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Practice Placements

Practice placements are a key part of all health and social care professional programmes. Practice learning focuses on the services needed by patients, putting the service user/patient at the centre of the learner’s experience.


From 1 April 2013 there has been the nationwide introduction of a placement payment to organisations providing practice placements for pre-registration learners commissioned by the NHS. The purpose of the training tariff is to support the provision of high quality training placements to secure the future supply of well trained staff to the NHS.

Local Placement Support

Learning Environment Leads (LELs) or Practice Learning Facilitators (PLF) are in place across the region in every NHS Trust. These roles work across disciplines and organisational boundaries to maintain high quality placement experiences as well as developing new models of placement learning to meet changing patterns of care and support quality assurance processes both in the region and locally.

For further information about the work of these roles please email learning@wessex.hee.nhs.uk.

Learning Placement Charter

The Learning Placement Charter has been developed in partnership with our local education providers, our Trusts and our internal teams to set out clear expectations of all parties involved in education and training.

Copies of the Charter are visible in all placement areas as well as our universities and it is also used to support the audit and quality assurance of practice placements. Whilst the Charter outlines the minimum standards required across the system, we know many areas exceed these on a daily basis.

The Learning Placement Charter is currently used in both HEE, Wessex and HEE, Thames Valley and we will be working with our colleagues in HEE, South West to develop a shared agreement to support all our learners as they move across our regional boundaries.

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