Students Rights & Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the Student to:

  • prepare thoroughly for the clinical placement
  • revise relevant theory and relevant practical skills
  • know the objectives of the clinical subject
  • check the details of the agency
  • contact the student coordinator 2 weeks prior to the placement (or as required)
  • comply with the protocols and policies of their University Department and the health service
  • advise the Clinical Coordinator if you are unwell or unfit for practice (e.g. acute illness or injury)
  • follow the directions of, and report to, their allocated clinical educator(s)
  • provide patient care under professional supervision
  • recognise the limits of their knowledge and expertise and seek assistance where appropriate
  • identify their learning goals and strategies
  • use educator feedback to develop clinical competencies
  • reflect on their learning via regular self‐assessment

Student rights include the right to:

1. Expect certain characteristics of the clinical educator

  • appropriate qualifications
  • flexible, fair and consistent in values
  • guidance but encouragement of independence
  • responsible for organisation and management concerns affecting the student

2. Be adequately observed

  • so that timely feedback can be given
  • so that all aspects of performance which will be assessed have been observed by the clinical educator

3. Receive feedback that is timely, balanced, independent and specific

4. Specific role definition

  • to expect clinical educator to communicate expectations
  • to question requirements of clinical educator

5. Develop personal therapy styles that are logical and scientifically sound

6. Be assertive (not passive, aggressive or demanding)

7. Make mistakes

Clinical Educator Responsibilities & Rights

It is the responsibility of the clinical educator to:

  • Orient the student to the clinical environment (including relevant policies and protocols).
  • Allocate a caseload appropriate to the level of the course and the student’s abilities.
  • Provide a level of supervision (demonstrating, observing, instructing) which is appropriate to the level of the course and the student’s abilities.
  • Provide regular and specific feedback to the student on their clinical work.
  • Ensure that students who have access to patients/clients are competent to perform their allotted tasks and that they conduct themselves in a safe and professional manner.
  • Conduct a mid‐placement assessment and discuss the results with the student.
  • Conduct a final assessment and discuss the results with the student

Clinical Educators’ rights include the right to:

1. Define general goals of the clinic.

2. Describe and expect fulfilment of student’s job responsibilities.

3. Be respected as a human being and as a health professional.

4. Professionally act in the following manner:

  • to be honest
  • to react emotionally
  • to criticise as well as praise
  • to expect honesty and dependability
  • to provide model (for students) for clinical and professional actions

5. Offer and receive mutual feedback:

  • make justified criticism
  • to get feedback from supervisee about supervision

6. Establish the mode of interaction:

  • to create atmosphere of open communication
  • to create atmosphere for discussion, disagreement, initiative, motivation and creativity.
  • to create atmosphere for encouraging supervisee to seek assistance and guidance when needed.

Client’s Rights

Students on clinical placement should be mindful of the rights of patients and clients. Students should familiarise themselves with the particular policy on client rights which applies in each clinical placement.

1. The Right to Choose

  • Clients of any health service have the right to decide whether or not they wish to be assessed and/or treated by a student health practitioner.
  • Clients have the right to choose whether or not they wish to act on, or comply with, any recommended treatment or course of action.
  • Clients also have the right to expect to be involved in decisions about the management of their health problems.

2. The Right to Confidentiality

  • Any information you obtain about a client, either verbally, from the medical record or any other source, should not be disclosed to any other person without the express permission of the client concerned.
  • Medical records should not be left unsecured (e.g. left unattended where they may be read by an unauthorised person), and should at no time be removed from the ward/department or agency.

3. The Right to Privacy and Dignity

  • Clients have the right to expect that verbal and physical assessments and treatments will be carried out in a manner that respects the individual’s privacy and dignity.

4. The Right to Impartiality

  • Clients have the right to be treated without prejudice, regardless of personal characteristics. Students should be particularly vigilant when working with clients whose personal values are not shared by the student.

5. The Right to be Informed

  • Clients have the right to expect to be fully informed of the potential risks and benefits of any procedure that is deemed necessary or desirable during the provision of a health service.
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