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Placements

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.

On 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’ll complete some placements in private hospitals or another trust to experience working with different types of patient.

You’ll also have the chance to do a national, international or research placement to understand the whole host of challenges professionals face in healthcare. 

 

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 mentors, placement providers and students. We want our students to make the most out of the experience and feel like they always have the support they need.

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