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Nurse in practise

Nursing placements

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

Throughout the course, you will spend 50% of your learning time in a clinical placement, learning what it is like to work within modern healthcare, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team. On your clinical placements, you will remain supernumerary while working as a valuable team member.

We have excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the north-west, and you will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings.

Some of our placement trusts are regularly nominated for prestigious national awards. For example, the children's unit at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust was nominated in the Child and Adolescent Services category of the 2016 Nursing Times Awards.

Clinical staff based within practice placements and academic staff will be available to support, assist and guide you.


During practice placements, you will be supervised by qualified health professionals and will be allocated a mentor. Their role is to support you in practice-based learning and to assess your knowledge and skills against required competencies.

Shifts and location

You will be required to follow shift patterns. This will include early shifts starting from 7am and late shifts, sometimes finishing at 9.30pm.

Your placements will be usually within Greater Manchester, but on occasion you may be required to travel further afield.

You will be expected to travel to your placement to work a normal shift. To minimise the amount of travelling you will be allocated placement zones (see below).

However, we advise all students with children to set up childcare arrangements close to home to enable flexibility of travel to your placements.

You will also be required to work some weekends and some night duty during the three years. Although annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable, it normally includes time off over Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Placement allocations

All nursing students may be required to travel across the whole of Greater Manchester and, at times, beyond to undertake practice placements, which are a compulsory part of the course.

To minimise the amount of travelling to placement, every effort will be made to ensure that you will be allocated to placements nearest to your term time postcode in accordance with placement availability for your field of nursing.
At times, this may not always be possible where students need to experience particular clinical specialities or when placement capacity issues arise.

Placement allocation map