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, placement supervisor 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 important documents.

Toolkit for mentors

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've split our information by course type:

Access to the placements database

For 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.

Online updates

Your role as a 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.