Allocation

Student Placement Allocation Charter

Students will be allocated to an audited placement within the placement circuit referred to at recruitment and in induction. Placement mentors will have completed an annual mentor update and triennial review as required by the NMC, and will have completed all mandatory training in order to ensure that their assessment of the student is valid. The placement allocation team will keep students updated via messages on blackboard regarding placement allocations. Once your placement has been made visible on blackboard you should contact the placement area that you have been allocated to and introduce yourself to them and request your off duty. 

Please contact your placement area at least 5 days before your placement is due to commence, before contacting the placement area please view the area's profile which can be accessed via www.healthcareplacements.co.uk. Placement information will not be made visible to students until placement areas have confirmed with the placement allocation 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. Students may ask for mitigating circumstances (MC's) to be considered in relation to a specific placement allocation. Placement MC forms are normally made available by the placement team via blackboard when they need to be completed by students. Placement staff have the right to expect courtesy and respect at all times. (PDF version)

Details of the process for allocating you a placement can be found below. This list of areas is 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 to the list and existing areas may be removed.

Details of the process for allocating you a placement can be found below. This list of areas is 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 to the list and existing areas may be removed.

Social work Placement Allocation Process - Timeline

The placement allocation process involves many different people, both inside and outside of the University. The table below illustrates the full process, including who is responsible for what. All relevant forms and documents are also available here.

Statutory and non-statutory work experiences can be different in various sectors where Social Work is practised. The below document provides a brief description of the differences between task experiences during placement learning experiences.

Social work in statutory and non-statutory settings

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.

Placement Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) Review Procedure

Placement Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) form

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