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Nursing and Midwifery

Quality Management of the Practice Learning Environment (QMPLE)

What is it?

QMPLE is an online database that has been developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with colleagues from both practice and universities.  It mangages information relating to the quality of the practice learning experience through student feedback, educational audits, quality standards for practice placement audits (QSPP) and mentorship data.

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It will allow stakesholders responsible for the quality of nursing and midwifery practice learning to access and share data and reports used for evaluating and monitoring the quality of the practice learning experience (PLE) of student nurses and midwives in Scotland. 

Why is QMPLE important?

QMPLE was developed as part of Scottish Government's 2014 Setting the Direction for Nursing and Midwifery Education in Scotland Aim 4 to enhance the quality of the practice learning environment for staff and students.  This ensures a national approach underpinned by a learning culture that promotes and enhances evidence based patient care which complements and enhances the National Excellence in Care framework (Scottish Government, 2015).

It is recognised that a crucial aspect of ensuring the quality of practice learning is evaluation and feedback from the students themselves. Consequently, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recommends that regular monitoring and feedback from students is used to inform both academic programmes and practice learning experiences (NMC, 2013).  Student feedback also provides valuable evidence to mentors that can be used for revalidation (NMC, 2015).

Update August 2016

The resource is in the final stage of development and the project team are raising awareness through stakeholder engagement across Scotland. 

Further updates will be provided on this page as the project progresses so please check back regularly.

Where can you get more information?

Further information on this project is available by emailing qmple@nes.scot.nhs.uk