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End-Point Assessment (EPA) External Examiners, Nursing Associate Apprenticeship and Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

Academic Quality & Standards Office

Salary:   Band D - £250 fee
Release Date:   Thursday 10 June 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 01 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:   QUAL28

The University of West London (UWL) has climbed an impressive 23 places to become one of the top 40 universities in the UK according to the influential Guardian University Guide 2021.

UWL is now ranked 34th in the UK – our highest position of any league table ever! We were also the top university in England for teaching satisfaction and the ranking reaffirms our position as the top modern university in London. 

In addition, UWL has been named University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. The editor of the Guide has described UWL as “regularly among the top-performing universities’ and that we have ‘proved it is possible for a London-based institution to achieve outstanding levels of student satisfaction beyond other universities”.  

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Purpose: 

These appointments are in response to changes in policy related to the end-point assessment for NMC programmes, which allows providers to conduct their end-point assessments as part of the assessment board process. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) have amended the end point assessment for the NMC regulated courses below from non-integrated to integrated: 

  • Nursing Associate Apprenticeship (HEE and NMC 2018 Curriculums) 
  • Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (NMC 2018)

The EPA now consists of the UWL Awards Board and following this, UWL putting froward eligible apprentices to the NMC. The NMC approved HEI now becomes the EPAO (following registration with the ESFA for the relevant standard). 

There must be independence of the end-point assessment which is assured through the award board and includes the EPA External Examiner for this phase. The role provides independence and impartiality for the relevant Apprenticeship Standard and requires use of assessment experience with robust industry knowledge to form judgements.

Appointment

The role will be nominated by the relevant Quality Lead within in the School/College and the End Point Assessment Department based on their suitability, knowledge and experience. The role will be formally approved by the Academic Quality and Standards Office (AQSO), following; successful completion of necessary training, employment checks in relation to conflict of interest and right to work in the UK.

The duration of an External Examiner’s appointment will normally be for four years, with an possibility of an additional extension of one year to ensure continuity. 

Responsibilities 

  • Carrying out the EPA as set out in the Assessment Plan for the Apprenticeship Standard, including:
    • To review and confirm all evidence for the EPA is in place;
    • To confirm the independence and impartiality of the process;
    • To confirm the maintenance of nationally comparable standards across HE institutions;
    • To attend Award Boards associated with the listed programme(s) and sign off an Award Board matrix according to University of West London Academic Regulations;
    • Provide detailed and appropriate feedback to support the end point assessment processes; 
    • Contribute to external quality assurance activity/audit (where appropriate); 
    • Maintain active registration on the NMC register as a nurse
  • Annually submitting conflicts of interest declaration within the agreed timescale. 

Criteria

The role requires:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the standard and assessment plan. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK sector agreed reference points for the maintenance of academic standards and assurance and enhancement of quality. 
  • Be a nurse registered with the NMC. 
  • Familiarity with the EPA performance expected of apprentices to achieve the award being assessed. 
  • Comply to the requirements of the EPAO (NMC Approved Education Institution). 
  • Knowledge to undertake EPA activities with integrity and impartiality to offer a fair, reliable and consistent assessment experience for all apprentices.
  • Be independent of the apprentice, the EPAO (NMC Approved Education Institution) or employing organisation who are involved in delivering the apprenticeship. 

In addition, all External Examiners at the University of West London are required to demonstrate:

  • Have relevant academic and/or professional qualifications to at least the level of the qualification being externally examined, and/or extensive practitioner experience where appropriate.
  • Have sufficient standing, credibility and breadth of experience within the discipline to be able to command the respect of academic peers and, where appropriate, professional peers.

Training requirements

The university is committed to providing high-quality External Examiners with resources and support to effectively carry out their duties. EPA External Examiners will be expected to attend the institution induction for all External Examiners. This is offered on an annual basis, and newly appointed EPA External Examiners who have not held an EPA External Examiner position at another institution within the last 5 years will be assigned a mentor for the first year of appointment. 

To apply, please upload a CV.

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