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NHS Partners


The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care is highly regarded by leading London NHS Trusts. Our unique relationships and strong record of success in collaborative working with key healthcare providers mean we are able to offer our students unrivalled learning opportunities – equipping them with exemplary care and clinical skills, first rate professionalism and self confidence.

While studying at the Faculty, nursing and midwifery students gain practical experience in a variety of clinical settings. Clinical placements provide the opportunity to employ an evidence-based approach and work with patients and their families from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

In addition, many Trusts commission post-qualification work with us to enhance the skills and knowledge of their nurses and clinical staff and assist them in their continuing professional development.

The Faculty is part of King's Health Partners, which includes:

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of London's largest and busiest teaching hospitals, with a strong profile of local services primarily serving the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Bromley.

Their specialist services are available to patients across a wider catchment area, providing nationally and internationally recognised work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, haemato-oncology and foetal medicine.

King’s College Hospital also plays a key role in the training and education of medical, nursing and dental students with its academic partner, King’s College London. They are a host trust for second and third year pre-registration nursing students from the Faculty.  Students do their clinical placements at King’s, and follow programmes leading to registration as a nurse in either adult or paediatric nursing.

Placements are available to both nursing and midwifery students.

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is made up of two of London’s oldest and most well known teaching hospitals. Both hospitals have been at the forefront of clinical care, innovation and education since they were established.

They provide community care in health centres for residents of Lambeth and Southwark, and are part of King’s Health Partners, one of only six academic health sciences centres in the UK. 

Located in the heart of the capital, the trust serves some of the most diverse communities in the UK where more than 130 languages are spoken. As well as providing a full range of hospital services for local communities and specialist services including cancer, cardiothoracic, kidney and children’s care, St Thomas’s operates one of London’s busiest A&E departments, and collectively Guy’s and St Thomas’ operates the largest critical care service in the UK.  

They provide high quality clinical placements for 600 children’s and adult nursing and midwifery students from King’s College London, and other institutions.

Half of the time training to be a nurse or midwife is spent in clinical placements, and because of the size and nature of their hospitals, students can experience a wide range of specialist areas.

Placements are available to both nursing and midwifery students.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. They also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

They serve a local population of 1.3 million people, and have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services.
They provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.

As well as serving the communities of south London, they also provide more than 50 specialist services for children and adults across the UK including perinatal services, eating disorders, psychosis and autism.

They are the only mental health trust in the UK to have their own biomedical research centre (BRC) – hosted jointly with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) King’s College London with the aim of translating scientific developments into new ways of screening, detecting, treating and preventing mental illness.

The Trust is part of one of England’s six Academic Health Sciences Centres, King’s Health Partners, with King’s College LondonGuy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

They provide:

- Mental health services for people living in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark

- Substance misuse services for residents of Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich and Wandsworth

- Specialist services for young people in Kent and Medway who require hospital admission for serious mental illness and outpatient treatment for adults with ADHD

Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services

- A range of mental health services internationally, in Europe and the Middle-East

- The largest mental health research and development portfolio in the country

- An extensive range of education, training and learning opportunities

- Including the Recovery College and Mental Health Simulation Centre

- They host the most comprehensive mental health NHS library in London

- They opened the Bethlem Gallery and Bethlem Museum. The building secures the unique collections for future generations and enables the public to see more of the incredible artwork both from the historic collection and from current artists involved with their services today.

Placements are available to nursing students.


We also work in partnership with the following NHS Trusts:

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is one of the largest trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.

CNWL provide a wide range of services to treat people with a variety of health needs. In broad terms, these include common physical health problems, long-term conditions, mental health, learning disabilities, eating disorders, addictions and sexual health. They provide support for people through every stage of life.

The majority of services are provided in the community, which means treating people in their homes or from clinics close to home. Where community care is not possible CNWL offer a number of facilities to treat people in hospital or residential environments and also provide healthcare in prisons in London and the surrounding areas.

CNWL are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. A number of their services are also available to people nationally.

Placements are available to both nursing and midwifery students.

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) provides community health services to around a million people across London and Hertfordshire.

They support patients at every stage of their lives; providing health visiting for new-born babies through to community nursing, stroke rehabilitation and palliative care for people towards the end of their lives.

They also help to ease the pressure on Accident and Emergency departments by offering walk-in and urgent care centres to treat people with minor injuries.

Placements are available to both nursing and midwifery students.

Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust care for nearly one million people locally, regionally nationally and internationally, offering a range of community based services, including their award winning sexual health and HIV clinics across London.

Specialist services for patients from London, the South East and beyond include; paediatric and neonatal surgery in the new Chelsea Children’s Hospital, the most extensive HIV and sexual health service in Europe, high risk maternity care, the regional burns unit for London, bariatric (weight loss) surgery, and many more.

General services for the local community including a busy A&E department, a maternity unit and a full range of surgical and medical services for both inpatients and outpatients. Community services include dermatology, gynaecology and musculoskeletal (MSK) services provided closer to where patients live.

Resources available to students at the hospital include centres for professional learning and clinical practice, as well as a mentoring network and an advanced Simulation Centre.

Placements are available to both nursing and midwifery students.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust 

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK and one of the largest centres for heart transplantation in the world.

There are 63 different clinical specialities; the UK's widest range of specialist health services for children on one site. More than half of patients come from outside of London. 

GOSH is the largest paediatric centre in the UK for:

  • paediatric intensive care
  • cardiac surgery - we are one of the largest heart transplant centres for children in the world
  • neurosurgery - we carry out about 60 per cent of all UK operations for children with epilepsy
  • paediatric cancer services including bone marrow transplants – with University College London Hospitals (UCLH), we are one of the largest centres in Europe for children with cancer
  • nephrology and renal transplants
  • children treated from overseas in our International and Private Patient (IPP) wing

Placements are available to children's nursing students. 

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is one of the UK’s first academic health science centres. 

They are an NHS trust of 10,000 people, providing care for around one million people every year, in their five hospitals and a growing number of community services in north west London.  

The Trust offers placements to pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in a variety of settings and the Faculty is also a preferred provider of midwifery education for Imperial, with placements at St Mary’s and Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea hospitals.

Placements are available for both nursing and midwifery students.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust provides a comprehensive experience for nurses and midwives from the Faculty and other higher education institutions who are undertaking a three year degree programme or an 18 month Postgraduate programme. 

For King's students the main centre for training is Lewisham, where a full range of acute, community and health visiting nursing services are run, as well as the Lewisham Birth Centre and full  maternity services.

The trust has an education team dedicated to supporting students and mentors. The education team provides the support to prepare qualifying students for employment and their personal development through an accredited preceptorship programme. They offer exciting opportunities for inter professional learning, including training in the Simulation Centre.

Placements are available for both nursing and midwifery students.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK and among the largest in Europe. The trust works from two sites, Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, West London and Harefield Hospital near Uxbridge.

The trust carries out some of the most complicated surgery, and offers some of the most sophisticated treatment in the world. They treat patients from all over the UK and around the globe.

The hospitals' foetal cardiologists can perform scans at just 12 weeks, when a baby’s heart valve is just over a millimetre in size, and the clinical teams regularly treat patients well into their 90s.

Over the years their experts have been responsible for several major medical breakthroughs - performing the first successful heart and lung transplant in Britain, implanting the first coronary stent, founding the largest centre for cystic fibrosis in the UK and pioneering intricate heart surgery for newborn infants.

Placements are available for both nursing and midwifery students.

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust 

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust serve over one million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and employ more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to about 20,000 people from south west London and beyond at any given moment. 

They have a long history of innovation that has helped to redefine the mental health landscape in the UK, with more than 100 clinical teams across the trust, working to make sure that high quality patient centred care is the key priority.The emphasis of their services is on recovery which means helping people to get on with their lives and to focus on the things that are important to them.

Their trust headquarters are in the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, with major inpatient services provided from Tolworth hospital in Kingston, and Queen Mary's hospital in Roehampton.

They also operate in many other community locations in London and the south east. They provide community and outpatient services in each of the boroughs they serve and provide many national services such as those for people with eating disorders and OCD as well as national deaf services.

Their staff are among some of the most advanced and experienced practitioners in their fields and the trust has had a positive impact through their mental health services, for both patients and the wider community. 

Their clinical expertise has led them to develop and contribute to ground-breaking national policies. From community outreach to informing government policy, the trust work with patients and communities to provide the best in mental health care.

As a teaching trust, they also provide education, training and research in partnership with a number of universities, including: 

St George's University of London, Kingston University, London South Bank University, King's College London, University of Surrey, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, and Brunel University. 

Placements are available for nursing students.

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest health care provider in South West London, with over 8,500 members of staff. It provides acute and community care for a local population of 1.3 million people. The main site is St George’s Hospital in Tooting, which has over 1,000 beds and provides medical, surgical, cardiac, neurological, cancer, paediatric, maternity and accident and emergency care. A large number of its specialist services also cover populations in Surrey and Sussex. It is a designated heart attack centre, hyperacute stroke unit and major trauma centre.

St George’s shares the site with St George’s University, and King’s students have access to the on site academic facilities.

Placements are available for both nursing and midwifery students.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides first-class acute and specialist services in five hospitals in central London. These include:

  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing,  University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, the Institute of Sport and Exercise Health and Westmoreland Street)
  • Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Eastman Dental Hospital

Their mission is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education and world-class research. 

In partnership with University College London, (UCL) they are one of the country’s five comprehensive biomedical research centres, and are a member of UCL Partners, which brings together some of the UK's world-renowned medical research centres and hospitals.

Students are given the opportunity to learn and develop in varied clinical environments across all UCLH sites on both inpatient and outpatient areas. There are varied extra resources for students, from mentors, sign-off mentors, buddies and a practice education team who aim to enable all students to be the best they can be in order to deliver high quality care at the point of registration.

Placements are available for both nursing and midwifery students.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT) is one of the largest and most diverse providers of NHS mental health and community services in the UK. 

They offer care, treatment and support for a range of conditions or illnesses affecting people’s psychological wellbeing. In some boroughs, they also provide services to improve general physical wellbeing  and to prevent unnecessary stays in hospital.

In some cases, they deliver services for people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act 1983 – either by being detained in hospital or through being on a community treatment or guardianship order.

The trust provides both mental health inpatient care, and treatment in the community in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

They also provide a child and adolescent mental health service for the London Borough of Brent.

In Ealing, the trust also provides an intermediate care service, called Home ward, and a healthy lifestyles programme called One You Ealing.

As well as community and inpatient mental health services, the trust are a leading national provider of forensic (secure) and specialist mental healthcare.

Specialist services include: the Cassel, the Gender Identity Clinic, West London Forensic Services and Broadmoor Hospital.

Placements are available for nursing students.

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