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Clinical-Placement

Clinical Placement Unit

We are dedicated to supporting a safe and quality clinical placement experience where students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work successfully in the health care environment.

We actively support clinical health placements from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and professional level entry students in Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Dental, Allied Health and other health professional groups as identified in Student Placement Agreements.

Clinical placements are offered at Nepean Hospital, Springwood Hospital, Blue Mountains Hospital, Lithgow Hospital, Portland Tabulam Health Service, Oral Health, Community Health, Mental Health Service and the Drug and Alcohol Service.

Information for Students

There are mandatory requirements health students need to complete for compliance before attending clinical placement in any NSW Health facility. This is covered in the NBMLHD Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Student Verification

All students must be compliant with NSW Health Policy Directive PD2020_017 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases

This Policy you to be ‘protected’ against specific infectious diseases, at your own cost before attending placement in a NSW Health facility. You need to obtain verification compliance in the first year of your course.

Our Clinical Placement Unit works with your education provider to support student verification. We complete student verifications for TAFE NSW (Kingswood) and Western Sydney University (Hawkesbury and Kingswood). Verification documents are provided to the education provider and sent to our ClinConnect team to process.

You must ensure you have completed the document verification process seven days before starting your placement. ClinConnect will automatically cancel a clinical placement if you have not met the requirements.

Process

When completing compliance verification, provide the following documents to your education provider, who will send these documents onto NSW Health to be screened.

  1. Criminal Record Check – obtained through NSW Police or a Crimtrac Accredited Brokers.
    Overseas students on a student visa need to provide a National Police Certificate from their home country. Alternatively, the student can complete and provide a statutory declaration that they have no criminal convictions in any country prior to entering Australia.
  2. Signed NSW Health Code of Conduct.
  3. Evidence of vaccination compliance as per NSW Health Policy PD2020_017.
  4. Completed Appendix 6 student undertaking/declaration form.
  5. Completed Appendix 7 Tuberculosis Assessment.

We will let you know your compliance results as follows:

  • Compliant and able to attend clinical placement.
  • Temporary compliance for placements – the student must complete outstanding requirements within 6 months to become compliant. Temporary compliance is only assigned once.
  • Non-compliant – students do not meet the requirements and cannot attend clinical placement.

Student follow up

Students with a temporary or non-compliant status will be provided with specific instructions to obtain compliance. This process will take up to 10 days.

Clinical Placement Requirements

The education provider is responsible for all clinical placement scheduling and allocations. Enquiries regarding student placements should be discussed directly with your education provider.

During clinical placement at NBMLHD, it is expected that students adhere to the educational provider clinical placement dress code, the NSW Health Code of Conduct and act in a professional manner at all times.

Orientation will be provided to all students on their first day of clinical placement.

Information for Education Providers

Student bookings are managed through ClinConnect. Up to date information about facilities, placement specialties and availabilities are routinely updated in ClinConnect.

Student Placement Agreements

Education providers must have a Student Placement Agreement (SPA) with NBMLHD before requesting placements in ClinConnect.

To establish a SPA with NBMLHD please contact the ClinConnect Coordinator at NBMLHD-ClinConnect@health.nsw.gov.au.

Nursing and Midwifery Facilitation Model

Nursing and Midwifery student placements use an internal model. Facilitators are released from their position to supervise a student nurse/midwife while they are on clinical placement at NBMLHD.

The benefits of this model includes:

  • Increased student satisfaction
  • Increased ward satisfaction
  • Staff development opportunities
  • Student is better integrated into the healthcare team
  • Enhanced clinical skill and knowledge development for the student
  • Early identification of the student with knowledge and/or skill deficits and implementation of an education plan
  • Improved relationships with education providers

Please note a fee-for-service will be charged for facilitation of student placements.

Please contact NBMLHD-ClinConnect@health.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Additional information for Education Providers can be found in the Clinical Placement Guide for Education Providers [PDF].

 

 

 

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