Nursing Placements

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key requirement of the course. 

Throughout the course, you will spend 50% of your learning time in clinical practice learning what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team. 

We have excellent working relationships with our local NHS, voluntary and private sector practice partners throughout Essex, Cambridge and Peterborough, where you will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings.

Clinical practice placements provide you with the opportunity to learn in settings including the home, hospitals and the community, in public and private sectors, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge. Placements are approximately eight to nine weeks and you will also undertake additional four-week placements at the end of year one and two, which will enable you to explore other areas, or travel overseas in year two.


During clinical placements, you will always be supervised by qualified health professionals, who will support and guide you through the use of supervision, teaching and coaching skills.  You will also be allocated a mentor, who is a qualified nurse with a mentorship qualification, whose role is to support you in practice-based learning and to assess your knowledge and skills against required competencies.


You will be required to follow shift patterns whilst in placement equivalent to a 37.5 hour week. Ensuring you experience the full range of clinical experiences means that you can expect to work a variety of hours, from the traditional working week of Monday to Friday 9 to 5, to morning shifts which start between 7am and 8am in the morning, shifts which can finish as late as 9.30pm, night shifts and weekends.

Although annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable, it normally includes time off over Christmas and New Year.

Placement Location

Adult Nursing
Child Nursing
Mental Health Nursing