Anglia Ruskin's Mobile Assessment Project Commended by the NMC

A project to assess second-year nursing students on placement across Cambridgeshire, using tablets running the Myprogress app, has been commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an example of innovative practice.

A cohort of second-year nursing students at Anglia Ruskin University began their placements across Cambridgeshire this February, recording their progress using tablets running the Myprogress app.

The app allows real-time monitoring of students' performance, rather than relying on reviewing written assessment documents after the student has returned from their placement—so there is a greater opportunity for students to use feedback to improve their practice earlier, and for institutions to identify those who may be struggling before it becomes a problem.

Nursing students are required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to spend 50% of their three year course on clinical practice, the equivalent of 2,300 hours. The NMC has commended the Anglia Ruskin University project as an example of innovative practice, to be shared nationally via its website.

Sian Shaw, Senior Lecturer within Anglia Ruskin’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, said:

“This project will enhance the ability of lecturers to support and monitor student progress while on placement which in turn will improve the quality of practice learning.

“It is vital that our students on placement can get timely and accurate feedback, because this is of course beneficial to the patients and to the taxpayer – according to Health Education East of England, it costs £78,000 to train a student nurse for three years.”

Staff and users from Anglia Ruskin University will present their experiences of moving from paper based practice assessment to electronic practice assessments at a free day conference this July. They will be joined by nursing and midwifery schools from across the UK to share best practice and discuss the challenges of electronic assessment, in a follow up to our popular event in York last summer. Please get in touch if you would like further details; we'll be publishing a full agenda in the next few weeks.

A news article about the Anglia Ruskin University project is available on their website.