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Placements, work experience and volunteering

Placements

Non-clinical placements
Non-clinical placements are offered to students over the age of 14 who may be interested in the charity sector or in a vocation in the health and social care sector. The student will spend time in fundraising, marketing, HR, catering, finance and the Hospice’s Open House. Sixth Form and college students can have placements in areas of expertise aligned with their course work. Students will be interviewed to ensure appropriate placement. We cannot offer clinical placements to under-18s due to safeguarding but you will be able to participate in some activities in the ward area.

Clinical Professional Student Placements
Clinical placements can be organised by individuals or through our university links, we also accept clinical students who would like to gain more knowledge and experience of palliative care. We offer a wide range of areas to experience from the Sylvan Ward, Orchard outpatients and our Community team.

Clinical Professional Placements/ Shadowing
Clinical Professional shadowing can be arranged for Doctors, Nurses and other Allied Health Professionals to gain more knowledge and experience of palliative care. We offer a wide range of areas to experience from the Sylvan Ward, Orchard outpatients and our Community team.

 

How can a placement support you?

Emma, an Adult Nursing Degree student from the University of Suffolk, chose to spend her final three-month placement at the Hospice.

Emma Ungar, a placement student at St Nicholas Hospice Care

She said: “It was great. I really got the chance to get in touch with the six C’s of nursing: compassion; courage; commitment; competence; communication and care.”

Before she began her placement on Sylvan Ward, the Education Team organised a tour of the Hospice, introduced her to her mentor and let her know which shifts she would be working for the first couple of weeks.

“I have had very good support from staff during my placement. At the start of each shift, they asked me what my priorities were for the day and what I would like to work on. I received plenty of hands-on learning and it has helped me get to grips with palliative medication.”

Emma has also spent time with the Community Nursing Team, visiting patients in their home and talking to people attending the Positive Living Group in the Hospice’s Orchard Day Centre.

She added: “I have enjoyed my placement at the Hospice. You get time to sit with the patients and listen to them.”

 

Volunteering

To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please click here.

Young volunteering

Young volunteering is another good way of gaining valuable experience especially if you are undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh award. Areas in which you can volunteer include retail, catering, marketing, admin/reception.

Read about the experiences of young volunteers

 

Get in touch

To make an enquiry about placements, email our Education Team or call them on 01284 766133 x199.