The College of Radiographers has developed the Practice Educator Accreditation Scheme (PEAS) which gives details on how the role of the Practice Educator, and others involved in facilitating practice based learning in clinical imaging and oncology, can be recognised and developed through an accreditation system.
The Health and Care Professions (H&CP) Education Leads Group, of which the Society and College of Radiographers is a member, 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 education 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.
Applications for accreditation as a Practice Educator can be made through CPD Now.
Accreditation lasts for five years. It is open to all Society and College of Radiographers’ members who meet the requirements of the scheme.
Successful completion of the scheme enables 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, downloadable from CPD Now.