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AHP Practice-based Learning Agreement

AHP Practice Placement Agreements


All information in relation to the agreements can be accessed here

Since 2010, there have been AHP Practice-based Learning Partnership Agreements in place between each Scottish higher education institution (HEI)  that runs pre-registration programmes and each NHS Board. Previously known as Practice Placement Agreements (PPA).

The agreement is in three sections:

1.Stakeholder partnership statement;
2.Generic agreement for all organisations & professions;
3.Schedule appended to the agreement with specific additions for a profession & Practice-based Learning Weeks to be provided annually.

NHS GGC currently has AHP PPA’s with
 Glasgow Caledonian University
 Queen Margaret university
 Robert Gordon university
 University of Strathclyde
AHP  students who are studying at other HEI’s often have placements within NHS GGC however as there are PPA’s with these institutions governance arrangements regarding issues such as PVG, immunisations etc must be discussed with the HEI and student prior to the student coming on placement.

AHP Practice-based learning Agreement

The AHP PPA’s are currently being refreshed (now to be called AHP Practice-based Learning Agreement ). The Tier 2 is now finalised.


What is new in the AHP Practice-based learning Agreement?


The revised agreement provides greater clarity and consistency in approach to governance arrangements for professions, universities and Practice Education Providers. It consolidates current custom and practice that has evolved in relation to student Practice-based Learning since 2009.


The approach to refreshing the agreement has been to include agreed content written during the original signing, and subsequent developments that underpin the provision of AHP student Practice-based Learning e.g. HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students (2017), AHP placement cancellation guidance, provision of practice educator training etc. The refreshed content has an operational focus to address and balance the requirements of different stakeholders.


This has been achieved through a working group, workshops and requests for feedback on drafts of the agreement. The updated content also reflects requirements to both build capacity and enable different models of Practice-based Learning. The agreement remains non-legally binding and consists of standard clauses.  A previous barrier to implementing the agreements was the legal content; therefore the terminology and legal content has been simplified and reduced.


What has not changed?


The agreements clarify contemporary governance arrangements for Student Practice-based learning. The approach to refreshing the agreements has not included a review of the ongoing commitment to student ‘PrBL Weeks’ (placement weeks) per profession. This work is being progressed separately and will involve Scottish Government, AHP Directors, Practice Education Providers, professional bodies.


What next?


On behalf of the AHP Director/ Lead in each NHS Board the AHP Practice Education Lead (PEL) will progress the agreements being signed. Within most NHS Boards there will be 5 agreements  (GCU, RGU, QMU, Strathclyde and Napier universities).