It is a requirement of the HCPC Standards for education and training that ‘practice–based learning must take place in an environment that is safe and supportive for learners and service users’.
There must also be an adequate number of appropriately qualified and experienced staff involved in practice-based learning. This includes ‘practice educators’ who the HCPC define as a person who is responsible for a learner’s education during their practice-based learning. They must ‘have relevant knowledge, skills and experience to support safe and effective learning and, unless other arrangements are appropriate, must be on the relevant part of the Register’.
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