Practice educators accreditation scheme gets revamp

Published: 24 September 2018 Ezine

The College of Radiographers (CoR) have refreshed their Practice Educators Accreditation Scheme (PEAS), which will go live on 1 October 2018 with applications being made through CPD Now. 

The Health and Care Professions (H&CP) Education Leads Group in collaboration with the National Association of Educators in Practice (NAEP) and the Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) have developed 10 standards and 12 learning outcomes for the Practice Educator to demonstrate for accreditation. They give the following definition of a practice educator: ‘A practice educator is usually a registered professional who supports learners in the workplace.  They facilitate practice educator alongside clinical and academic colleagues. In addition, the practice educator is likely to hold responsibility for signing off competency and assessment criteria, based upon the standards produced by the education provider and relevant professional body; although it is recognised that local models of delivery and assessment will apply.’

There are two routes to accreditation – approved programme route or experiential route. The experiential route requires six pieces of CPD evidence to meet the PEAS learning outcomes: teaching, learning, assessment, support, quality and professionalism. Further guidance is available on the SCoR website.

Accreditation lasts for five years with applicants for re-accreditation submitting 12 pieces of CPD Evidence to meet the PEAS learning outcomes.

Applications will be verified by two attestors chosen by the applicant. One must have a teaching qualification or have PEAS Accreditation, and the other be a learner.  The final application is then assessed by a CoR assessor, overseen by the Approval and Accreditation Board.

Successful completion of the scheme allows the Practice Educator to receive recognition of their professional status as an accredited Practice Educator. The College of Radiographers will enter the individual’s details on the national database and the Practice Educator will receive a certificate in acknowledgement of their achievement.

Please email Jacquie Vallis, Professional Officer for Education and Accreditation, for further information.