It is essential that students are supported by qualified individuals whilst on placement. This is particularly important for placements in the Healthcare and Education industry where students have access to potentially vulnerable people and therefore require additional guidance to reduce risk.
PEMS contains a Mentor Register feature which captures all relevant qualifications and reviews undertaken in order to assign mentor currency; a calculation that decides whether the mentor is fit to receive a student or not. Where regulators require mentors and supervisors to be qualified in order to receive students, and for these qualifications to be monitored and reported on, mentors can login to their PEMS portal and update their records themselves. Furthermore, email alerts remind them to login and update the register before qualifications lapse.
In Allocated placements, mentors may also be linked to specific students during the allocation process. Mentors may then view their assigned students and report on them via their PEMS portal.
For Healthcare placements, such as those required in nursing, midwifery and paramedic programs, PEMS supports the NMC’s new SSSA standards. This ensures that only appropriate Placement Assessors and Supervisors are linked to students for placement. PEMS allows these Assessors and Supervisors to record newly required qualifications using their portal. PEMS also alerts HEI Administrators where the same Placement Assessor or Supervisor has previously been assigned to a student. This is a prime example of Oxinet’s approach to collaborative development. As a result of working closely with our the PEMS user group, we were able to produce and implement PEMS features to support this regulatory change.