How to make the most of student nurse placements

Developed to support the understanding of nursing placements within social care settings, and for the person who needs care and support, the employer, the student and the education provider.

There are ten descriptions of a range of different social care settings developed by practitioners from the workforce with input from people who need care and support. The descriptions aim to introduce the depth and breadth of what can be offered within this type of placement setting. Each description has been mapped to the future nurse standards of proficiency so that student nurses can see how the experience they gain in these settings correlates with their course.

Ten social care settings

  1. Children's residential service
  2. Community care services for adults and children (alternatively known as home care services or domiciliary care services)
  3. Day care services
  4. Registered care home with nursing for working age people with enduring mental health problems
  5. Registered care home with nursing, learning disabilities and complex health needs: working age
  6. Registered care home with nursing, physical and mental health, dementia and end of life care
  7. Registered care home without nursing, learning disabilities and autism
  8. Residential care home with nursing neurological disabilities and rehab
  9. Residential care home without nursing for elderly people including dementia and end of life care
  10. Specialist residential college for the training and development of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities

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Topics covered

  • what social care is – diversity of settings and offer
  • the ethos of social care
  • the learning which is available to healthcare and nursing students
  • what a person who needs care and support wants nurses to know about them and the environment
  • how the standards of proficiency for registered nurses map to different settings and experiences
  • the richness of learning on offer.

Our intention is also to encourage recognition that it is a person who has a journey through services, rather than a ‘service or diagnosis led’ approach to a person.

Who is the guide for? 

  • Social care employers - develop the training offer and prepare for educational audit and to develop staff to think about supporting students in the workplace.

  • Student nurses - develop their understanding of social care, different settings, views of people who have lived experience and to gain insight into the knowledge and skills that can be developed if they’re offered, or ask for a placement in a social care setting. 

  • Higher education providers - This guide can be the starting point to introduce social care and social care nursing into the curriculum and supporting the integration agenda and long term plan.