Nursing placements

All of our clinical placements welcome student nurses as part of the healthcare team.

You’ll be given many learning opportunities to work with and gain insight and understanding into how professionals work as part of a wider team, for example working with physiotherapists, clinical nurse specialists, operating department practitioners, admission and discharge teams.

The placements that you experience during the course will equip you to work as a registered nurse in an area of your choice, such as a hospital, community, primary care setting, private or voluntary sector, within a specialist team or GP surgery. When you qualify, you may wish to undertake further training in areas such as Health Visiting or School Nursing.

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key requirement of the course, as well as being the most rewarding element of your course. You’ll spend 50% of your learning time in clinical practice, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team in a range of practice placements within community, primary and hospital settings, including the NHS and private, voluntary and independent sectors.

Over the three years you’ll have two blocks of core placements each year (each lasting seven-nine weeks, 12 weeks in Year 3). You’ll also undertake additional four-week placements at the end of Year 1 and an eight-week placement in Year 2, allowing you to explore other clinical areas, or travel overseas (four weeks) in Year 2.

This a full-time course, covering 52 weeks each year and full attendance is expected for all elements of the course. You may like to have a look at our placement maps to get an idea of the different locations available.

Adult nursing

Mental health nursing

Child nursing

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Support on clinical placements

During clinical placements, you’ll always be supervised by registered health professionals, who will support and guide you through the use of supervision, teaching and coaching skills. You’ll be assessed on your knowledge and skills against required competencies by practice assessors who are registered nurses and who have undertaken training for this role.

We're committed to supporting you during your practice experience. We've worked in partnership with our placement providers to invest in a number of strategies to ensure the quality of the learning experience.

Travel to clinical placements

While we make every effort to minimise the travelling distance involved, it is important that you have considered the implications of this as many students may find that they have to travel a distance to their placement. 50% of course involves working shifts and travelling to placements which are in hospitals or the community. This includes working Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays as well as night shifts and very early shifts. If you accept a place on the course, it is your responsibility to plan your journey and make sure you are on time for your shifts.

Annual Leave

You’ll get 7 weeks of fixed annual leave each year. These weeks may not coincide with school holidays. It is not recommended that you book holiday outside of this time.

Attendance

The NMC require you to do a minimum of 4,600 hours to complete the course. Therefore, your attendance will be monitored very closely. You are expected to demonstrate punctuality as part of your development as a professional and therefore arrive at University on time for your lectures and at placement on time for your practice experience.

Uniform policy and personal patient care

Presenting yourself as a professional is important. You’ll be asked to follow the uniform policy at University and on placement. In many clinical areas, in order to minimise the risk of infection, clothing is not permitted below the elbows. Please talk to one of our tutors about this if you have questions or would like more information. As a student nurse we’ll expect you to provide personal care to male, female and transgender patients.

Change of field and deferrals

You should choose the field of nursing that you wish to study carefully as this will be the field that you’ll work in for the three years of the course. If you are unsure of what field you want to study, please make sure that you ask us for advice before you apply.