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Student Placement Allocation Charter

Students will be allocated to an audited placement within the placement circuit referred to at recruitment and in induction. Placement supervisors will have completed an annual briefing and will have completed all mandatory training in order to ensure that their assessment of the student is valid.

The placement areas are subject to change across the lifetime of the course, as providers may change their placement offer for reasons beyond the university's control. New areas may be added and existing areas may be removed.

Nursing Placement Allocation Process

Placement Allocation Cycle  (PDF, 233.2KB)- this infographic shows how placements are allocated to students and the role of students in helping this process to work smoothly.

College Placement Allocation Process (PDF, 100.8KB) - this flowchart outlines the stages of the allocation process that is followed within the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional course students.

Social Work Placement Allocation Process

Below you will find examples of the documents you will be asked to complete when your social work placement learning experiences are being planned:

Notification to students

The Professional Placements Team will keep students updated via PEMS regarding placement allocations.

Placement information will not be made visible to students until placement areas have confirmed with the Professional Placements Team that they are able to accommodate their allotted students. This is usually 3 weeks before the commencement of placement.

Sometimes, in exceptional circumstances, placement information may be delayed; this is because of changes to placement capacity across the placement circuit. In such situations students may not be notified where they have been allocated to until shortly before they are due out on placement.

Once your placement has been notified to you on PEMS, you should contact the placement area you have been allocated to and introduce yourself to them and discuss your attendance pattern on the placement. Please contact your placement area at least 5 days before your placement is due to commence.

You can link to PEMS here using your SHU single sign on login.

Placement information - how students can find out more about their allocated placement

Nursing AND Social Work placements

General information about the placement can be found on the Placement Providers section of this website

PARE - nursing placements in Yorkshire and the Humber

Before contacting a placement area in Yorkshire and the Humber Region, please view the area's profile which can be accessed via your PARE login on   

Placement Education Management System (PEMS) - nursing placements outside Yorkshire and the Humber

Before contacting a placement area outside Yorkshire and the Humber Region, please view the area's profile which can be accessed via your PEMS login.

Providers - If you are using PEMS to share information about placement learning, please ensure that you have read and adhere to GDPR as set out in the PEMS Privacy Notice (PDF, 210.3KB).

You can link to PEMS here. Please use your PEMS login.

Statutory and non-statutory Social Work 

Statutory and non-statutory work experiences can be different in various sectors where Social Work is practised. The document below provides a brief description of the differences the student may experience while on placement .

Supervision and Assessment on Placement - Social Work

Students will be supervised and assessed during their placement learning experiences by Practice Educators and Work Based Supervisors. Practice Educators are experienced Registered Social Workers who have completed an appropriate course of preparation for the supervision and assessment of students of social work followed by a development period under the guidance of a mentor, as required by the social work profession.

The university provides annual updates for Practice Educators to support their continuing professional development in the role.

Personal circumstances and placement allocation

If you feel you have mitigating circumstances that may influence your ability to attend placements these need to be considered during the placement allocation process. Below you will find an allocation review procedure and an accompanying form to complete if you would like your circumstances to be considered during the allocation process. You will also find a link to information for returning students if your ability to attend placement has changed.


Social Work

  • Placement Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) Review Procedure
  • Placement Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) Form