Your academic learning is only half the story. We want to help you develop the sort of confidence that can only come from practice. That’s why you’ll spend half your time applying your skills to real challenges and caring for real patients.
During your practice learning - or placement - you’ll experience what life will be like after you qualify and learn to follow the NMC’s Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses and midwives.
You’ll learn to communicate and manage relationships effectively with patients, families and co-workers. At the same time, you’ll perfect the skills that are key to your role.
Where will my placements be?
We want our nurses and midwives to experience what it’s like to care for patients with different needs, be part of a diverse team and work across large organisations.
As well as allocating every student a ‘Principal Trust’, where you spend most of your time, you may also complete some placements in other private, voluntary and independant providers to experience working with different types of patient.
To make sure you receive the rounded experience the NMC requires you to have during your learning, each year we work with our practice learning partners to arrange around 12,000 placements for our students. Our partners assess the needs of the local populations they serve and the range of healthcare settings they provide. So, our placement allocations will often change each year.
Our placement locations
You could be allocated to any of our practice learning partners as your Prinicipal Trust, so this may not be allocated at the trust nearest to you geographically.
These maps are designed to give you a good indication of where you might be placed in London. The pins are of our clinical placement locations, but we haven't added all our community placement locations as there are too many to list!
Nursing clinical practice placements
Midwifery clinical practice placements
(NB: this map is not interactive)
How long will I spend on placement?
We’ve designed our pre-registration courses so students spend half their time on placement. You’ll spend the other half of your time developing knowledge and preparing for the demands of practice.
Placements vary from six to 13 weeks. You’ll work hours reflect typical shift patterns of nurses and midwives. So expect early starts, night shifts and days ranging from 7.5 to 11.5 hours long.
How will I be assessed?
During placement, your learning will be guided using a Practice Assessment Document (PADs). This explains the practice outcomes and professional values and shows us the hours you’ve worked and what you’ve achieved.
When you are on placement your learning will be supported by practice supervisors and practice assessors as well as an academic assessor. This helps us check you’re on the right track and fit to join the NMC register.
What support will King's give me?
Nursing and midwifery are challenging. We’ll assign you a Personal Tutor to provide help, advice and encouragement through the highs and lows.
Before placement, you’ll benefit from a range of resources to help you prepare. For example, our peer-to-peer buddy scheme for first years.
Our teaching staff also work with practice supervisors, practice assessors and practice learning partners and students. We want our students to make the most out of the experience and feel like they always have the support they need.