The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a change of AHP service delivery within NHS Scotland. Consequently in March 2020 most AHP placements throughout Scotland were paused. To ensure a continued AHP workforce which can provide safe, efficient care the AHPs within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHS GGC) are recovering the AHP practice –based learning (practice placements). The higher education institutions, practice placement co-ordinators and practice educators have been thinking innovatively and planning placement provision in the current environment in collaboration with NES and the Scottish Government.
AHP Placements have commenced in some professions within NHS GGC and all AHP professions have been progressing the recovery of practice placements within their areas. The numbers of practice placements that can be provided is greatly reduced as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect NHS Scotland and the changing landscape of potential restrictions also impacts on placement provision.
The AHP Practice co-ordinators and educators continue to work extremely hard and innovatively to provide practice placements within NHS GGC, overcoming or working round the challenges of covid -19 and subsequent restrictions. Many placements are organised for semester 1 and planning continues for semester 2.
The AHP Practice Placement Quality Group members are working hard to support the recovery of practice placements. Both the members of the group for your profession and the AHP practice education team are keen to support practice placements so please get in touch!
Details of the group members and practice education team are here
Students wellbeing is of utmost importance. At this time, each Scottish higher education instiution (HEI) is providing a range of wellbeing support to students. Students can self refer themselves.
Links to HEI-specific support sites are provided in the document accessed here at : http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/media/CLT/PcResources/4101489/eb34d5c1-919b-4168-93bf-4ff105c59b18.docx
Practice educators can signpost students to these and this document is also available on the COVID-19 Community of practice.
COVID-19 placement recovery page
To support the recovery of practice placements many resources have been developed and can be accessed on the Community of Practice COVID-19 placement recovery page - Link : http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/ahppe/covid-19-placement-recovery.aspx
The RAPOG (Rapid action placement oversight group) was established in Scotland in August 2020 to have oversight of the impact of the disruption to Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) student practice learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RAPOG webpage provides up to date national information on NMAHP student placements and can be accessed by clicking here
The Recovery of Practice based Learning, Stakeholder Engagement Sub Group have developed an electronic questionnaire on Quest Back. This questionnaire was designed to gather stories from Practice Educators who have been and/or are continuing to supervise AHP students during COVID-19. It is hoped that with Practice Educator engagement, this will facilitate the ongoing sharing of Practice Educator stories of their experiences whether positive or challenging and will support good practice throughout the AHP professions and across Scotland.
If you have supported an AHP placement since August 2020 please share your story so that others can learn from your experience.
Link to share your story on quest back :
If you have any comments or for further information on these webpages
Please contact Elspeth Lee
AHP Practice Education Lead