Inspiration: Pilot to improve student nurse placements in community settings

Inspiration: Pilot to improve student nurse placements in community settings

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Organisation: Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust


The aim of the project is to trial being the host trust for student nurses at Kings College London in order to give student nurses a fuller exposure to community nursing services.

Brief Summary

Central London Community Healthcare and Kings College London have been working together to develop a student nurse placement programme that puts community nursing at its heart.

The pilot went live this year, and in November 2014, there were 4 students signed up to trial the programme.

The plan is for six out of nine placements for the student nurses to be in community settings. The 4 to 8 week placements will cover the wide variety of community nursing activities, such as: district nursing; rehabilitation/intermediate care bedded unit; rapid response; end of life care and tissue viability.

One of the challenges has been signing off the course programme with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and in particular, meeting the requirements for caring for the most complex of patients. Another challenge has been making the course attractive to new students who may know very little about community nursing. A further challenge has been introducing the new programme alongside an already full traditional pre-registration placement programme.

Area of work

In relation to the four foundations of our declaration, this project aims to:

  • Happy staff with the right skills

Service user involvement?

As part of stakeholder membership engagement.

Advice for others

Find ways to value the expertise of your experienced staff as you will need them as mentors for the new students.

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