Nursing

Welcome to the Health and Wellbeing placement learning site for Nursing students, supervisors and assessors.

Here you will find advice, guidance and supportive resources to help you maximise your placement experience. The information here is specific to this profession. On this page you will find information that will help you make the most of placements whether you are a student, part of the University or work in a clinical setting. The menu on the left will help you navigate sections about preparation, allocation, assessment, attendance and support.

Students are advised that they must follow their placement provider's policies and guidelines at all times while on placement.

Covid 19 - Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

Please read the Health Education England Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide

If you have symptoms of covid-19 (link to external website), or suspect that you may have covid-19, YOU MUST NOT ATTEND YOUR PLACEMENT.

If you attend your placement while you have symptoms of covid-19 you will put service users/ clients/ patients and staff at risk of covid-19 infection.  Please read the requirements for safe practice and avoiding harm to service users/ clients/ patients in the professional codes of conduct and ethics for your future profession:

Visit the NHS website for information about when and how to self-isolate (link to external website).

Covid-19 Immunisation - Important advice for all students in relation to placement learning

Students encouraged to have both COVID jabs this summer - Health Education England update

Health Education England (HEE) is encouraging all health and care students and learners and those starting programmes in September, to ensure they have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless they are medically exempt.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England is leading HEE's drive to encourage student vaccinations which will protect them, their families, and those patients they may be caring for and enable them to take part in their clinical learning placements. This follows government guidance advising that those working in social care must be fully vaccinated and a number of NHS trusts are now requiring this from all patient-facing health and care staff.

For those planning placements in social care settings, there is currently a 16-week grace period which is designed to allow time for those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. The Covid-19 vaccine will then be mandatory for all care home workers in England, including students and learners on placements in those settings, from 11 November 2021.

HEE advises that should any students or learners opt not to have the vaccination without medical reasons, they will need to talk to their university about the impact this will have on their progression through their programme. For further support and guidance, including for those who are exempt and may require further information on how to continue with placements, please contact your Course Management Team.

Book your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination

A significant number of our placement providers expect their staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and these placements are now requiring all students who attend placement in their organisation also to be fully vaccinated. This includes some sectors for which full vaccination will become a legal requirement from October 2021. Any delays in ensuring that you are fully vaccinated could prevent you from commencing a placement.

Students are advised that they must follow their placement provider's policies and guidelines at all times while on placement in relation to Covid processes and reporting.

Updated guidance from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Health Education England

Updated guidance for People working in Healthcare about using the NHS Covid-19 App, provided by the NHS

The NHS has provided important guidance on using the NHS Covid-19 app. (PDF, 266.7KB)

Students are advised that they must follow their placement provider's policies and guidelines at all times while on placement.

Contacting the Nursing Link Team

If you need to contact a member of the Nursing Link Team, you can find email and telephone contact details here.

Contacting the Nursing Academic Team

If you need to contact a member of the Nursing Academic Team, including the Specialist Practice District Nursing course team, you can find email and telephone contact details here.

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