The resources below consist of links to online resources as well as topic specific literature lists.* The resources are grouped together under topics, which correspond to each of the assessment frameworks. Links to these resources are embedded, as links within the individual assessment frameworks. Please let us know if you know of additional resources, which it would be useful to add to the lists. Please click here to provide feedback.

*Due to copyright legislation, we are not permitted to provide you with PDF’s of articles and book chapters. However, if you are supervising a student on placement they should be able to download relevant articles for you from their respective university’s online catalogue or databases.


Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS)

ALPS,is a collaboration between five higher education institutions: the University of Bradford, the University of Huddersfield, the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John University. The project aimed to assess the competency of students by using mobile devices close to the patients, But the process began by the five universities collaborating to produce a shared competency map that spanned multiple disciplines.

ALPS Common Competency Maps

The work of ALPS is based on the hypothesis that if students receive feedback from different sources in diverse practice situations, then confidence, competence, assessment reliability and interprofessional working skills will all be improved. ALPS Common Competency Maps

The three Common Competency Maps Communication skills, Team Working and Ethical Practice have been used as a framework from which the ALPS assessment tools have been built.



The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), Scotland  is a charitable company with a mission to:

…promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.