Using the assessment of Clinical Skills to achieve L&D9DI: A Guidance Resource for Nursing and Midwifery mentors

A guidance resource has been developed to support nursing and midwifery mentors demonstrate achievement of L&D9DI — Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct and Indirect Methods, awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) through the assessment of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students.  

The guidance resource, developed in partnership between NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and education providers will now enable:

The example documentation contained within this resource highlights the similarities between L&D9DI and the assessment domain of the NMC mentors competencies and provides guidance on opportunities for achieving both qualifications simultaneously.

Mentors (qualified or not yet qualified) opting to undertake L&D9DI will need to be enrolled with an SQA approved centre which will ultimately assess and certificate the L&D9DI Award. Following enrollment with an SQA approved centre, definitive documentation and evidence templates will be provided to support this process.

Who is the resource guidance for?

This guidance is for qualified mentors, their line managers and for SQA approved centres to support the achievement of L&D9DI using evidence of clinical skills assessments as the route to attainment.


Please note that this guidance resource is only available to student mentors and qualified mentors to access on the Nursing and Midwifery ePortfolio and to SQA approved centres from SQA’s secure website.

To access SQA’s Secure Site, a username and password are required. These are issued to centre Co-ordinators. For further information email MyCentre Team

Sources of support

Find out more about the L&D9DI Unit: Assess Workplace Competence using Direct and Indirect Methods

Visit NHS Education for Scotland or contact the local Practice Education Facilitator, Practice Development Unit.

Outline Document

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Download: An outline for student mentors undertaking mentor preparation programmes, qualified mentors, managers and SQA approved centres. (739 KB)