What is EASI?
An introduction from Lucy Aldrich
EASI is a model of student supervision.
It is a variation of the 2:1 model (2 students to one educator). It can also support more than 2 students, and share them between more than one educator.
It was created in response to the significant increase in the number of AHP clinical placements required in England right now. To meet our future NHS service demands an increase of 27,000 Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) is required by 2024.1 Evidence has shown that AHP staff have identified difficulties in supporting an increase in placements.2 These include how to support a second student and maintain productivity, whilst preserving staff wellbeing.
As a clinician I wanted to make a difference to my own, and to my peers, experiences of student placements. I wanted to make it easier for staff to support the necessary placement expansion, and continue to deliver a great learning environment for students, so I created the Hull EASI model (Evaluator-Appraiser-Student-Integrated) to address their concerns.
This guide introduces you to the model. It is followed by further information on each aspect of the model to enable clinicians to decide if it meets their needs, how to implement the EASI model, and support staff and students to easily access key information.
2 Sevenhuysen, S. L., and Haines, T. (2011). The slave of duty: Why clinical educators across the continuum of care provide clinical education in physiotherapy. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal. 29: 64-70.