Your ePAD is your formal practice learning documentation. It is subject to marking by the University and external validation. Assessments may only be signed off by professional members of staff within the practice organisation. They must use their full name and work email address for this purpose, so that, where applicable, their professional registration can be verified, e.g., on the NMC register. Upon sign-off, the member of staff receives a confirmation email describing the form that they have approved and will raise an issue with ARU if their details have been used without their permission.

Finding the ePAD website

The ePAD website for ARU is 

You can bookmark the website in your browser, or save it in favourites, so you don't have to remember it.

Don't try to find the ePAD website via Google as you will be offered lots of different ePAD websites.

Signing In

Currently, ARU are using ePAD account credentials to sign in. This means that if you are already using the ePAD your username is your University email address, e.g., NOTE: if you've accessed the ePAD before but suddenly can't get access, it is worth clearing your browser cache as it may be storing an out-of-date version of the ePAD website.

If you're a new user and are about to use the ePAD for the first time you should have received a welcome email at least two weeks before your first placement. This will contain your username (which is your ARU email address) and a temporary password, click on the website link in the email and then click on the 'Sign In' button. Once you've entered your username and temporary password your ePAD homepage should be displayed.

Editing your ePAD profile

In the ePAD profile page you can change your password and upload a profile photo. If you've signed in to your ePAD using a temporary password, then you'll need to create a new password straightaway. To change your password or upload a photo, follow these steps:

  1. On the ePAD homepage, click on the chevron (top left) to expand the left-hand menu.
  2. In the left-hand menu, click on 'Edit Profile'. This opens your profile page in a new browser tab.
  3. To change your password go to the 'Edit your password' section. Enter your current password then enter your new password (passwords must  be at least 7 characters long and must contain at least 2 non alphanumeric characters). Repeat your password, click on the 'Save changes' button.
  4. To upload your profile photo go to the 'Update your profile picture' section and click on the 'Choose File' button. Find your photo and open or select it. Click on the 'Upload image' button. 
  5. When you have completed your profile changes, close the Edit profile tab and you return to the ePAD homepage.

Signing Out

It is very important to sign out of your ePAD account after you have completed your updates, especially when you are using a shared or public computer. This prevents any accidental disclosure of your ePAD information to an unauthorised person.

To sign out of your account, click on the padlock iconthat is always present in the top right hand corner of the page.

Navigation: Getting around the ePAD

The ePAD website is designed to be easy to use, the ePAD has 3 main pages:

  • - Homepage: this is the page displayed when you sign in; it gives you useful information and access to the different areas of the ePAD.

  • - Part page: this page contains your progress through a Part and gives you access to the placements you completed during that Part; the Part pages are accessed directly from the homepage.

  • - Placement page: the page containing details about the placement and your practice assessment documentation; placement pages can be accessed via the relevant Part page and the current/most recent placement can also be accessed directly from the homepage.

Navigation features

  • Linked panels: If a panel (a boxed area on the page) gains a defined border when you move your pointer over it (and the pointer changes to a hand) then it is linked to another page. Clicking anywhere in the panel will open the page. For example, on the homepage there are linked panels for the current/most recent placement as well as each Part and the OAR.


  • Linked rows: If a row (a list item) within a panel changes its shade when you move your pointer over it (and the pointer changes to a hand) then it is linked to another page. Clicking on the item will open the page. For example, in the ‘What’s next’ and ‘Don’t forget’ panels on the homepage there are linked rows for the forms that are listed, which open the form for completion when clicked.


  • The expand/collapse chevron: This is an arrow indicating a hidden section. Clicking on the arrow, which could be right-pointing “ > “ or down-pointing “ v “, expands the section to display the hidden information and changes the arrow direction; clicking on it again collapses the section. For example, on the homepage this feature is used to expand/collapse the left-hand side menu; on the placement page it is used to show form previews or lists of completed forms.


  • ePAD menu: Selecting the ‘burger’ symbol on the homepage opens a menu that provides quick access to any placement or form within any Part of your ePAD, bypassing the need to navigate via panels.


  • Location trail: As you click through the ePAD structure each location is added to a ‘breadcrumb’ trail under the page title, which looks like this:



The location link is displayed when you move your pointer over it (and the pointer changes to a hand), indicating that if you select it, you will go back to that page. The ePAD name links to the homepage.


  • Home: In addition to selecting the first item in the location trail (see above), you can also go straight back to the homepage from anywhere on the website by selecting the ePAD home icon found in the page header.