Welcome to nursing placements

This page contains all the information that you need to support successful and transformative learning in placement. The links and resources on this page are available to support University of Essex students, supervisors and assessors. If you require information about ARU placements, please visit the ARU Practice Hub.


Practice Assessment Documents

PADs and supporting documents

Undergraduate Nursing

To obtain the most up to date copies of Placement Paperwork please email hscplacements@essex.ac.uk

Supporting documents

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Supervision and Assessment

Documents to support the supervision and assessment process

From September 2019 the process by which students are supervised and assessed in placements aligns to the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment. The NMC provide a range of supporting information on their website to help nurses, supervisors, assessors and students understand the new roles and responsibilities. As an NMC registrant you should familiarise yourself with these standards even if you are not directly involved in supervision and assessment.

The University of Essex work in close collaboration with practice placement providers and other universities in the region to ensure that the practice-based experiences for students, supervisors and assessors is effective, and that information to support you is consistent.

Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor roles and preparation

A Practice Supervisor is a registered healthcare professional who supports and supervises students, providing feedback on their progress towards, and achievement of, proficiencies and skills (NMC 2018). A student may work with several practice supervisors during a placement.

A Practice Assessor is a NMC registrant who conducts assessments to confirm student achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning (NMC 2018). The student will have one practice assessor for a placement or set of placements, who will assess the student’s progress.

In order to undertake the roles of Practice Supervisor or Practice Assessor, the NMC expect that you will have been appropriately prepared. In collaboration with practice placement providers and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) we have developed workshops to prepare you for these roles.

To access the course

Visit the course homepage using the links below which will open in a new window, then carefully follow the on-screen instructions:

Part One: Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessors: http://anglia-ruskin-university.learnworlds.com/course?courseid=pspaworkshops

Part Two: Practice Assessor: http://anglia-ruskin-university.learnworlds.com/course?courseid=pawork

Please make sure that you have the facility to listen to audio content and are able to take screenshots and download materials as required.

Before undertaking the workshops:

  • Confirm with your employer which role you need to prepare for;
  • Confirm with your employer what evidence (e.g. certificate, workbook) they require that you have completed the appropriate preparation;
  • Identify if there is any additional requirements that your employer expects.


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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - Students

What should I do prior to placement?

Please ensure you contact your placement at least six weeks prior to your start date. Details can be found on PEMS. If the person named is not available - please speak to the nurse in charge to enquire what time you should arrive at your placement.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the address information for your placement is accurate, it is your responsibility to confirm this when you phone your placement at least 2 weeks before your start date.

If you cannot view your placement, or are having problems contacting your placement, please email practiceplacements@essex.ac.uk 

How do I get to placement?

Information on how to get to placement can be found in the student welcome pack. 

Information on reclaiming placement costs for travel/accommodation can be found here.  Please speak to your personal tutor in the first instance if you anticipate having difficulty in getting to placement.

Who do I contact if I have Occupational Health queries?

Speak to your personal tutor about this. You can also contact the occupational health lead for HSC (studentoh@essex.ac.uk) for further support.

Where can I find the Nursing Placement Guidelines?

You can download our Placement Guidelines (.docx) at any time.

FAQs - Placement staff

Where do I find information about supporting a student with disability?

Please refer to the Nursing Placements Guidelines (.docx) document.

Do I need training to become a practice supervisor or practice assessor?

Yes. There is a short course for professionals with existing mentorship training. New professionals could undertake the practice supervisor and/or practice assessor online training.

Where can I find the Nursing Placement Guidelines?

You can download our Placement Guidelines (.docx) at any time.

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