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Clinical Placements

Clinical Placements

As part of our nursing, midwifery, operating department practice and paramedic science courses, students will be required to complete clinical placements; depending on which your course you’re studying, you could spend anywhere between a quarter to two thirds of your time out on placement. This time will allow students to be exposed to a diverse range of learning experiences and develop their skills further within healthcare settings, all while being supported by practice supervisors, and your course team.

We work closely with a number of NHS Trusts and independent care partners in the region, both in hospitals and out in the community.

We currently work with:

We also work closely with community and independent organisations, providing trainee nurses for placements in nursing homes and assessment centres, learning disability support services, prisons, youth offender institutions, detention centres and private hospitals.

Placements will be undertaken within a whole Trust and will not be limited to one hospital site. This ensures students get a balanced exposure regime and experience of various specialities and services.

The Trusts we are currently working with include:

West London NHS Trust is amongst one of the most diverse providers of physical and mental health care in the UK and our staff are dedicated to improving lives through the wide range of services we offer. Our purpose is to help people to recover from mental and physical illness and to find new and better treatments that allow people to lead full and productive lives. We inspire to be the best organisation of our type in the UK. We provide a full range of mental health, physical healthcare and community services for children, adults and older people living in the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. We also provide some specialist services that are commissioned regionally, such as our medium secure services; and nationally, such as the Cassel Hospital for people with complex and severe personality disorder and our high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital.

As a Trust, we have a well-established and effective working partnership with Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) and, as a nurse training hospital, we accommodate a number of nursing students for their clinical placements in all our Clinical areas. We offer placements to a range of student nurses namely; BSc, PG Dip, Nursing Degree Apprenticeship and Return to Practice students. We have a very good support structure in place that is supported by link lecturers from BNU to ensure that all our students get the best experience with us. This enables them to meet the established NMC standards for registration onto the NMC register. We have a number of on-going joint initiatives with BNU such as students support forums, mentors updates, Joint Key Account meetings and we work together on how we place our students in clinical practice areas. Through this partnership, we continue to use our strengths to train and develop the future nurses that are fit for the next decade and beyond.

Sunny Daby Nurse Education & Placement Manager, West London NHS Trust