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UEA Policies and Guidelines

Conditions of Computer Use (UEA)

Students should be made aware on placement of any policies regarding the use of IT facilities in their placement setting. Students are governed by the UEA Conditions of Computer Use which dictate they must only access appropriate content and use IT facilities for work use only. These guidelines are available via the UEA Portal.   

The students are advised to adhere to the UEA and Professional Bodies policies regarding the use of social networking sites.  Any misuse of IT facilities by students on placement will be deemed unprofessional behaviour and will be dealt with appropriately by the University.

Code of Practice for Placement and Work Based Learning (UEA)

The UEA Code of Practice for Placement and Work Based Learning (UEA, 2012) aims to ensure that:

  • students working away from the University have access to appropriate support and guidance
  • the roles and responsibilities of all parties (the UEA, the student and the placement provider) are clearly understood 

The School of Health Sciences makes every effort to adhere to the UEA Code of Practice for Placement and Work Based Learning

Social Networking Guidance to Students (HSC)

The School of Health Sciences has provided students with an explanation of how the regulations and guidance apply to social networking.  The guidance attached below makes clear what is expected of a student of the University of East Anglia and what professionalism and fitness to practise mean for the professional groups found in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences with regard to inappropriate use of Social Networking Media

Social Networking Guidelines (PDF)


Cause for Concern

The Cause for Concern form can be completed by any member of staff. Concerns may arise from practice in relation to a student's conduct or behaviour, or there may be a health related issue which would not be ordinarily captured by the practice assessment and the student's learning outcomes.

Cause for Concern Guidance 

Cause for Concern Form (PDF)

Cause for Concern Process Map


Fitness to Practise

Fitness to Practise Process (PDF)


Professionalism Charter

The School  takes professionalism very seriously and aims to nurture high professional standards among its students. There are a number of opportunities throughout the course for students to develop professionalism. Guidance is provided from many sources, including their personal advisor. It is acknowledged that professionalism happens slowly, over time but there are specific times when the student will be asked to think about the progress they are making to help them recognise when they have behaved in a professional way. This is largely directed through the ‘Professionalism Charter', which has been developed to make explicit the professional responsibilities that are expected of the student.

BSc Professionalism Charter (PDF)

MSc Professionalism Charter (PDF)

Raising and Escalating Concerns in Placement - Guidance to Students

Healthcare students have both a legal and moral duty of care for the patients/clients with whom they work. The HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students (2012), state that at all times any awareness of safeguarding issues related to the concern must be reported.

HSC Policy for Raising and Escalating Concerns relating to Practice (PDF)  


Link Lecturer Standards

Link Lecturer Standards (PDF)

Hours Policy

This policy gives details of the practice education hours requirements, the School sickness / absence procedure, portfolio hours, recording hours and the School deferred placement procedure.

Hours Policy (PDF)


Supporting Students with a Disability

The school advises students to disclose any disability they have to their practice educator at the earliest opportunity.  However the student does have a right not to disclose this information.

Reasonable Adjustments Pack

The reasonable adjustments pack is used with students who have been identified as having an assessed disability / specific need and are enrolled on a pre-registration programme within the School of Health Sciences. The pack outlines the steps from initial application to the course through to University based teaching and practice education.

Reasonable Adjustments Pack (PDF)

Resources - Supporting a Disabled Student

Supporting a Student with Disabilities - Questions and Answers (PDF)

The Equality Act 2010  - A Brief Overview (PDF)

Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education

ASET good practice guides for placement learning in Higher Education, health and safety for student placements, and supporting students with disabilities on placement  


Quality Assurance

The objective of any placement-learning experience, regardless of length, is to consolidate and complement the academic learning, knowledge and skills with experience (ASET 2013). The University has a responsibility to ensure the quality of learning experiences for all students in any setting that learning takes place, including practice placements. The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (2018) sets the University’s responsibilities, as do the HCPC standards of education and training (2017) and the NMC Standards for pre-registration education (2010) and standards for learning and assessment in practice (2011).The links below highlight some resources that are used to assess and maintain quality, in partnership with practice placement providers.

Audit document for biennial audit

UK Quality Code for Higher Education