School of Health and Social Care


Listening. Caring. Questioning. 

These are just some of the interpersonal skills you need to be an effective health and social care professional. These aren’t skills that can be bottled and bought. They have to be nurtured and developed.

That’s why placements are integral to many of our courses, and why we consider our wide network of placement partnerships as one of our most valuable assets.

Whether you are a student, trainee, mentor, practice supervisor, practice assessor or educator, the information here should give you a flavour of how we do things here at Essex, and provide you with a toolkit of everything you'll need to support University of Essex students on placement.

Toolkits for educators in practice

Thank you for agreeing to be an educator for our students. When our students enter practice, we endeavour to ensure they’re not only fit for practice but are professional and approachable at all times. We expect them to demonstrate both the university values and those of the NHS at all times.

We have split our information by course type.

Fitness to Practice Procedures

All students at the University of Essex are required to comply with the regulations of the University regarding conduct. Students enrolled on courses which have a practical professional placement have additional responsibilities placed on them as outlined in relevant regulatory and/or professional body codes of practice. Failure to meet these responsibilities can lead to the Fitness to Practice Procedure being invoked. Students will be notified on registration if their course of study is subject to the terms of this procedure.

Access to the placements database

For Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy, we have a Practice Education Management System (PEMS) which allows you to view and update the practice education elements of the programme. You will have received log-in details of this by email - should you have trouble with this, please contact us. We also have a handy 'how-to' guide for Placement Organisation users.

Online updates

Your role as a practice educator/mentor is essential in developing new generations of health and social care professionals. To help support your practice as an educator, we have a range of CPD modules and online training which you may be interested in.

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