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Student Comments on Practice Teacher’s Report:




I verify that I have read this report


Student Signature:



Practice Teacher Signature:



Date:

Section Seven

Matrix Summary Sheet


PRACTICE FOCI

EVIDENCE

DATE VERIFIED

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Signature of Practice Teacher







PRACTICE FOCI

EVIDENCE

DATE VERIFIED

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Signature of Practice Teacher





Student Social Work Training Passport
Name of Student:_______________________ Student No:______


Date of Training


Name of Training Event, Trainer and Organisation Delivering the Training


Duration of Training

(Days or Hours)

Summary of Learning Outcomes


Signed & Dated

(Practice Teacher)


























































Appendix 11:
LEVEL 3 ENDORSEMENT OF ASSESSMENT
In line with criterion 2.6.5 of The Standards for Practice Learning for the Degree in Social Work (NISCC: Revised 2009)
I Address:


certify that:


Social Work Student, Level 3

Social Work Degree Programme

Dates of Practice Learning Period

Practice Learning Site



has demonstrated the appropriate level of practice competence and confidence and is ready to undertake the Assessed Year in Employment.


My endorsement is based on

(a) Professional supervision

(b) Agency records/reports

(c) Participation in the student’s training team meetings

(d) Feedback from colleagues and service users
Signed

Date



Appendix 12: Important dates
Practice Learning Opportunities Calendar 2015/16

UU/QUB UGR 2

Student Level and Programme

PLO Commencement and End dates

Submission dates for students

Hand-in dates for Practice Teacher Report and Summary Matrix


UGR Level 2

(1st PLO)
85 days


19th August – 16th December’15


QUB,UU/FE: Recall days
24th & 25th Sept. 2015

5th & 6th Nov. 2015



Folder of evidence to Practice Teacher

9th December ‘15




Reflective Practice Assignment (RPA)
QUB - 16th December ‘15
UU/FE - 4th January ‘16

Copies of Reflective Practice and Case Study assignments to be submitted to Practice Teacher by 4th January’16

Case Study
UU/FE - 16th December ‘15
QUB – 4th January ‘16


-Practice Teacher Report
-Completed matrix
4th January ‘16

Note

Bank Holiday 31st August ’15








Practice Learning Opportunities Calendar 2015/16

UU/QUB: Part - Time Route First PLO

Student Level and Programme

PLO Commencement and End dates

Submission dates for students

Hand-in dates for Practice Teacher Report and Summary Matrix

Part–time route PLO
UGR Level 2
85 days

19th August ’15 – 8th April ‘16


UU/FE: Recall days

2ndOctober 2015

6th November 2015

15th January 2016

26th February 20112
QUB: Recall Days

12th, 13th November 2015

4th, 5th February 2016


Folder of evidence to Practice Teacher
1st April ‘16


Reflective Practice Assignment (RPA)
QUB – 8thApril ‘16
UUM – 21st April’16


Copies of Reflective Practice and Evidence Based Project assignments to be submitted to Practice Teacher by
21stApril’16

Case Study
UUM – 8th April’16
QUB – 21st April’16

Practice Teacher Report

-Completed matrix

21st April’16

Note

Bank holidays: 31st August;

25th & 28th December; 1st January; 17th March; 28th and 29thMarch










Practice Learning Opportunities Calendar 2015/16

UU and QUB RGR 2

Student Level and Programme

PLO Commencement and End dates

Submission dates for students

Hand-in dates for Practice Teacher Report and Summary Matrix



RGR Level 2

(1st PLO)
85 days

6th January - 9th May 2016


UU/FE: Recall days

8th & 9th February’16

11th &12th April’16

QUB: Recall Days

11th & 12th Feb’16

14th & 15th April’16



Folder of evidence to Practice Teacher

3rd May ‘16






Reflective Practice Assignment (RPA)
QUB - 9th May ‘16
UU – 20th May ‘16



Copies of Reflective Practice and Case Study assignments to be submitted to Practice

Teacher by 20th May’16

Case Study
QUB – 20th May’16
UU – 9th May ‘16



Practice Teacher Report

and completed matrix

submitted
20th May’16

Note

Bank holidays:17th March; 28th ,29th March;2nd May








Practice Learning Opportunities Calendar 2015/16
UU and QUB RGR 3/UGR 3

Student Level

PLO Commencement and Ending dates

Submission dates for students

Hand-in dates for Practice Teacher Report and Summary Matrix


UGR and RGR Level 3

(Final PLO)
100 days


6th January – 31st May 2016

QUB: Recall Days
19th February ‘16


21st & 22nd April ‘16

UU: Recall Days

19th February ‘16

11th March ‘16

29th April ‘16


Practice component of PLO finishes

17th May ‘16




Folder of evidence to Practice Teacher

10th May’16




Reflective Practice Assignment (RPA)
QUB – 17th May 2016
UU – 31stMay’16


Copies of Reflective Practice and Evidence Based Project assignments to be submitted to Practice Teacher by

31stMay’16

Evidence Based Project
UU- 17th May ‘16
QUB – 31st May ‘16

Practice Teacher Report

and completed matrix

submitted

31st May’16

Note

Bank holidays: 17th March; 28th ,29th March; 2nd May; 30th May








Practice Learning Opportunities Calendar 2015/16
PART TIME ROUTE UU/QUB UGR FINAL PLO

Student Level

PLO Commencement and Ending dates

Submission dates for students

Hand-in dates for Practice Teacher Report and Summary Matrix

UGR Part time Route Final PLO
100 days


19th August’15 – 18th May ‘16

Recall days:

QUB

19th, 20th November ‘15

25th, 26th February’16
UU

12th, 13th November ‘15

18th, 19th February’ 16


Practice component of PLO finishes
22nd April ‘16




Folder of evidence to Practice Teacher

8th April ‘16




Reflective Practice Assignment
QUB 22nd April’16
UUM 18th May ‘16

Copies of Reflective Practice and Evidence Based Project assignments to be submitted to Practice

Teacher by 18th May ‘16

Evidence Based Project
UUM 22ndApril’16
QUB 18th May’16

Practice Teacher Report

Completed matrix
18th May ’16


Note

Bank holidays: 31st August; 25th, 28th December; 1stJanuary; 17th March; 28th, 29th March; 2nd May







  • Note that this calendar is based on students completing 2.5 days per week. On the week of recall days readjustment of PLO working hours may be necessary.


Appendix 13
NORTHERN IRELAND DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK PARTNERSHIP

PROTOCOL

for

DEALING WITH FACTORS AFFECTING PROGRESSION OF PRACTICE LEARNING

Revised June 2013

Authors: Members of the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership
Produced by:

Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership

Graham House, Knockbracken Health Care Park

Saintfield Road

Belfast

BT8 8BH


Tel No. 028 9056 6735

Contents Page
Glossary of terms 4

Introduction - Context of Practice Learning 5

Professional Requirements related to Practice Learning 7
Factors Impacting on progression of Practice Learning 8
Part One - Student and Practice Learning factors 11
Key Points 22
Part Two - Discontinuation of Practice Learning Opportunity 23

on the basis of Professional Practice and Conduct Factors


Further Practice Learning Opportunities 31
Student Withdrawal from PLO 32
Retrospective Practice Issues 33

GLOSSARY
PLO Practice Learning Opportunity

NISCC Northern Ireland Social Care Council

DPLP Designated Practice Learning Provider

F/HEI Further & Higher Education Institution

NI Northern Ireland

Student’s Training Team = student, practice teacher, tutor and where applicable on site facilitator/supervisor

Introduction
Context of Practice Learning
The Degree in Social Work was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2004 following approval of the University of Ulster (UU) and Queens University (QUB) courses by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).
The NISCC Rules for the Approval of the Degree in Social Work (2003) set out the requirements which Universities must meet in order to gain approval to deliver the degree in social work. The rules include a requirement that all programmes have in place procedures for termination of training. This is in order to protect the interests of service users and carers as well as students’ interests, and to ensure that students deemed unsuitable to practice as social workers are prevented from being awarded a degree in social work. Similarly the interests of those providing work based practice learning experience should also be safeguarded.
Becoming a professional social worker requires more than the acquisition of knowledge and skills. In Northern Ireland students completing a professional course in social work must complete two periods of work based practice learning. Each student is assigned a practice teacher who assesses his/her practice in terms of competent and confident practice.
Level two undergraduate programme students complete 85 practice learning days between August and December. Level 2 relevant graduate route students complete 85 days between January and May. Both undergraduate and relevant graduate level three students complete 100 practice learning days between January and June. The periods of practice learning for part –time students will normally be from August to April for level two and August to late May for level 3 students.
Practice learning opportunities (PLO) are provided by a range of statutory, voluntary and independent agencies that are designated as practice learning providers (DPLP) by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). These opportunities are across a wide range of service user groups, e.g. older people, children and families, and a variety of work settings e.g. residential, day-care, hospital and community. They are also geographically located across Northern Ireland.
Practice Learning Opportunities are allocated through the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership (NIDSWP).The NIDSWP was established under the Rules for the Approval of the Degree in Social Work (2003). It is an unincorporated association of education institutions and employing agencies – statutory and voluntary which builds on the long established collaborative working partnerships within qualifying social work education and training in Northern Ireland. The current Partnership membership includes the five Health and Social Care Trusts, QUB, UU/FHE, the Voluntary sector, the Probation Board for NI(PBNI),Youth Justice Agency for NI (YJANI) and Education Welfare.
Context of Protocol

This protocol is the outcome of an evolving process which initially began with the introduction of the degree in social work. It has been developed in agreement with all of the partnership member organisations. The protocol governs the management of individual practice learning opportunities where difficulties arise and may result in withdrawal from or termination of the PLO.


In addition the Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs) separate fitness for practice procedures may result in a student being withdrawn from the degree in social work course.
The NISCC at any stage may review a student’s registration as a social work student/social care worker and apply sanctions to the individual’s registration.

This protocol is separate from the procedures in place within NISCC and the HEIs but there is a clear requirement for these separate processes to be considered for each individual situation.


The overarching aim of this protocol is to promote consistency in approach across the region, for the myriad of people involved in the delivery of practice learning opportunities.
The purpose of the protocol is also:

  • To protect and safeguard the rights and welfare of service

users

PLO

  • To promote equity , transparency and clear lines of

communication


  • To promote standardisation and consistency in approach

  • To provide support and direction to practice teachers,

tutors and others involved in the provision of practice

learning



  • To assist in clarifying the most appropriate procedures to

be used in dealing with practice learning issues. These

could include HEI fitness to practice procedures and/or

NISCC conduct procedures
Professional Requirements related to Practice Learning

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) Practice Learning Requirements for the Degree in Social Work (Revised 2010) state that

Practice Learning must promote student learning while safeguarding the rights of service users’.
Course Providers (F/HEIs and Employer Partners) have a duty to ensure that no member of the public is adversely affected as a consequence of participating in the education of social work students.
In the interest of public safety and as representatives of the social work profession students are required at all times to adhere to the NISCC Code of Practice for Social Care Workers (2002).
Students are also expected to adhere to the protocols and guidance, issued by the F/HEIs and NIDSWP, which pertain to attendance, conduct and behaviour while completing a PLO. These will be monitored closely throughout the programme.
Factors impacting on progression of Practice Learning

There exists a range of factors that may impinge on the progress of a student’s practice learning. Some of these may impede the student’s professional development whilst others may affect the student’s continued involvement in the degree in social work course.


This protocol aims to provide direction as to the process to be followed when dealing with one or more factors impacting on the progression of practice learning. The protocol does not aim to cover every eventuality however its underpinning principles should be followed in every situation where there are issues.
These include situations where:


  • There are significant factors beyond the student’s control, e.g. serious illness, a significant change in personal circumstances




  • Learning opportunities do not evolve as originally planned despite every effort being made by the provider agency



  • Issues of conflict affect the ability of individuals within the student’s training team to work effectively together



  • A student’s behaviour/practice/conduct is deemed to be damaging or dangerous to service users and /or carers or gives serious cause for concern.

In all such situations the following key principles should underpin the decision–making process:


  • Issues/concerns should be identified at the earliest possible

stage

  • Open and honest discussion

  • Establishment of clear lines of communication

  • Transparency

  • Involvement of all members of the student’s training team and where appropriate other academic and/or PLO provider staff




  • Adherence to good practice guidelines in relation to information sharing and confidentiality




  • Support for each member of the training team including the student




  • Designated Practice Learning Providers reserve the right to discontinue a PLO where due process has been followed

The protocol is divided into two parts:


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