Healthcare Learner Placements

Social care placements can offer learners a variety of skills, both soft and clinical, to enrich their learning experience and fulfil the requirements of their learning outcomes. When placed within a GMTH Accredited Learning Environment, learners can expect support from a dedicated Education Team within GMTH, and a positive, skills-enriching experience provided to the learning environment, with access to quality SPOKES, utilising their practise hours to maximise learning.

As a result of our strong links to the social and primary care sectors, GMTH is able to guide learners towards effective, quality SPOKE placements. Your Learner Support Team understands that not every placement pathway should be identical, and that a bespoke placement to meet the needs of the individual is most beneficial to our learners. Previous learners have spent time working away from their main learning environment, utilising time with practise nurses, pharmacists, and advanced clinical practitioners. We are always open to your ideas for SPOKE placement, so please do contact the Clinical Educator/PEF if you have any questions regarding what opportunities you are able to undertake! Many of your placements are rotational by their own nature, and you may find your placement pathway incorporates experience within Practice Nursing, GP Clinics, and a Residential Home, but you’re encouraged to further expand upon this.

The CLE can expect a GMTH learner to be flexible, courteous, punctual, and dedicated. Learners should communicate their needs clearly to the placement area in order to define their outcomes and requirements in order for the placement to make the correct provisions and allow them to plan ahead for the learner to achieve the required learning objectives. Learners are expected to be pro-active with regards to their own learning and are responsible for how their practise hours are utilised.

In the event of any concerns regarding their placement, learners are welcome to contact their GMTH locality PEF/Clinical Educator, details of which will be provided to them during induction and will be available within the learning environment.

As aforementioned, GMTH has a strong foundation within Primary Care and encourages learners to arrange time spent within Primary Care. Perhaps you’d like to develop your knowledge of chest auscultation and would benefit from time spent with an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, or you may have an interest in Diabetes Management or Women’s Health and therefore would find time with a Practice Nurse enriches your learning. These experiences can be tailored to your requirements, and learners are welcome to attend seminars as part of their placement to further develop their knowledge of primary care provision. SPOKE placement availability is dependent on capacity, and learners are encouraged to actively seek out these opportunities.

A common worry of learners is that non-acute, less “traditional” placements may inhibit their ability to meet their learning requirements. GMTH is aware that there are specific requirements that must be achieved for them to progress onto the next stage of their programme, and therefore, special consideration has been given to the ability of learners to meet the requirements of their stage of training within Social Care. Your PEF/Clinical education team has specific proficiency mapping databases at their disposal to give an overview of the ability of a learner to meet objectives within a social care placement.