AHP Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) placements

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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) workshops for Allied Health Professional (AHP) practice educators.


This education package is to support learning for AHP practice educators who are planning to provide a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) practice-based placement. The learning is designed to take place as a package and should have a local board facilitator.  If you are interested in finding out more or registering for the AHP PAL Education Package please contact your local AHP Practice Education Lead (PEL). You can find out who your PEL is by accessing the map on the AHP Community of Practice

Learning Details

The learning is split into 3 sections:  

  1. An introductory session (recorded session) 

  1. A main session (recorded session and handbook) 

  1. An online interactive workshop (arranged within local board areas) 

The aim of the learning is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required for planning, delivering and evaluating a peer assisted learning (PAL) placement.  

By participating in the PAL education package, you will be able to:  

  1. Discuss in relation to students, practice educators and service the benefits of a PAL placement   

  1. Apply the principles of adult learning theory to facilitate learning  

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the behaviours required to be an effective facilitator  

  1. Discuss ways of managing challenging personalities  

  1. Apply effective feedback skills in the context of PAL  

  1. Identify ways to prepare for a PAL placement  


The introductory session provides a brief overview of peer assisted learning, including videos and testimonies from AHPs in Scotland who have experienced PAL as a student, practice educator or manager:


The main session and associated reading provide the educational component:  


Finally, there is a locally facilitated interactive workshop, via MS teams, in which you can build on the knowledge gained in the main presentation through learning and discussion with other interested AHPs. If you are interested in finding out more or registering for the AHP PAL Education Package please contact your local AHP PEL.