Title: Practice Based Learning in Nursing, Health and Social Care: Mentorship, Facilitation and Supervision
Authors: Ian Scott and Jenny Spouse
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Reviewer: Phil Jevon, medical education, Manor Hospital, Walsall
What was it like?
This new book, part of the publisher’s Advanced Healthcare Practice series, provides an overview of work based learning including mentorship, facilitation and supervision. It is aimed at both health and social care practitioners who are involved in facilitating learning, teaching and assessing students and learners in clinical practice.
What were the highlights?
Topics covered in the book include how to become an effective facilitator/mentor, how to support work-based learning and how to manage students who are struggling or who have special needs. The principles of how to provide effective feedback and professional development issues are also covered in detail. Helpful case studies addressing common issues encountered with supervising students and learners are provided throughout the book. These help to bridge the theory practice gap and challenge the reader’s knowledge and understanding of mentorship, facilitation and supervision.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The two authors appear to be both credible. One is an experienced nurse while the other is a senior academic.
Who should read it?
The reviewer recommends this accessible and user-friendly style book to all nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals who are responsible for students and learners in their clinical environment.