Student Placement of the Year: Hospital

Dartford and Gravesham NHS trust
Hub and spoke placement experiences

At Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, the Clinical Education Team have work hard to roll out the Hub and Spoke placement design for student placements across the Trust. This project has been vital to support student learning and to allow Student Nurses and Trainee Nursing Associates to access all the vast, rich learning experiences open to them.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Develop, belong and thrive, here

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) stands out as a deserving candidate for the Placement of the Year Hospital award due to its unwavering commitment to education, the comprehensive and inclusive learning environment it provides, and the exceptional results it has achieved in healthcare education. Prioritising quality and safety through routine inspections, and carefully curated frameworks the institution achieves a remarkable 90.68% satisfaction rate. DBTH's focus on student well-being, collaborations, and accolades solidify its position as a beacon of excellence in placement healthcare education.

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
CNS placement

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust offers a unique opportunity for second or third year student nurses to experience a six week placement with a wide variety of Clinical Nurse Specialists. They support their students through every step of the placement and offer access to first class experts in a wide variety of fields, so that students get to experience a truly unique experience across multiple areas of clinical specialisms.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
National Autism Unit

The National Autism Unit is an exceptional hospital placement for mental health, learning disability and nursing associate students. The team demonstrate exceptional dedication to the learners placed with them for practice placements and provide excellent quality of practice learning in challenging and specialist field of mental health and learning disability learning. The team have received consistently exceptional feedback from a wide variety of students placed with them over the last year, who regularly highlight how friendly and welcoming the team are, and commend the dedication and commitment shown to their learning.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Pre-registration nursing placements - Orthopaedic Surgery

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham is an outstanding hospital for student nurse placements. There is a student-friendly ethos with all staff striving to provide the best student experience. Comments from students demonstrate that staff are knowledgeable, friendly, kind and inclusive. Students have diverse learning opportunities, including a range of interesting pathway or spoke days to complement what they learn on their placement area. The practice placement team/ educators arrange interesting skills sessions and student forums that promote problem solving and student growth. A special mention goes to the Practice Placement Manager- Stephanie Mawson, who is such a positive role model.

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Student nurse: advanced practice in neurology and neurosurgical nursing

Though she be but little, she is fierce. This Shakespearean quote perfectly illustrates The Walton Centre: our physical size that belies the outreach and impact of the specialist nurses across the Trust and across a national platform. Education is the #1 strategic ambition for the Trust which the Advanced Practice Nursing placement has embraced, offering students access to a unique area of nursing, whilst also giving transferable skills to inform the students learning journey. This placement demonstrates how neuroscience affects all aspects and fields of nursing, and promotes individual ambition to influence how a student can create their own future.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cancer Clinical Trials Unit placement

Formalising placements in Clinical Trials Units is needed to improve research engagement and to raise awareness about the Research Nurse role . The Cancer Clinical Trials Unit at UCLH set up a placement for student nurses in February 2023. This initiative is widening the career opportunities for nurses and contributing to national and local strategies to recruit and retain nurses. It is also promoting Research engagement by embedding Research in practice and promoting collaborative work. Student's feedback has been positive "great learning opportunity, the best placement I had so far" "showed me a side of nursing I didn't know existed".

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Dedicated Education Hubs a new approach to practice learning for part 1 students

The Designated Education Hub (DEH) focuses on creating high-quality learning environments for 1st-year students in healthcare. Emphasizing safety and nurturing, it aims to provide a robust introduction to healthcare work, focusing on fundamental nursing care, communication skills, and collaborative care planning. The DEH encourages consistent orientation, supervision, and pastoral support, along with a linked enrichment program. Emphasising the importance of fundamental care in patient safety, collaborates with university partners to create dynamic learning environments, enhancing the image of a career in healthcare for older people. Pursuing the future workforce requirements and delivering patient-centred care through multidisciplinary teamwork.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Pre-reg prep: a pre-preceptorship program

The Practice Learning Support Unit (PLSU) at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) is passionate about ensuring students get the best possible placement experience whilst in our Trust. The pre-preceptorship program content has been developed by the preceptorship lead within PLSU with collaboration from the chief nurse, professional development unit, ward managers, in line with current clinical observations of the development focus areas for our NRNs, drawing from evidence, trends of additional support required, datix reports and from feedforward from students themselves. Our aim is to ease the transitional period from student into a confident, competent and accountable practitioner.

Velindre University NHS Trust
Implementation of a hub and spoke model at Velindre Cancer Centre

In order to ensure that student nurses attending clinical placement in a cancer centre gain a wider understanding in to the cancer patient journey and receive a worthwhile experience through high quality learning, an implementation project was undertaken to introduce a hub and spoke model. This model allows student nurses to experience a wider variety of clinical areas than that of the existing team model. An improvement model was used to structure the implementation and student experience was assessed through a series of focus groups. The project found that student nurse experience and knowledge increased.