We're delighted that you're considering studying a healthcare degree at ARU. As a healthcare profession student, you'll spend a significant amount of time on clinical placement. It's an integral part of your course – and an exciting, enjoyable aspect of studying at ARU.
Here you can find information about your placement, so that you can understand what's expected and the benefits it brings.
If you're joining us at ARU to study a healthcare professional course, you'll be undertaking education and training to prepare yourself for your chosen career.
Your course will have to meet the professional body as well as academic standards. For operating department practitioners and paramedics, these professional standards are governed by the statutory professional body, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Nursing and midwifery are governed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), social workers are regulated by Social Work England, and medical students are governed by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Once you've successfully completed your course, you'll be eligible for membership and registration with the relevant Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB).
PSRBs also monitor the quality of professional courses and supervision in practice. There is an expectation that all students are supervised by registered healthcare professionals who are positive role models, promote the values of the NHS Constitution and deliver a high-quality service to the public.
You'll need to complete the following checks before you start your clinical placement.
All students are required to complete a DBS check. One of our admissions team will send you the necessary paperwork; after a successful interview.
The University's Criminal Records Officer carry out the DBS checking process. This can take on average four to six weeks and any student who hasn’t completed their DBS check can’t go on placement. This could result in your start date being put back to the next available intake so it’s important you complete it in time. See our university’s DBS page for further support.
The main purpose of occupational health assessment is to make sure that you're fit to meet the course requirements effectively and without risk to yourself or others. Course places are offered subject to satisfactory health screening.
A member of our admissions team will send you the necessary paperwork to complete and you’ll be assessed individually. If you don't have a completed occupational health check this could delay you starting the course. If you don't start the course for health reasons then you'll need occupational health clearance before returning to practice.
It is a requirement that all healthcare professional course students complete a series of mandatory training elements annually, such as safeguarding, moving and handling, basic life support, etc. This training must be completed before you attend placement.
During your practice placement you'll be supported by a named registered professional, your personal tutor, alongside University placement staff.
You’ll be supported by a registered healthcare professionals who has met the professional body standards for learning and assessing in practice. They will support you during your training and sign off your learning outcomes as you achieve them.
You'll also be guided by a number of other health professionals, giving you the opportunity to gain an understanding of how professionals work as part of a wider team.
We're committed to supporting you during your practice experience. We've worked in partnership with our placement providers to invest in a number of strategies to ensure the quality of the learning experience.
We expect you to:
You may need to wear a uniform on some placements. Whether wearing a uniform or not, all healthcare organisations have a mandatory dress code policy and students will be advised of this.
Placement areas include Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Essex and for some courses, London.
It is important you are aware of the following:
ARU is fortunate enough to work with many different clinical placement providers covering a substantial geographical area, which includes Essex, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as for some courses, London. This offers our students exposure to all types of clinical learning experiences.
During your placement, you'll experience different shift patterns, including weekends, bank holidays and night shifts (including early mornings). Personal/domestic issues should be planned well in advance to accommodate all shift patterns.
You'll be allocated annual leave throughout your course and this is clearly labelled on the course timetable. Only in very exceptional circumstances can this be changed and only by prior agreement with your Course Leader.