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UCLan shows commitment to quality placement provision

13 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University signs up to the North West Placement Charter

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has shown its commitment to providing top quality work placements for all health and social care students by signing up to a North West Placement Charter.

UCLan has committed to the Health Education North West (HE NW) Placement Charter which is part of Health Education England. It has been developed as part of a region wide consultation with learners and practitioners from different health and social care professions, service users and carers.

By signing up to the Charter, UCLan is officially agreeing to provide placements for students where they will be given an appropriately qualified mentor, are able to raise concerns about poor practice, be treated as an integral member of the team and are given detailed feedback at the end of their experience.

UCLan currently provides more than 2,300 students with placements every year on midwifery, nursing, paramedic practice, social work, operating department practice and physiotherapy degree courses.

“The Charter publically cements our ongoing commitment to placement excellence and demonstrates an exceptional stakeholder and partnership working.”

It is one of the largest providers of healthcare courses in the region and Nigel Harrison, Dean of UCLan’s School of Heath, said it is important that the University pledges its support to a scheme that will benefit students.

“We have hundreds of students from health and social care professions on placement across the region every year and the University already has an excellent reputation for providing stimulating and supportive work placements.

“The Charter publically cements our ongoing commitment to placement excellence and demonstrates an exceptional stakeholder and partnership working.”

“Excellence in placement learning is underpinned by a safe, supportive and caring learning environment for all health and social care learners.”

The idea behind the regional wide scheme is to provide safe and high quality learning environments for health and social care learners on placement in all healthcare organisations in the North West.

Vicky MacMillan from HE NW commented: “Achieving excellence in the delivery of health and social care is underpinned by a commitment to providing a safe, supportive and caring environment for all patients and staff…. and excellence in placement learning is underpinned by a safe, supportive and caring learning environment for all health and social care learners.

“The Charter is our commitment to achieving excellence in learning and care.”