We have high quality hospitals and community placements within a short distance of the University. Currently, the majority of hospital placements are within a short distance of the University, often less than five miles. Community placements and some hospital placements are further afield but these are mostly within 10 miles of the University, with a small number of placements between 11-17 miles.
In the first year of your chosen course, you will gain invaluable exposure to a number of fields of practice settings, such as Adult, Mental Health and Child & Public Health 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
Your experience will include medical and surgical nursing, rehabilitation of adults and working with older adults. You will develop understanding of adult mental health and care for adults with a learning disability. You'll learn about care provided during pregnancy and for babies, children and young people. Practice experience will include some simulated learning, but mainly taken in a variety of placements from one or more of the following placement partners. More information 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: