As a student Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse, you will spend half of your time in clinical practice areas.

In many cases, students will find employment in these areas on completion of their studies.

The University collaborates closely with clinical colleagues in the educational preparation of students and all placements are also fully supported by an experienced team.

Mental health placements

Mental health nursing students are primarily placed within clinical settings run by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This Trust is one of the biggest in the country and serves a population of more than 1.2 million people.

As it is such a large Trust, the range of placements for student mental health nurses is extremely diverse. Our students are likely to find themselves working with people experiencing mental health problems across all age ranges and social and ethnic backgrounds as well as more specialised care areas such as forensic settings, addictions, homelessness or deafness.

Learning disability placements

Our Learning Disability student nurses work in a wide range of placements. In common with mental health nursing students, they work with both younger people (child and adolescent mental health services) as well as with older adults.


Some of the areas that learning disability nurses work in include primary care teams, prisons, and forensic care, as well as a wide range of residential and day care facilities that are both public and privately run.

Check out our Learning Facilities