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Placement Team

Placements are a key part of our programmes. That's why we have a special team to work with our practice partners and support our students while they are on placement.

The Faculty of Health Sciences placement team work with our practice partners to support students' practice-based learning. We act as a link between the Faculty of Health Sciences and our placement providers. Placements are in a range of contemporary healthcare  and social work settings and include acute, community, public health and long-term care environments. 

We allocate students' practice placements and provide administrative and academic support to departments for programmes that involve practice experiences. The placement team also produce guidance to support students and practice staff for practice placement related issues which can be found in the following sections.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for healthcare students

Given the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on healthcare placements, we want to support the safety and ongoing learning in practice placement environments of all our healthcare students. Your safety – and that of your patients – is the Faculty’s priority.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a fast-moving situation and as with any new strain of virus, the guidance for healthcare workers and health and social care services is being developed and updated frequently. All healthcare students should familiarise themselves with their local policies on emergency planning, infection prevention and control and other relevant guidance, in addition to any national guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and the relevant UK Public Health agencies [see below for links].

We understand that the evolving situation may cause worry and anxiety about your practice, and concern about how it may affect your learning on your programme. If you have any immediate concerns about how the COVID-19 outbreak may impact your learning that are not addressed in the FAQs below, please contact your academic support tutor (AST) or programme/year lead.

Where can I get the latest information on the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms?

The University of Hull has dedicated web pages that offer advice and guidance to staff and students. This is updated regularly in response to any developments in the outbreak and/or changes in guidance. Please monitor your University email regularly for updates.

Department of Health and Social Care & Public Health England (PHE): Coronavirus: latest information and advice. This page includes the current situation in the UK and actions taken in the UK and abroad.

Public Health England are also regularly updating their advice here: Novel coronavirus: what you need to know.

Frequently asked questions:

What should I do if I think I have contracted coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus outside of the clinical environment?

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

NHS guidance is to not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Stay at home guidance

Many of you will have seen the latest Government information that states people with a new continuous cough or fever are to self-isolate for 7 days, with the aim of reducing the number of virus cases at one time. If you have a household member who has one or both of these symptoms you (and everyone in the household) needs to self-isolate for 14 days. You can read the Government’s Stay at home guidance here.

In this instance you should:

  • follow the usual sickness reporting mechanisms for healthcare students.
  • stay at home – do not go to placement or University
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it's okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

There is government guidance on the actions taken by healthcare workers who come into contact with patients with COVID-19. Specifically, this guidance states that if you come into contact with a COVID-19 patient while not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), you can remain at work. You should:

  • not attend work if you develop symptoms while at home (off-duty), and notify  the placement and University (via the student hub) immediately
  • self-isolate and immediately inform your placement area and University if symptoms develop whilst at work
  • refer to the stay at home guidance 

Travel restrictions

The University has suspended University-related overseas travel. 

If you are returning to the UK from personal travel, from any country, please do NOT return to the campus or go into practice, even if you have no symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), until it has been 7 days since you returned to the UK. 

If you develop symptoms at any point during this period, then you will need to self-isolate for 7 days from the point of symptom onset.

What happens if I miss theory and/or practice hours due to self-isolation or illness?

If you need to self-isolate and take time away from your studies or placement, it is important that you report this to the student hub via the online Student Information Desk (SID) or on 01482 463342. Please also copy in the University Action Line at actionline@hull.ac.uk . You will then be offered individual support and advice around occupational health, and academic and practice learning support, as necessary. If you are tested for or test positive for the virus, please ensure that you are following healthcare advice (including the need to self-isolate) and contact the student hub and your AST immediately.

In both instances, individualised support to help you achieve programme requirements will be offered.

Reporting absence from placement procedure

If you need to report as absent whilst on placement, please notify your placement area in advance of their shift starting. You must also notify the Faculty Student Hub via SID or alternatively via telephone on 01482 463342 as soon as possible (before 12.00 noon on the first day of absence).

What if I miss too many practice hours due to self-isolation? Will the NMC still allow us to register if we do not meet the required practice hours?

We are aware that one of the issues that will cause greatest anxiety, particularly among final year students, is how the COVID-19 outbreak may impact on your ability to undertake the required practice hours. As the number of required hours is a legal requirement for registration, it is highly unlikely the NMC or HCPC will change their rules on this. However, please be reassured that the Faculty will work with you to help you achieve the necessary practice hours. If you find yourself with a practice hours deficit, your AST will support you on an individual basis to achieve the requirements. 

What if I am in a vulnerable group? Do I continue on placement?

There will also be some of you who are pregnant or have underlying health conditions, and in whom additional precautions are required. Based on the latest government guidance  and advice from Occupational Health, if you fall into one of these vulnerable groups, you should leave placement immediately. You must then inform the University (as outlined in the frequently asked questions), so that the programme team are aware and can put in place the necessary support.

Where else can I go for help and advice? 

The University has set up a dedicated Action Line. This is open Monday to Thursday 8.45am- 5.30pm, and 8.45am- 4.30pm on a Friday. Telephone: 01482 464020; email: actionline@hull.ac.uk

 

Adapted from a document produced by the Department of Health Sciences, University of York – many thanks to them for providing us with permission to use and amend it. Last update 17/03/20

 

Preparation for Student Supervision and Assessment

Transistion to SSSA

The NMC has been undertaking a process of reviewing and developing new standards for all NMC approved education programmes including: 

  • Pre- registration nursing
  • Pre – registration midwifery
  • Nursing Associates
  • Non - medical prescribing

In addition, the NMC (2008) Standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLIP) are being replaced with NMC (2018) Standards for Students Supervision and Assessment (SSSA). These are the standards that replace current models of placement supervision and assessment using mentors and practice teachers with new roles including:

  • Practice Supervisor
  • Practice Assessor
  • Academic Assessor (See NMC website for more information). 

To support the preparation of existing mentors to these new standards the Midlands, Yorkshire, East of England and  North East of England (MYNEE) Practice Learning Group have developed the following online Transition workbook. Details where mentors need to send confirmation of completion are contained at the end of the workbook.

  • MYEPLG Workbook for Transition

To support the preparation of Practice Supervisors to these new standards the Midlands, Yorkshire, East of England and North East of England (MYNEE) Practice Learning Group have developed the following online Preparation for Practice Supervisor workbook. Details where staff need to send confirmation of completion are contained at the end of the workbook

  • MYEPLG Workbook for Practice Supervisor Preparation

Registering and maintaining a mentor registration and information and guidance for mentors to support students on placement.

If you have any questions or queries about the documents please contact your Placement Learning Facilitator / Clinical Skills Tutor, Link Lecturer or fhs-placements@hull.ac.uk.

Mentor updates - sessions and workshops

North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing Degree and Nursing Associate Updates

How to maintain your mentor registration

Practice Assessment Documents

Nursing (adult, child, learning disability and mental health)

From September 2020 we will be adopting the Pan Midlands Yorkshire and East Practice Assessment Document. Please find below samples of each of the documents for preparation and training purposes:

ePad

Please find below links to pdf versions of the current ePAD:

Midwifery

Practice Assessment Documents (PAD)

Practice module: 1345PG1PG2PG3S1S2S3

Nursing Associate

Practice documentation

Operating Department Practice

Paramedic Science

For PebblePad technical support and help

Students - please use the University of Hull ICT Service Desk. Visit support.hull.ac.uk where you can access key service information and advice online 24/7, as well as log and manage your requests. 

Practice staffplease contact the University of Hull ICT support team using the email address pebblepad@hull.ac.uk for any IT / Technical issues with Pebblepad. This video explains how to 'get started' with PebblePad. 

This document is a quick start guide on accessing PebblePad and assessing students work.

Raising practice concerns

Students spend 50% of their programme in practice so it is important that this experience meets the standards required by both professional and funding bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health Education England (working across Yorkshire and Humber).

Audit Process

Ensuring the quality of the practice experience is a joint responsibility between the practice provider, the student and the University. One way this is achieved is through the audit process where practice and a university link lecturer come together regularly to review the learning experience, look at examples of good practice and consider any actions for future development.

Student Placement Evaluation

Another important way practice providers, the student and the University develop the quality of practice is through student evaluation. Healthcare students are expected to complete a placement evaluation after each practice placement.

Find out more about the Audit and evaluation processes.

How to complete a placement evaluation in PARE

Reporting concerns about a placement

Healthcare professionals of the future need to ensure that they meet the requirements of both the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as caring and responsible professionals who will have the privilege of caring for vulnerable patients and clients. This includes identifying issues of concern and reporting these to the University. To achieve this, we have very robust systems which enable students and health and social care professionals to identify issues of concern which include: witnessing unsafe clinical practice, concerns about the quality of the placement learning environment and bullying.

Below are links to the processes used in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Contacts

Placement team

For any general enquiries about the Placement Team please contact us.

Our staff contact details
Contact details for the Placement Learning Unit
Name Job title  TelephoneEmail 
Tony Chambers Mobility and Placement Co-ordinator +44 (0)1482 464524 Anthony.Chambers@hull.ac.uk
Matt Hurwood Paramedic Placement Co-ordinator +44 (0)1482 463358  M.Hurwood@hull.ac.uk
Lois Smith Sport, Health and Exercise Science Placement Co-ordinator +44 (0)1482 463184 Lois.Smith@hull.ac.uk
Fran Burbidge Psychology Placement Co-ordinator +44 (0)1482 466953 F.Burbidge@hull.ac.uk
Carol Robinson International, Recruitment and Placement Manager +44 (0)1482 463348 C.I.Robinson@hull.ac.uk
Sue Waite Placement Administrator +44 (0)1482 463428 S.Waite@hull.ac.uk
Lynn Reeves-Wray Placement Administrator +44 (0)1482 463356 l.reeves-wray@hull.ac.uk
Dave Smith Placement Administrator +44 (0)1482 464966 Dave.Smith@hull.ac.uk

Practice learning support team

The practice learning support team are health care professionals based across the North and South Banks of the Humber.  
Members of the team have different titles - PLF (Practice Learning Facilitator), CST (Clincial Support Tutor) and PLE (Practice Learning Educator) depending on the organisation they support - but ultimately have the same role.

The team leads on the development and maintenance of quality placements for the full range of students undertaking educational training within the local health care community, ensuring that sufficient capacity is available at all times.

Practice learning support team contact list

Student Hub (University of Hull)

Tel: +44 (0)1482 463342