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Nursing and social work (learning disability)

Nursing and social work (learning disability)

Welcome to the Sheffield Hallam University Applied Nursing (Learning Disability) and Social Work practice placement site for students and educators.

Welcome to the Sheffield Hallam University Applied Nursing (Learning Disability) and Social Work practice placement site for students and educators.

This site is a guide to help you make the most of practice placements. The guidelines on the site are resources for students, practice educators, supervisors/assessors, lecturers and link lecturers. Practice placements are an important part of nurse/social work education and make up 50% of learning. This course leads to a honours award and two professional qualifications one in Learning Disability Nursing and one in Social Work. It fulfils the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Social Work England.

The successful completion of the course will yield the necessary adaptability, flexibility, and self-reliance that will make the graduate practitioner fit for employment and able to deliver effective nursing and social work into future decades.

Service user and carer input and teaching are fundamental to the course, allowing students to gain first-hand experience of working with service users in a setting within which the service users are not merely recipients of care.

Over the three years of the programme 50% of the cumulative time will be spent in the practice setting.  

The assessment of practice aims to ensure that the student has met the requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Social Work England.

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

Support for Students on Placement - BAME Networks and Freedom to Speak Up Contacts in the NHS

Please find information about how to contact NHS Trust BAME Network leads and Freedom to Speak Up champions in NHS settings here (PDF, 419.7KB).

Covid-19 - UK Government, NHS, Health Education England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

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: Nursing and Midwifery Council and Social Work England (links to external websites)

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.  This includes adhering to your placement provider's guidance on Covid testing, contact tracing and reporting, in addition to meticulous hand hygiene and use of PPE.   Please be mindful of how your actions outside placement could put yourself, your colleagues and service users at risk - use face coverings, maintain social distance and reduce contacts outside your household in accordance with current government advice (COVID-19:infection prevention and control (IPC).

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

The Government has announced there will be a statutory requirement for those individuals providing CQC-regulated activity in all health care settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The legislation will require COVID-19 vaccinations to be mandatory for all health and social care workers. In accordance with the Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) for Healthcare Workers (December 2021) this includes any individual entering areas which are utilised for the provision of a CQC-related activity which may result in incidental face to face contact with patients or service users. This will include students that have face to face contact with patients.

The indicative time scales require individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 1 April 2022. In order to meet this deadline, individuals will need to have had their first dose of the COVID 19 vaccination by 3 February 2022. This will allow a sufficient interval in order to receive their second dose by 1 April 2022. These timescales are subject to change and are dependent on the parliamentary approval process.

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. 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.   This includes adhering to your placement provider's guidance on Covid testing, contact tracing and reporting, in addition to meticulous hand hygiene and use of PPE.   Please be mindful of how your actions outside placement could put yourself, your colleagues and service users at risk - use face coverings, maintain social distance and reduce contacts outside your household in accordance with current government advice (COVID-19:infection prevention and control (IPC).

Contacting the Learning Disability (Nursing) and Social Work Team

If you need to contact a member of the Learning Disability (Nursing) and Social Work Team, you can find email and telephone contact details here.

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