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Benefits to learners
- Additional pastoral support
- Access to a variety of clinicians with a range of skills and experience
- Provides students with an additional resources to have discussions, caseload reviews and reflection.
- Allows students to speak to other healthcare professionals from other specialities.
Benefits to employers
- Retention of staff with vast experience, knowledge and skill
- Could provide additional team capacity to provide learning opportunities
- Students who receive a quality placement will consider employment within the organisation.
Benefits to AHPs in late career
- Opportunity to pass on their knowledge and skills
- Develop mentoring and coaching skills that could be used both in and out of the NHS
- Provide a transitionary period for staff who are considering retirement.
Benefits to education providers
- More resources and support are available to students on placement
- Increased capacity to support learners in practice
- Opportunity for education staff to consider providing practical support in organisations to increase placement capacity
- Potential to increase learning opportunities in voluntary and charitable organisations as part of role-emerging or arms-length practice-based learning.