Preparation (Students Must Read)

Preparation (Students Must Read)

In preparing for placement learning, students must read all the information on this page

Practical work experience is at the heart of all SHU courses and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces.  We work in partnership with NHS Trusts and private and independent sector providers to provide the required experience for our students.

Your placement attendance, learning and practice will be an assessed part of your course. Attendance on mandatory placements is compulsory.

On placement, you work with experts, professionals and service users gaining experience, and developing your knowledge and skills for people with a wide range of health and social care needs.  Your placements will cover working with people with physical and mental health issues across the whole life span.

 You will develop your confidence in using your core skills in traditional and emerging areas of practice; enhancing your employability on completion of the course. During your time on placement, your experience will reflect the working times of the team you work with on placement.  This may involve shift work including weekends, evenings and nights.  It may be necessary to travel to or live near the placements.

This page provides students and clinical partners with key information needed to prepare for and get the most out of practical work experience. Follow the link below to find shared information to help any student approach preparation for placement from a learning perspective. Within the profession specific pages, you will find more clinically focused support and guidance for your area.

Professional Requirements

Preparation for Practice Learning - Mandatory Requirements

You must complete the mandatory requirements successfully before commencing placement. 

Placement Planning Life Cycle

Student Guidance

Important - you must familiarise yourself with the following policies and guidance, held in the Policy Library/Student Guidance Policies section of this website (Link to Sheffield Hallam University webpage).

  • Reporting Incidents, Accidents or Concerns
  • Health and Safety
  • Data Protection
  • Inclusivity
  • Staying Safe 
  • Working Hours
  • Travel
  • Uniform

Induction to your Allocated Placement

As soon as you have received confirmation of your allocated placement, you must check communications including emails from your placement provider or the university's Professional Placement Team informing you of the date, time and location of your placement induction event. 

Students must attend the placement provider's induction event in order to continue on their allocated placement.  If you are unable to attend for any reason you must inform your placement provider and the university's Professional Placement Team using your university email address before the scheduled event.

Assessment of Practice Documentation and Placement Attendance Record

As a student it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with your assessment of practice documentation and practice learning outcomes for the placements you attend.  This will help you to plan for and document your placement learning opportunities and support your practise supervisors and educators to provide you with feedback using the assessment of practice documentation appropriately.

You must document all hours you attend on your placement in the Placement Attendance Record and have these verified by your practice supervisor or other registered professional you work with on your shifts.


You must familiarise yourself with PARE and ensure that you can align your allocated placements to your PARE profile.  PARE provides useful information about your placement to help you to prepare for your placement learning experience.

PARE provides you with a placement learning evaluation survey (NETS) which you must submit when you complete your placement learning experience.  Further information is provided on the Evaluation page on this website.

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Preparation for clinical practice learning experiences