Child Health

Practical experience is central to the majority of our courses as it's vitally important that you apply theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to patients in a practice-based setting.

That’s why most of our courses offer an equal split between placement and class-based study.

We pride ourselves in offering you a vast range of opportunities and experiences within the practice learning environment.

What happens on placements?

Placements help you develop the knowledge and skills required to be successful in your future career.

Our strong links with NHS Trusts and other health and social care providers ensure that teaching and learning reflects current practice.

Our placements vary from health visitors and community care, to day-nurseries and hospitals.

As a student nurse on clinical placement you are offered a range of advice and support by our dedicated team, including the allocation of a placement tutor, who will be contactable and may visit you during the placement.

While on placement you will be expected to adopt the working hours of your department. This could involve working, weekends and bank holidays.

Placement support

We offer help to cover all aspects of your placement.

Our Practice Learning team offers a comprehensive range of resources to help students on placement. The team is staffed by nurses and administrators who are on hand to ensure that you make the best use of your practical learning environments.

When on placement, you will be able to access Moodle, our online virtual learning environment. This will enable you to communicate with your tutors and fellow students and gain help and advice when and where necessary.

Preparing for placement: collaboration

To help you prepare for working collaboratively with colleagues, inter-professional learning is incorporated in all of our courses.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work as a team across different professions, and help you appreciate input from others.

Inter-professional events provide the opportunity to debate and explore problems with other students in order to gain a greater insight into alternative disciplines.

Examples of placements on offer to Child Nursing students


  • Birmingham Children's Hospital - all wards and departments within the hospital offer placement experience for student nurses.
  • City Hospital
    • Paediatric Surgical Ward
    • Ward D19 - Paediatric Assessment Unit
    • Special Care Baby Unit
  • Heartlands Hospital
    • Ward 14
    • A&E - Triage and Resus. Room,
    • Ward 16 - General Med/Surg. (incl. four high dependency beds)
    • Special Care Baby Unit


Child and adolescent mental health services

  • Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Heathlands Unit, Parkview Clinic
  • Ashfield Unit, Parkview Clinic
  • Irwin Unit, Parkview Clinic
  • Heart of Birmingham CAMHS Team
  • Blakesley Centre
  • Oaklands Centre
  • Good Hope Hospital

Special schools