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Standard 2 - Governance and quality


There are effective governance systems that ensure compliance with all legal, regulatory, professional and educational requirements and clear lines of responsibility and accountability for meeting those requirements

All learning environments optimise safety and equality, taking account of the diverse needs of, and working in partnership with, students and all other stakeholders.


Accredited education institutions, together with delivery sites and training practices, must:

  1. comply with all relevant legal, regulatory, professional and educational requirements.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) report and action plans
    2. Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) report and action plans
    3. Qualifications Wales report and action plans
    4. Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) report and action plans
    5. Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) report and action plans
    6. Office for Students (OfS) report and action plans
    7. Quality Assurance Agency (QQA) report and action plans
    8. RCVS quality monitoring reports and action plans
    9. External examiners reports and action plans
    10. Written confirmation of programme validation
    11. Minutes of validation/accreditation event and evidence of any conditions to have been addressed
    12. Evidence of RCVS pre-accreditation support
    13. Quality improvement plan
    14. Curriculum mapping to meet RCVS Day One Competences, Skills and Professional Behaviours
    15. Curriculum mapping document to QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Veterinary Nursing (HEI)
  2. provide all information and evidence required by regulators in a timely manner, ie within published timescales.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Completed action plans from regulatory, professional, and legal bodies
  3. comply with the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Module/qualification documentation
    2. Programme/qualification curriculum
    3. Monitoring of teaching and learning
    4. Schemes of work/syllabus
    5. Student and clinical supervisor handbooks
    6. Day One Skills recording platform sampling records
    7. Professional behaviour evaluation records
  4. comply with the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Registration Rules.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Adequate placement provision/employment
    2. Documented programme structure
    3. Programme/qualification handbook
  5. adopt a partnership approach, with shared responsibility, evidenced by a Memorandum of Understanding between the accredited education institution and the delivery site and between the delivery site and the training practice. This must be regularly reviewed and clearly stipulate the roles, responsibilities, and regulatory requirements.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Memoranda of Understanding
    2. Quality assurance procedures
    3. Risk assessments
    4. Review meeting minutes
    5. TP / aTP handbook
    6. Clinical supervisor handbook

    7. Delivery site approval and monitoring records and action plans

    8. TP/aTP secondment documents

    9. Written agreement with examination sites (AOs)
    10. Communication regarding changes of accredited AEI
  6. ensure that recruitment, selection and retention of students is open, fair and transparent and includes measures to understand and address underrepresentation.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Selection criteria for admission
    2. Recruitment documentation
    3. Copies of student certificates
    4. Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) 
    5. Equality of opportunity policy
    6. Interview records
    7. Self-assessment reports
    8. Widening participation policy
    9. Application process
    10. Interview/selection process
  7. have entry criteria for the programme that includes evidence that the student has a capability in numeracy, literacy and science, written and spoken English and mathematics to meet the programme outcomes.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Programme/qualification specification
    2. Prospectus
    3. Website
    4. Social media
    5. Careers leaflets
    6. Equivalence policy
    7. Work experience requirements

  8. demonstrate a robust process for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. APL/RPL Policy
    2. APL/RPL documentation
    3. APL/RPL decision recording
    4. APL/RPL guidance on website
    5. Examples of RPL mapping
  9. provide accurate and accessible information to students enabling them to understand and comply with relevant governance processes and policies.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Student induction processes
    2. Student handbook
    3. Programme/qualification handbook
    4. TP/aTP handbook
    5. AEI/delivery site fitness to practise policy
    6. RCVS enrolment guidance
    7. RCVS registration guidance
    8. RCVS CoPC references within relevant documentation

    9. Reasonable adjustment policy
    10. Online learning platform
  10. have robust, effective, fair, impartial and lawful fitness to practise procedures to swiftly address concerns, and where appropriate notify the RCVS, as Regulator, about the conduct of students that might compromise public and animal safety and protection. The procedure must include disclosure of criminal convictions that may affect registration with the RCVS.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. AEI/delivery site fitness to practise policy

    2. Fitness to study policy

    3. Appeals procedure and policy

    4. Academic malpractice policy

    5. Academic integrity policy and guidance
    6. Student Code of Conduct

    7. Induction processes
    8. Student interviews
    9. Student recruitment policy
  11. confirm that students meet the required programme outcomes in full and are eligible for academic and professional award.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Board of Examiners meeting minutes
    2. Student progression meeting minutes
    3. Exit award details
  12. undertake regular reviews of all learning environments and provide assurance that they are safe, effective, and fit for purpose.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Course reviews
    2. Student feedback
    3. TP/aTP quality monitoring records
    4. Risk assessments
    5. Health and Safety Policy
    6. Delivery site Sampling Policy
    7. AEI site visit or site review documentation for delivery sites and TP/aTP
    8. Memorandum of Understanding
    9. External examiner reports
    10. Standard operating procedures

    11. E-safety policy

    12. Student training regarding online safety

  13. have safe and effective recruitment processes in place to ensure appropriate personnel are recruited to support programme delivery.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Staff development plan

    2. Staff in-house training records

    3. Job descriptions and/or person specifications

    4. Recruitment policy

    5. External examiner/adviser recruitment policy

    6. Safer recruitment policy
  14. where an accredited education institution is not yet fully accredited, or at the discretion of the Veterinary Nurse Education Committee, facilitate the attendance of the RCVS at a trial/mock OSCE/practical assessment at least one year in advance of the final summative assessment taking place for the relevant cohort of students.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Proposed dates for trial/mock examination
  15. where an accredited education institution plans to make any changes to its provision, including assessment, the RCVS must approve all changes prior to implementation.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Correspondence with RCVS regarding proposed changes
    2. Process for programme changes
  16. provide evidence that adequate market demand and finances are in place and are sufficient to sustain and develop the programme and have been approved by the accredited education institution.

    This may be evidenced through:

    1. Budget
    2. Self-assessment reports
    3. Institution’s annual report containing audited accounts

    4. Budgetary forecast for the accredited programme

    5. Evidence of actual and/or projected income sources 

    6. Evidence of demand for the programme (the market)

    7. Marketing strategy 

    8. National Student Survey

    9. End of programme evaluation

    10. Justification for critical student number e.g. business planning documentation