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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 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and champions, and BAME, LGBTQ+, Dis/Ability networks in NHS settings here (PDF, 816.3KB).

The South Yorkshire ICB Health and Wellbeing Hub

The South Yorkshire ICB Health and Wellbeing Hub is provided by the ICB's mental health specialist partner Vivup and provides confidential fast track emotional and psychological support for healthcare workers.

Covid-19 Advice

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.

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: Health and Care Professions Council (link to external website)

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.   

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

A significant number of our placement providers expect their staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and these placements require 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.

Book your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination

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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