In the first year of the programme you will gain invaluable practical experience by completing three placements in each of the fields of nursing practice; Adult, Mental Health and Child & Public Health nursing.
On completion of the first year, you express a preference for the field of nursing practice you would like to study in Years 2 and 3. The fields of nursing practice offered are: Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Child Nursing. There are 3 field specific clinical placements in hospital and community settings in your second year.
In the final year there are field-specific clinical placements in hospital and community settings and at the end of the course there is a ‘Leadership in nursing’ placement, followed by a 4 week ‘sign off’ placement. The ‘sign off’ period is when you work with a ‘sign off’ mentor who will assess your proficiency and will ‘sign off’ the completion of the practice part of your programme, confirming that you have achieved the standards of competence required for entry to the NMC register.
Adult field of practice
You will have placements in hospital settings, with the opportunity to work in medicine, surgery, accident and emergency, critical care, rehabilitation and older adults. In the community you will work in hospices, intermediate care and with district nurses and other specialist healthcare professionals. More information on placement areas can be found on the following websites:
Mental Health field of practice
You will have the opportunity to work with children and adolescents through to older adults with mental health problems. You will work in community, residential and hospital settings, gaining a wide range of clinical skills. More information can be found on the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust website.
Child field of practice
Your placements will focus on the child and their family; you will work in local nurseries, communities and hospitals, as well as the internationally renowned Diana, Princess of Wales, Children's Hospital. More information can be found on the following websites: