Practice Education

Practice Education is a process of work-based learning that involves a partnership between the practice placement educator and the student in the hospital setting. All students are required to successfully complete 24 weeks (8 per discipline) of practice education in Stage 3 and 14 weeks in stage 4 under the supervision of a qualified clinical measurement physiologist. This is undertaken at the students’ own expense and may mean additional cost is incurred throughout the course.

Practice education allows students to observe and practice in a variety of settings and to experience the future work environment. During practice education the student develops, demonstrates and achieves professional competence and links theory to practice supporting the academic curriculum.

The experience provided in the placement should reflect the students’ level of training and competence.

Practice education facilitates the development and application of the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills needed for the execution of appropriate professional behaviours. It also gives the opportunity to practice under supervision, and be assessed on professional standards and behaviour, ethical practice and inter professional partnership.


The main aims of practice education are: 

  • to integrate theory, practice, ethics and values within clinical measurement science
  • to apply knowledge, professional reasoning and professional behaviour within practice;
  • to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge of practice within clinical measurement;
  • to promote professional competence;
  • to work as an effective team member;
  • to promote professional confidence;
  • to provide opportunities for students to integrate theoretical and practical learning;
  • to facilitate consolidation of student’s previous learning.
  • to support student development of respect, empathy and dignity towards self and service user.


The academic and practice education curricula combine to from a complete educational programme which is designed to ensure that students develop and attain the abilities required of a clinical measurement science student, to be eligible to qualify as a basic-grade clinical measurement physiologist.

Practice Education Resources

The practice education element of the degree process could not take place without the support of our colleagues in the hospital setting.  The following resources are available to support practice educators who take students on clinical placement.

Practice Education Handbook 2016

Case Study Assessment

Case Study Presentation Assessment

Code of Practice for Students

Induction Checklist

Log Book Assessment

Professional Conduct Form

Return to Placement Discussion Form

Risk of Failure Form

Supervision Contract

Supervison Record


Practice Education CPD Event

An annual CPD Event is held on the second Friday of January each year which includes generic and discipline specific training for practice educators.

Contact Details

For further information on the practice education element of the degree programme please contact:

Maria McNeill

Practice Education Coordinator

School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Science

T: 01 4024877