Update March 2019

Hello all again!

We would like to welcome cohort 6 who have just commenced their level 3 Diploma training here at the North Tees Centre and will be the first course to completely have e-portfolios available before assessments. We have already sent some students the drop box app for uploading evidence directly into their electronic portfolios - for those of you have not done so already please drop us an email saying you would like a link to your portfolio app. The advantage of the app is that you can add, edit and remove evidence as you deem fit from your electronic portfolios. The advantage to assessors who will be visiting you at your local Trusts is that they can view evidence before any visits and do no need to send physical portfolios back to us at the centre. A special thanks to Nikki Braxton who trialled it on the last cohort.

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the AAPT Student Representative, who has to following message to all students.

Gemma Norburn AAPT Student Representative

“Hello everyone! My name is Gemma and I am the Student Representative on the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT) Council. What this means exactly I am still trying to get my head around, but my main focus to start with is to be your link as a student back to the AAPT. I attend the Council meetings and can raise anything people feel they are concerned about or any questions they may have.

The next meeting is in April and it would be great to hear back from the different cohorts and students across the board to find out any feedback you may have, especially as the courses develop and grow. If there is anything else you need help with please get in contact also, I probably won't know the answer myself but the least I can do is help you find out who does have the answer if you are stuck.

The best way to get in contact with me is via email at gemma.norburn@nhs.net which I check regularly. I am a member of Cohort 6 so will be at the course centre for our visit dates and available in person then too.

Lastly, I know that Darren has been advocating joining the AAPT to all students and if this is something that interests you but you've yet to do then feel free to ask me about it too. I can only second what Darren has said in regards to being a member of a professional body will boost your opportunities and be advantageous in so many ways.

Good luck with your studying and don't forget I'm here if you need me!”

The North Tees Centre would like to extend a very warm welcome Gemma and we look forward to working collaboratively with her to improve student learning experience.

Level 4 Diploma students: Will still require a portfolio assessment but the format is likely to change from assessors visiting induvial trusts – our [North Tees] preferred format will be to have students attend the centre for one day to present portfolios to a small group of assessors. We will keep you updated on the outcome and format but level 4 students are advised to continue collecting their portfolio evidence and to request the drop box app.

Lastly, we are beginning preliminary dialog with other trust to extend the number of venues and / or Centres available to deliver the APT training – it is hoped that students commencing next year’s courses will have less distance to travel. This will no doubt also mean smaller more personable cohorts whilst still maintaining the quality of training.


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