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, mentors/supervisors, 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.

Covid-19 - Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

Follow this link to Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice (DOCX, 35.5KB) in word format, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); this information is also available in PDF format here (PDF, 177KB). This information complements communications shared directly with students on course BlackBoard sites.

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).

Updated guidance from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - October 2020

DHSC has updated its List of essential workers and those prioritised for testing (England only). This list makes it explicit that health and social care students on placement should be regarded as essential workers and be given the same priority access to Covid tests as other health and social care workers.

Updated guidance for People working in Healthcare about using the NHS Covid-19 App . Provided by the NHS - October 2020

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

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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