Message from the Clinical Placement Manager

The degree you are undertaking is primarily practice based, therefore practice is essential. We provide a range of practical experiences which will allow you to embed the theory you have learnt at University into your practice learning environment. Throughout your degree you will be expected to complete 2400 hours in practice.

Barbara Edward, Clinical Placement and Business Manager


We are committed to improving the experience of our students and mentors. We provide a variety of practice experiences across a number of settings covering a large geographical area.

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What is the role of the mentor?

A mentor is a qualified professional (Nurse, Midwife etc) who has a mentoring qualification (English National Board 998/7, Mentor Preparation module). Your mentor is there to help you learn whilst on your placement. Learning is your responsibility; your mentor will facilitate.

Elements of the role

  • Teaching and support of learning
  • Assessment and giving feedback to students
  • Developing effective learning environments and student learning support systems
  • Reflective practice and personal development
  • Contribution to the design and planning of learning activities

Team Mentoring

Whilst on placement students are mentored using a team approach. Each student has a mentor who is responsible for the student's placement experience, and may have an associate mentor.

What is an Associate Mentor?

The associate mentor is a qualified practitioner (nurse / midwife / AHP / ODP) who has not attended any specific mentor preparation module at a university (ENB 998 / Mentor Preparation).

The role of Associate Mentor

  • To assist the qualified mentor to support a student within the team
  • The associate mentor will liaise with the mentor regarding the student's progress and needs
  • An associate mentor will work closely with a student, guide and counsel, demonstrate skills, assess competence, encourage reflection, and act as a role model, particularly when the mentor is not on duty
  • The associate mentor can sign the portfolio to say a student has achieved learning outcomes
  • The associate member cannot sign the summative assessment


We have multiple resources available to support you with your training:

A Guide to Completing the Clinical Grading Tool

This guide will help you understand the Clinical Grading Tool which is completed at the end of each placement to reflect overall performance.

A Guide to Completing Snapshot Assessment

Snapshot assessment is completed once each year of the programme and is based upon a student's performance at that point in time.

Guidance on Professional Conduct for Nursing

This guidance sets out the personal and professional conduct expected of you as a nursing student in order for you to be fit to practice.