Health and Social Care students are supernumerary throughout their course. This
means that the experience that they gain during practice placements should be
determined by their educational needs (placement should not utilise students for
service needs such as “filling gaps”). However, it does not mean that students are
purely observers or can take study time from placement without negotiation.
In order to ensure quality learning to increase their scope as they progress through
their academic and clinical learning to develop a high standard of clinical
competency and proficiency to underpin their future registrant practice in delivering
effective holistic care, students are required to experience the 7 days a week, 24
hours a day nature of the service. Therefore, they will be expected to work a range of
shift patterns, including some weekend and night duty at the discretion of the
mentor/assessor who will ensure adequate opportunities for effective learning and
To maximise learning in order to develop the required skills and achieve the identified learning outcomes, students:
• have the right to experience quality effective learning opportunities in placement and to have their status as students respected
• will be integrated as part of the clinical team, participate in clinical activities appropriate to their level of knowledge and practical experience
• work directly or indirectly under the supervision and direction of a designated Mentor/Practice Placement Educator or registered Health Care Professional.
NB *The NMC requires that whilst giving direct care in the practice setting, at least
40% of a student’s time must be spent being supervised (directly or indirectly) by a
Students should discuss with their mentor/assessor the best ways of achieving their
learning outcomes and set robust plans for achievement.
Students should contact their Personal Tutor or Placement Link for advice if they
have concerns relating to their supernumerary status