Kingsacre Care Home encourage practice placements for student nurses. They believe practice-based learning is a crucial part of student nurse training, with 2,300 hours of clinical practice needed to meet the NMC requirements for registration.
Spending time in a care home provides a fantastic opportunity for nurses to learn in a working environment. This is a valuable practice learning experience, especially during times such as now with the recent global pandemic.
The Scottish Government commissioned a report on the Provision of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) placements in the 2020-21 Academic Session (NES 2020) (PDF). This report stated that the care home sector needed to increase its placement capacity. In July 2021, only 303 of Scotland’s 1,084 care homes for adults were approved practice learning environments for students.