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Booking Now Open for NOPT 2019

Please book using this link – details of venue, directions etc also available via the same link.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Hold The Date! NOPT 2019 Conference Info Now Available

Initial information is as follows:

National Organisation for Practice Teaching England Conference

Tuesday 25th June 2019 10am-4pm

University of Portsmouth

BASW’s update of changes following PEPs refresh

Workshops including : Preparing students for the digital age, Practice Education in the context of agency Practice Modules, Working with students with additional needs, Working with students undertaking distance learning

Day Delegate Fee £85 (including lunch & refreshments)

To book look out for email in your In-box week beginning 22nd April 2019 with booking link

PEPS Refresh Consultation Now Live

BASW have today (8th March) launched the national consultation for the PEPs (Practice Education Professional Standards) refresh. NOPT has been part of the national steering committee on this project and we are really keen to see what everybody thinks about it.

The consultation is open until April 8th, so don’t leave it too late! And watch this space for some exciting news about the launch of the new PEPs later this year.

More Great Offers from Neil Thompson

Well-known social work author, Neil Thompson, is a strong supporter of practice education. His first ever book was about practice learning and that has now evolved into The Learning from Practice Manual. As he did with The Social Worker’s Practice Manual, he has kindly made it available to NOPT members at a generous 25% discount. Please see the attached flyer for details of the book and how to order. There is also a short (less than two minutes) video at: Neil is also still offering a 25% discount to our members for The Social Worker’s Practice Manual and his online learning courses and tutorial group. If you have any queries about any of this, Neil is happy for you to contact him at:


Neil Thompson, well known social work academic and great supporter of Practice Education has contacted us to offer all NOPT members 25% discount on his latest book ‘The Social Worker’s Practice Manual’. Details of how to obtain the discount are in this link Neil Thompson Special Offer 

We are grateful to Neil for his kind offer and hope many of our members will take up this opportunity. More about the book can be found on Neil’s website.

In addition, Neil is offering NOPT members 25% discount on some of the courses he offers (details in the same link above), including the following:

▲ Time and Workload Management ▲ Dealing with Stress ▲ Managing Stress (a follow-up course specifically for managers) ▲ Emotional Competence: Developing
Emotional Intelligence and Resilience ▲ Handling Aggression ▲ Risk Assessmentand Management ▲ Outcome-focused Practice ▲ Safeguarding Children from
Abuse ▲ Getting Started with Reflective Practice ▲ Developing a Reflective Practice Culture ▲ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion ▲ Managing Equality, Diversity and
Inclusion (a more advanced follow-up) ▲ The Equality Act 2010 ▲ How to Be Happy ▲ How to Be Liked ▲ Facing Death … Enriching Life ▲ Learning to Learn

All in all a great offer for our members!


12th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education

Programme now available

The next in the series of our popular and highly valued conferences is in Oxford, 10th-11th September 2018.

The overall theme for the conference is

‘Innovation in Practice Learning and Field Education’

The conference is for professionals in any area of health, social work, or social care.

Conference themes

• The use of innovative technology in practice learning

• Tools and models for practice teaching and field education

• New perspectives in adult learning

• Research on practice learning and field education

• Inter-professional practice learning

•  International approaches

Workshops and presentations

We offer over 50 workshops and presentations. More details of the conference programme available here.


Our four inspiring keynote speakers are all leaders in their fields, whether health, social work or social care. More details here.

Booking your place

Book your place here.

We look forward to seeing you in Oxford in September!

Follow us on Twitter: @pracedu18

The 12th International Conference on Practice Teaching

and Field Education in Health and Social Work

St John’s College, Oxford, UK,

September 10th – 11th 2018

Programme and presentation enquiries:


NOPT Conference

Tuesday 26th June 2018

University of Worcester

  Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Aidan Worsley, UCLAN

  • Becki Meakin, ‘Shaping Our Lives’

There will also be the opportunity to attend two workshops in the course of the day


Workshops will include:

  • Solution Focused Skills for Practice Education

  • Update on PEPS /PCF Reviews

  • Using the SHARE model in practice education

  • Supporting struggling students to “fail” better

  • Changing practice education roles in the Teaching Partnerships

  • How social work students develop professional judgement skills in placement.

  • Service user involvement in placement assessment

 Further workshops to be confirmed

Stands: Kirwin Maclean, Critical Publishing, David Whiting and a range of other stands will be available on the day.

Registration:         9.30am to 10.00am  in Main Reception, Edward Elgar Building, St Johns Campus, Worcester University

Conference Opens: 10.00am     Finishes: 4.00pm


Day Delegate Fee:     £80.00 (including lunch and refreshments).

To book for the NOPT Conference, please follow the link below:

We look forward to seeing you on 26th June 2018

The NOPT Committee

Downloadable flyer 2018 NOPT Conference Flyer



In February 2018 BASW released the first draft of the PCF refresh. Have a look at the proposals and join the consultation here


BASW (June 2017) are currently undertaking a survey on Practice Educator Professional standards (PEPS) that everyone is welcome to fill in. You can access this survey directly on the BASW website or via the following web link

The link is ​

The 2017 NOPT Conference was held at the

University of Huddersfield on 4th July 2017

See the Conference Resources page of the website for copies of

the presentations that many of the keynote speakers

and workshop presenters have kindly agreed to share.

 Keynote speakers:  

  • Siobhan McLean. Author, Independent Trainer, Consultant and Practice Educator: “Journeys in Practice Learning: A creative model for placements and beyond”
  • Mark Baldwin, SWAN: “Social Work Practice & Social Work Education: crisis, what crisis?”
  • Cheryl Wall , Skills for Care “Changes in Practice Education and Assessment”



.         Direct work with students

·         Anti-racist practice in workplace education

·         Review of the PCF

·         Review of PEPS

·         The PE toolkit

·         Developing student recording skills in electronic systems





The 2016 NOPT Conference was held on Thursday 7th July

at the University of Wolverhampton

Some workshop presenters have kindly given their permission for their Powerpoint presentations to be shared – see below. Other presentations may also subsequently be added to the NOPT website as these are received.

Keynote speakers:


There will also be the opportunity to attend 2 workshops during the course of the day

Workshops will include:

  • Partners in practice: practice educator and academic tutor perspectives on working together to support student learning on the Frontline programme. Alison Domakin, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire and Liz Curry, Consultant Social Worker, Salford  NOPT2016 FRONTLINE


  • Political activism and the social work placement – Gurnam Singh, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University NOPT GS 2016


  • Are we educating for the wrong profession? Findings from a field study on how shame and pride are being used to refashion social workers into a new type of professional – Matthew Gibson, Lecturer, University of Birmingham


  • Experiences of black students in practice placements – Salford University Practice Learning Team


  • Assessing values and ethics: the impact of personal and cultural beliefs – Hellmuth Weich, Senior Lecturer, University of Northumbria at Newcastle


  • What you see is what you get, or is it? Improving the quality and consistency of the assessment of Direct Observations of Practice. Mary Keating, Project Manager- Social Work Regulated Professional Workforce, Skills for Care Mary Keating 2016 NOPT final 




Stands: Kirwin MacLean, Critical Publishing, Sage and a range of other stands will be available on the day.

Registration: 9.30am to 10am                 Start: 10am                 Finish:  4pm                             

Day Delegate Fee:  £75.00 (including lunch and refreshments). If you wish to attend the 2016 NOPT Conference, please access further details and book your delegate place using the following link:

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NOTICE FOR ALL PRACTICE EDUCATORS – HCPC request for practice educator feedback on the Standards of Proficiency for social workers in England (SOPs)

NOPT has agreed to help circulate the HCPC request for practice educators to become involved in offering feedback from a practice educator perspective, on the current HCPC Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) for social workers in England via an online survey, that opened  for feedback on the 14th September 2015.

The HCPC will be launching a full public consultation in April 2016 about the SOPs, but at present the HCPC is engaging in an initial review stage where it is seeking to gain feedback from groups of people already familiar in working with the existing standards (specifically practice educators), with the intention of the HCPC then using this feedback to draft an updated version of the SOPS to send out for public consultation in April 2016.

This is therefore a really key opportunity for all practice educators (so please feel free to circulate this information to any PEs that you know) to be able to feedback comments directly to the HCPC as to whether the current SOPs are felt to be sufficient to assess social work students against, in terms of ensuring that social work students will be ‘safe and effective’ practitioners at qualifying level.

For those of you who would like to complete the HCPC survey, the link is provided below. It is an online survey that takes about 10 -20 minutes and consists of five questions which are broadly as follows;

  1. Are the current standards of proficiency set at a sufficient standard for safe and effective practice;
  2. Are any additional standards needed to ensure social work students can operate safely and effectively;
  3. Are there any standards that need rewording or removing;
  4. Are there any comments about the language currently used in the existing standards;
  5. Any other comments.

There is an ‘other’ comments section text box provided at the end of each question so you can also expand your views in more detail.

The last date for completing the survey is 23rd October 2015, so please circulate this email through your PE networks as soon as you can.

A copy of the link to the survey is available below.

The link to the HCPC survey:


NOPT have issued a combined response to the change in the Education Support Grant with reference to the Narey and Croisdale-Appleby reports on Social Work Education. See attached file. 2014NOPT response to ESG Narey and Croisdale-Appleby

NOPT have issued a response to the Croisdale-Appleby review of Social Work Education. See the attached file. 2014 NOPT CroisdaleAppleby response

Thank you to everyone who responded to our Consultation on the implementation of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS). The Summary Report is now available on the NOPT website on the ‘Practice Educator Professional Standards Consultation’ page.

See our NOPT Conference Resources page if you wish to access some of the Powerpoint presentations from previous NOPT Conferences.