Induction is 5 days per week for the first 2 weeks.
Modules will run over 3 days per week Wednesdays, Thursday’s and Friday’s in year one and sessions can be between 9am-9pm. Mondays and Tuesdays are for guided study with the expectation that you are required to attend on occasion for additional activities. The professional nature of the course means that you must attend for all module sessions and any additional sessions that are timetabled.
Holidays are planned regularly throughout the course. Some will not match normal school holidays so if you have family commitments you need to consider what arrangements they may need to have in place. Holiday requests outside of the planned allocated holidays will not be approved.
When in placement you will be working 37.5 hours per week across varying shift patterns/weekends/bank holidays. You will usually go into placement around 6 weeks following commencement of the course. You will spend 50% of the overall course in practice.
Placements will be exciting and diverse, depending on the field of nursing and might be in the community, hospitals, diagnostic services, nursing homes, prisons or with social services.
You will be expected to be punctual for placements and professionally presented. You will be supported by a mentor and guided in being involved in direct patient care. You are supported by a practice team which are made up of practice colleagues and nurse academics. You will complete a practice assessment document to guide the practical activities whilst on placement.
You will undertake your placement within one of the five following NHS Trusts:
Alternatively some placements may take place in private health establishments within the above geographical areas.