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Anglia Ruskin University
School of Nursing & Midwifery

Anglia Ruskin University is the largest provider of nursing education in the East of England. With over 2,000 pre- registration student nurses in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education enrolled onto NMC approved courses, Anglia Ruskin has successfully implemented Myprogress since 2015 as their mobile and web-based tool for observing and assessing student nurses in clinical practice.

Setting the Scene

Prior to working with MyKnowledgeMap, Anglia Ruskin University’s student nurses used a paper-based clinical practice portfolio to allow them to undertake and demonstrate the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies whilst on placement. With three campuses; Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, as well as 200 placement areas, student nurses were widely distributed, creating a huge challenge for the university and its 5000 registered mentors. 

The problem for us with paper documentation was that in such a huge region we had no idea of how the students were actually progressing whilst they were on practice, until they actually came back in or visit, we didn’t know how they were getting on in their placement area” - says Siân Shaw, Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Anglia Ruskin’s School of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Work.


Choosing the right solution

After research Anglia Ruskin University adopted Myprogress as their offline mobile-based practice assessment tool. Myprogress, developed by MyKnowledgeMap, was chosen for this project as the platform closely aligned with the organisations’ needs and specific challenges around their student placements. 

Key benefits 
  • The feedback provided to students was more comprehensive, especially with the 'speech-to-text' functionality enabling practice staff to provide feedback faster 
  • Assessments are more likely to be completed on time and combined with the remote ability to view student progress, Academic Assessors and Practice Assessors are able to better support students 
  • Supporting staff and students are able to review and prepare for meetings in advance - improving the student learning experience 
  • There has been an increase in both student and staff digital literacy skills - improving digital literacy across NHS Trusts in the region
  • Improved efficiency as academics are able to provide additional support and engage with assessors in practice without taking the time to travel to placements; this is key in meeting the new 2018 NMC Standards. 

Over the last 5 years, the attrition rate has reduced from over 20% in Cambridge to 2.5% and the transformation of assessment in practice with Myprogress was a contributing factor to this positive change.


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