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Practice placements

Practice placements are a key part of all health and social care professional programmes.  Practice learning focuses on the services needed by patients, putting the service user/patient at the centre of the student's learning experience.

Health Education England contracts with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) National Standard Contract (please click link at the bottom of the page) and, through the Learning and Development Agreement with placement providers, ensure the quality of learning opportunities provided for students.  Click here for a list of education providers.

1st April 2013 brought the nationwide introduction of a placement payment to organisations providing practice placements for nursing and other pre-registration students commissioned by the NHS.

The purpose of the training tariff is to support the provision of high quality training placements to secure the future supply of well trained staff to the NHS.  For more information click here.

Improving Placement Infrastructure

Practice Learning Facilitator (PLF) roles are in place across the region.  Working across disciplines and organisations, they maintain and generate placement opportunities, develop new models of placement learning and support quality assurance processes.  Email contactus.yh@hee.nhs.uk for further information.

Improving Placement Information

The Practice Placement Quality Assurance (PPQA) website has been developed to support the quality assurance and capacity of practice placements across Yorkshire and the Humber. The functionality available includes placement profiles and audits, a mentor/practice educator register as well as student evaluations. Students can access information about their future placements and can complete an online evaluation via computer or mobile device. The evaluations are immediately accessible online by all relevant staff in the service provider organisation (placement staff, service managers, practice learning facilitators etc.) and by the education provider staff (link lecturers, course leaders, personal tutors). All information can be used to assist with contract management including professional, regulatory and statutory (PRSB) activities.

For more information please email  contactus.yh@hee.nhs.uk

Guidance for Supporting Students on Placement

Across the NHS Yorkshire and Humber region practice learning experiences are provided in a wide range of NHS and other organisations including NHS Trusts, GP Practices, Social Services, voluntary and independent sector settings.  This document offers guidance for all organisations providing practice learning experience for students on healthcare programmes commissioned by NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.  See the 'Supporting students' document at the bottom of the page.

Supporting student access to placement opportunities

In order to access the range of experiences required to meet learning needs, students often move between placements to different organisations.  This creates a challenge in ensuring occupational health requirements are fulfilled and to be assured of this Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber is committed to a regional quality standard approach that meets Department of Health best practice guidance.  Click here to access the occupational health guidance.

Support for Mentors/Supervisors/Educators

We are committed to increasing funded access to multi-disciplinary mentor/supervisor/educator training.  Supporting Learning in Practice Programmes (SLiP) are now available across the region.  For further information please click here.

A two day Preceptorship in Practice (PiP) course administered by Simulated Patients UK is now available.  To access the course please contact i.s.wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk


Supporting Skills Development


Clinical Simulation Centre

We have a service level agreement with the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the delivery of simulated training programmes.  For more information about the centre and the range of training programmes available please visit the Montagu Simulation Centre website.

Simulated Patient Training Resource

Simulated patients are role players who effectively train healthcare professionals in communication and diagnostic skills.  Health Education England provides this subsidised training resource for the benefit of the region.

For further information please click here or contact Iain Wilkinson, Project Manager, i.s.wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk.

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