1. How will my service benefit from hosting nursing and allied health professional students (AH) students?

There are many benefits for your service, including:

  • Enhances your staff team’s own professional development and reflection on practice
  • Increases students’ understanding of your sector and raises the profile of your service
  • Students will bring valuable insight from their academic study and placement experiences
  • Provides an opportunity for you to influence the future clinical workforce and their practice
  • Provides closer working links to other areas of practice, promoting inter-professional learning

 2. Will my team receive training to enable them to support students on placement?

Yes. The CPEP team will work with education providers to ensure that your team is trained and supported to become practice assessors, supervisors and coaches.


3. Will my service be supported to develop specific processes to become an Approved Placement Provider?

Yes, although most of the policies and procedures will be in place already.  


4. At what stage of their training will students come to my service and how long will the placement be for?

Students require placements at various stages in their education and training programme. The length of a placement will depend on the discipline, stage of training and their course structure. Placements could be for 1 week and up to 8 weeks. Approved Placement Providers will work in partnership with education providers to determine students most suited to their service.


5. What knowledge and skills will students have, prior to placement?

Again it depends on the stage of training and education the student is at. Year 3 students are likely to have developed their knowledge and skills as they will have had previous placement experiences, compared to Year 1 students. All students will be encouraged to be ‘hands on’.


6. What skills and knowledge are students expected to develop during their time in our service?

All students will benefit greatly by being immersed in your service in order to develop their skills in communication, multi-disciplinary team working as well observing the formal and informal ‘best interest’ conversations. A GP practice environment will provide a very rich learning experience for all students by supporting the service user through their life course from ‘cradle to grave’.


7. Will students have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance?

Yes, the education provider will ensure that the student has DBS clearance.


8. Will my service receive payment for hosting clinical students?

Payment depends on the type of student you are hosting. There are tariff payments for all academic clinical placements, which are published by Health Education England annually.  The tariff payment for nursing and AHP students is approximately £100 per week (from September 2022 approx. £120 per week).


9. Would my service be eligible to host clinical students if it is not staffed by Registered Healthcare Practitioners?

There is broad recognition that there are many outstanding services in Devon, not staffed by Registered Healthcare Practitioners. The CPEP project is currently piloting a Collaborative Supervision model with a number of social care services and will be rolled out Spring 2022. The day-to-day support of students will come from your occupationally qualified team and a clinical supervisor will visit the student each week.


10. Who could I speak with to express my interest in becoming an Approved Placement Provider?

Primary health: Jo Sutton

Social Care: Stacey Owen