Practice placements

Nursing students using facilities

When you study with us you'll have access to a range of high-quality professional practice placements across all clinical and community settings, in both a local and international setting.  You will spend up to 50% of your time in practice, giving you the opportunity to develop professional and transferable skills which are vital to grounding your successful career in healthcare. 

Our local placements

Adult nursing placements

These include medical, surgical, older adult, community, critical care and a final student preference placement. You will experience community placements in all three years of the course, with locations including The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), St James’s University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and smaller local hospitals. Placements are within the various wards and areas such as outpatients, high dependency, intensive care and A&E.

Child nursing placements 

These placements are within a paediatric setting, such as acute hospital-based care and community care with a placement of choice in Year 3. LTHT placements include specialist areas such as neonates, oncology, neurology and paediatric A&E as well as children’s medicine and surgery. Leeds Community Healthcare also provides placements with health visitors, practice nurses, school nurses and special schools.

Mental health nursing placements

You could also practice with mental health teams, continuing treatment and recovery units, assertive outreach, acute day services and in-patient facilities. There are a number of specialist services which include: addiction services, forensic services, prisons, eating disorder unit, gender identity services, crisis teams, self-harm teams and psychological medicine. Mental Health Nursing students will have community placements in all three years of the programme.

Midwifery placements

These are typically within The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and most midwifery placements are in the following clinical areas: antenatal ward, clinic, day units, postnatal, delivery suite and community midwives.

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Social work placements 

These are within the Leeds and Wakefield Social Work Teaching Partnership (LWSWTP). Placements include areas such as assessment and child protection, community mental health teams, children with complex needs, adult intake teams and early help assessment teams.

International placements

Practice abroad offers you the chance to expand your horizons and experience the provision of vital healthcare in different environments around the world. Within the third year of our Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing programme, you can choose to take an international elective module which also includes a placement. Recent placements have included Africa, Australia, North America, Scandinavia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Midwifery students can also pursue an international placement as part of the third year of study. You can read some of our international placement stories here.
Please note that currently, the Social work programme does not offer international placements.

Our practice partners

Our teaching and your learning benefits from a wide network of practice partners. Our major partners are:

  • Leeds City Council

  • Wakefield City Council

  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

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