Nursing placements

The placement handbook contains guidance and current legislation on students in nursing placements from the perspective of students and mentors. This is to facilitate the smooth running of the placement experience for everyone involved. Below are pdf copies of the documents issued at the start of the placement:

  • Information for students

    As a student studying to be a nurse, you will spend part of your time at Essex out on placement working in practice with one of our partner organisations. This is your opportunity to experience life as a nurse working with service users and colleagues from numerous professions and backgrounds.

    Your time in placement forms the foundations of not only your degree, but also your future career as a nurse. Many opportunities will arise during this time that will enable you to put your skills and knowledge into practice in real-time, often fast-paced environments challenging you professionally and personally. The experiences you have and the impression you make during placements can directly link to your future employability and career pathway – so make the most of every opportunity you can!


  • Information for mentors

    Thank you for agreeing to be a mentor on our nursing programme. When our students enter practice we endeavour to ensure they are not only fit for practice, but are professional and approachable at all times. We also ask that our students consistently demonstrate both the University values and those of the NHS.

    Triennial Review

    All nursing students receive the nursing skills books when they first go out on placement. Students also receive the Triennial Review (.docx) which is a three-yearly cycle of reflection for mentors. The Review enables you to demonstrate that you can continue to meet the NMC Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in practice, similar to Post Registration Education and Practice (PREP), and can be used as evidence in your PREP portfolio and KSF/Appraisal.

    Online update for mentors, clinical educators and practice educators

    Your role as a mentor is essential in developing new generations of health professionals. We have developed an inter-professional update for clinicians who educate students within practice. This includes mentors, clinical educators and practice educators from professions such as nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

    The aim of the inter-professional online update is to provide an opportunity for you to reflect on, and if necessary, make changes to your current practice as an educator, and to benefit from the experiences of educators across multiple professions.


Contact us

Our link lecturers support you within the practice areas and can be contacted on the numbers and email addresses below. When you are unable to reach a link lecturer or they have been unable to respond to a request for contact, both mentors and students can contact the Head of Nursing; all such contacts operate within office hours.

Emergency out-of-hours contact

Our out-of-hours emergency information provides details of who to contact if a problem arises whilst you are in practice and you want to contact a member of staff, whether you live in University accommodation on campus or live off campus.