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Extranet for Practice Educators

Information and resources for practice educators.


Welcome to the extranet website for the Speech and Language Sciences degree programmes. Newcastle University currently offers three degree programmes that lead to qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist and eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC):

  • BSc Speech and Language Sciences (3 Years)
  • Master of Speech and Language Sciences (4 Years)
  • MSc Language Pathology (2 Years)

About the extranet

The Extranet is a space for practice educators (PEs) who support our degree programmes by providing clinical placements for our students.

In the Extranet you'll find:

  • the most up-to-date clinical placement information, as well as relevant policy or procedural documents relating to other aspects of the degree programmes. Copies of relevant information are sent by email to the placement coordinator in each organisation
  • information about student projects that have relevance to practice educators

We're continuing to work to update and populate the Extranet. Please send us suggestions for improvement or additional resources through your Clinical Coordination Committee rep.

Documents are accessible to practice educators working with us and are password protected.

Contact us

If you have any queries about clinical placements, practice educator training or extranet content you can contact us.

Clinical Placement Info

Here are the dates for all of the clinical placements this academic year (2022/23) including those that take place on campus.

Semester 1 2022/23




No. weeks

Approximate no. placements required

Stage 2


26/09/22 –16/12/22

1/2 per week

12 weeks


Stage 3


24/10/22 - 16/12/22

5 days*

8 weeks


MSLS Year 4
(Professional Context)

03/10/22 - 16/12/22


2 full days

Mon, Wed or Fri

11 weeks



MSc Year 1

26/09/22 - 16/12/22

1/2 day per week

12 weeks


MSc Year 2
(Extended Case)

24/10/22 - 16/12/22

Monday, Wednesday. Friday

8 weeks


Semester 2 2021/22




No. weeks

Approximate no. placements required

Stage 2


30/01/23 - 24/03/23


24/04/23 - 16/05/23

½ day

12 weeks


MSLS  Year 4

24/04/23 – 02/06/23

5 days*

6 weeks


MSc Year 1


30/01/23 - 24/03/23


24/04/23 - 16/05/23

½ day per week

12 weeks


Semester 3 2022/23




No. weeks

Approximate no. placements required

BSc3+ (Block)

12/06/23 - 04/08/23


5 days*

8 weeks


MSc Year 1

12/06/23 - 21/07/23

5 days*


6 weeks


MSc Year 2 (Block)

12/06/23 - 04/08/23


5 days*

8 weeks


* Inclusive of 1 days planning and preparation


Practice Educator Workshops

‌We provide a programme of workshops for practice educators each academic year.

For Academic Year 2021/22 workshops dates will be circulated through CCC reps.

All workshops will be taking place online until further notice.

Practice Educator Placement Packs

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌The General Placement Handbook is relevant to every placement and contains essential information for all practice educators.

The Placement Specific Packs contain information about each placement, including expectations and assessment. You'll be emailed a copy of the pack relevant to your placement.‌

‌The guides below provide information about our block placements.

Placement clinical evaluation reports

‌‌‌‌These are the competency-based assessments for each of the placements. Please save a copy of the appropriate clinical evaluation report (CER) onto your computer. CERs are cohort specific to reflect the level of competency we expect at each stage of the student's clinical skill development. The same CER applies to both placements during the year. We expect students to demonstrate competency appropriate to their stage at the end of the second placement. Some placements have additional competencies.

Please read the instructions carefully before completing the CER.

We suggest that you first ask the student to complete their comments on the CER and email it to you to complete your comments. This is particularly helpful if collating comments from more than one practice educator. When you meet the student for their final evaluation please ensure that you both sign the CER.

Please post completed CERs to the University immediately after the placement finishes. If you have any queries please contact

You may find it helpful to refer to the 'helpful hints for completing the clinical evaluation report'

Placement models


Instead of having one or two students working individually with clients you may find it more interesting, helpful or even fun, to have students on a peer placement or have a whole group of students all at once. These documents give you more information about peer placements and satellite clinics. We are keen for PEs to take up these options as it can be rewarding for both PE and student as well as being a way of efficiently supervising a larger number of students on placement. We can provide PE workshops in the summer for any services or groups of PEs who are interested. Please contact for more information.

  • Peer Placement Guide
  • Satellite Clinic Guide

Helpful hints documents

‌The documents contained here provide guidance of various aspects of placements for clinical educators and students.

Helpful hints for the CER

Helpful hints for Interprofessional learning and working on placement

Policy and procedures

‌‌‌‌‌‌The documents here are policy documents and guidelines relevant to Speech and Language Sciences clinical placements.

Current SLS Policy on Clinical Fails

Current SLT DBS Policy

Current Student Dress Code‌‌

Current Raising Concerns

Current SLS Fitness to Practise

Current SLS Health and Safety Policy

Current Personal Clinical Goals

Student documentation

‌‌‌‌Here is a copy of the student guide to clinical education that students are given at the start of each academic year which contains information about the relevant clinical and professional education module. They are useful points of reference for you as they outline the information about placements that we provide for students.

Placement Handbook Student 2022_23

Student projects

During their time at University students engage in a number of different projects, ranging from presenting professional issues seminars, to completing audit or service evaluation for SLTs, to undertaking research projects under the supervision of academic staff (sometimes co-supervised by SLTs). The marks of all of these projects contribute towards the students' final degree.

Professional issues topics

These topics are researched by final year students studying the BSc and Master of Speech and Language Sciences programmes. The students present interactive seminars and contribute to a Professional Issues Class Book. Topics have included:

Transforming Care for people with learning disabilities

The Autism Act 10 Years On

Education, Health and Care Plans

The role of the SLT in the palliative care team

Telehealth and digital health in SLT services

The role of the SLT in mainstream schools

Contact us if you wish to know more about the Class Book.

Professional Context Projects

These projects are linked to the semester one placement for fourth year students. From 2021-22 academic year these will be masters level projects. If you have a service evaluation project that students can undertake on your behalf, there is a PE workshop in the spring to help you develop the topic at an appropriate level and ensure that it can be completed in the timescale. Ask your CCC rep for workshop dates or email


These supervised research projects allow fourth year students to conduct original research projects developed by themselves or members of staff. PEs who have small scale research projects are welcome to discuss their suitability for inclusion as a dissertation topic with the module leader. Supervision for PE projects would normally be shared with a member of University staff. The timescale for this is January of each year for topics, with students making their choices in April. If you need NHS research ethics and Heath Research Authority (HRA) approval through IRAS, you will have to ensure that it is in place for the end of September when the projects start.

Campus clinic experience

Students have their first clinical practice experiences in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre and The Children's Speech and Language Clinic which are located in King George VI Building on the University Campus. This lays the foundation for their clinical learning in future external placements. Students usually spend one semester working in the adult clinic and one semester in the child clinic. Practice educators in the campus clinics comprise clinically qualified university staff and speech and language therapists who work with us as guest members of staff. Please email us at if you are interested in PE work in either of our campus clinics.

Evidence-based practice

This page contains links to evidence-based practice (EBP) resources for Clinical Educators. It will be updated throughout the year as new resources are developed and made available.

The necessary skills to undertake EBP eg critical appraisal, internet and database searching, research methodology, statistics, are taught to students throughout their degree programmes. By the end of stage 2 for the undergraduate programmes and the first year for the postgraduate programme, we expect all students to be able to formulate an EBP question about their clinical practice, search for relevant research literature, critically appraise that literature accurately and formulate an answer to their question that is based on the evidence and tempered by clinical judgement and client needs.

Evidence-based practice is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients, integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research (Sackett et al, 2000).

How to...Guides

These short summary guides are written for students to act as a quick reminder of things they have covered in their course that are relevant to clinical work. If you have any queries or requests for further How to...Guides, please contact

How to...introduction

How case notes

How to...write therapy goals

How to...write a session plan

How to...write case notes

How to...write a report

How to...adapt the style of a report

How to...have a good session

How to...give feedback

How to...administer a test

How to...have a successful peer placement

How to...judge levels of attention

How to...measure effectiveness

How to children

How to...write word lists

How to...avoid breaches of confidentiality

How to... interpret test scores

Quality assurance

Under the conditions of our approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accreditation by Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCLT) we have to undertake a quality assurance process with all of our placement providers. This is the SPELS audit.

SPELS audit tool PP & PE