registered once practice placements have been confirmed for the academic year 2016/17 as places will be allocated to those who are responsible for supporting a learner from Plymouth University in the first instance. This should be by the end of September 2016.

Please contact with any queries.


I completed days 1 and 2 of the training last year. How do I register my interest for completing days 3 and 4 this year?

If you have already completed some of the training previously please book onto the whole course and email to let us know which days you would like to attend. 

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