On this course, subject to meeting the relevant criteria, you could undertake eight placements over three years, each lasting from 2-10 weeks. These include an elective placement and a final, management placement. During placements students are supported by experienced Practice Assessors and Supervisors. 

Placements are located within four large NHS trusts and local private or independent healthcare providers, in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire and further afield. They take place in a range of settings including medical, surgical, acute care and community nursing to ensure you see different clinical settings and practices. 

We have placements with many specialised clinical teams. This includes Rampton High Secure Hospital, one of only three high secure units in the UK, and a mother and baby unit for people experiencing acute perinatal mental illness.  We also have placement connections with Nottingham Forest’s mental health initiatives, recognising the range of atypical ways for providing mental health care.    

Other placement opportunities 

  • Acute mental health 

  • Psychiatric ICU (PICU) & Enhanced inpatient care 

  • Dementia & organic conditions 

  • Community Mental Health Teams 

  • Psychiatric Liaison (A&E) 

  • Older adults acute inpatient 

  • Memory Assessment Clinics 

  • Drug & Alcohol Service 

  • Forensics at all levels including High Secure at Rampton 

  • Prisons 

  • CAMHS 

Elective placement 

There is an 'elective placement' in the second year which you will arrange yourself, with some support from the school. This is an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of nursing, in an area that you're most interested in personally.  

In the past, students have pursued elective placements in various locations, including the prison service, neonatal units, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and the Department of Health and Social Care. 

Your nursing placements

Please note:  The elective placement is self-funded. In order to undertake a placement, you will need to achieve the relevant academic requirements as set by the University and meet any requirements specified by the placement host. There is no guarantee that you will be able to undertake a placement in a specialist clinical setting as part of your course.