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Information for students

Practice Learning Support Unit

Placement information for healthcare students

Your placements are where you can apply your theoretical learning to practice. An important part of your education, they will give you the experience to enable you to meet the necessary learning outcomes to enable registration.

How we support you during your placement

The Practice Learning Support Unit is responsible for the allocation of all practice placements for nursing, midwifery, paramedic, social work and health and social care students. We monitor all student absence and attendance in both School and placement areas. We are the first point of contact for any queries about your placement including travel claims, core skills, declarations of good health and character, professional registrations, uniforms, document production and bursary queries. It you have any queries please contact us by email plsu@ljmu.ac.uk or by calling 0151 231 4089.


Placement allocation

To find out where your placement will take place, please see the placement allocation list (you'll need a password to access this list).

View the placement allocation list


Practice guides and programme plans

Practice guides provide information to help you to make the most of your placements. They are designed to support you and answer your placement questions. With practical information such as preparing for your placement, how to make travel claims, placement policies, support and supervision, shift rotas, timesheets and much more.

Take a look at your relevant programme plan.


Report your sickness or absence

It is essential that you let both the placement and the University know if you are unable to attend your placement for any reason.

Report your sickness to PLSU


Uniforms

LJMU provides you with a uniform which will identify you as being one of our students. While on your placement you will be required to follow the uniform policy of the placement area.

Please contact PLSU on 0151 231 4089 or email us with any uniform queries. Alternatively visit us at: 1st Floor, 79 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2ER.


About the Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the UK regulator for two professions: nursing and midwifery.

Key tasks of the NMC:

  • to protect the health and wellbeing of the public
  • to set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality health care consistently throughout their careers
  • to ensure nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold professional standards
  • have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards

The Code of professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives

The Code contains professional standards that registered nurses must uphold and student nurses and midwives must aspire to. UK nurses and midwives must act in line with the Code, whether they are providing direct care to individuals, groups or communities or bringing their professional knowledge to bear on nursing and midwifery practice in other roles, such as leadership, education or research. While you can interpret the values and principles set out in the Code in a range of different practice settings, they are not negotiable or discretionary.

Registration with the NMC is essential to be able to work in the UK as a nurse or midwife.


About the Health and Care Professions Council

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK regulatory body for the paramedic and social work profession along with thirteen other health professions. The profession title is protected by law, therefore to practice as a paramedic or social worker you must be registered with the HCPC.

Key tasks of the HCPC:

  • monitoring and developing policy and strategy
  • maintaining and publishing public register of properly qualified members of the profession
  • approving and upholding high standards of education and training, and continuing good practice
  • investigating complaints and taking appropriate action
  • working in partnership with the public and a range of other groups including professional bodies
  • promoting awareness and understanding of the aims of the Council

Six guiding principles of the HCPC:

  • protecting the public
  • transparency
  • communication and responsiveness
  • providing a high quality service
  • value for money
  • working collaboratively

Registration with the HCPC will be applied for once you have completed your studies. However, the HCPC are acutely aware that students within the Higher Education system will need support and advice throughout their studies. The council have therefore produced a policy for students. It is expected that all students adhere to this guidance as well as those offered by the University.


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