We provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment for undergraduate and postgraduate education and continuing professional development. 

Our expertise in teaching spans professional programmes in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, operating department practice, prescribing, dietetics and paramedic science. 

Our innovative teaching is complemented by close relationships with clinical and practice partners, and the learning experiences we offer to our learners to gain practical ‘hands on’ participation. Learners benefit from our Immersive classroom, Movement Lab, Skills laboratories, Anatomy Suite,  the Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology Centre and the Edith Cavell Building Simulation Centre (opening September 2022). Our courses are informed by our world-class research, which is focused on addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. 

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Practical skills and experience

As a learner on a healthcare profession course, a significant proportion of your studies will be learning hands-on from the experts within clinical and community settings. Explore our FAQs below to learn more about the practical experience which we may also refer to as practice education or placement.

Practice education is a compulsory element of all undergraduate courses for healthcare practitioners and for most programmes, it constitutes between one third to one half of the duration of the entire course. While the amount of time spent on placement varies across programmes, it's expected that learners treat their placement time professionally. Spending time in placement will provide learners with the opportunity to experience a range of healthcare provision in diverse environments.

Getting involved with patient/client/service user care will help to develop abilities and confidence as a healthcare professional. Furthermore, it will support learners in developing the skills required to interact effectively with services users, carers and professional colleagues within multi-agency and professional teams as well as across organisations and services. 

As courses includes patient facing placements in health or social care settings, and these are a mandatory component of the course, learners will need to comply with the placement vaccination policy. Failure to meet the placement vaccination policy may prevent a learner from joining the course or may lead to withdrawal from the course in the future.

Prior to commencing a placement, learners must complete a range of mandatory training that is a requirement of placement areas – this can be a mix of online training and face-to-face interactive training. For some courses, such as the operating department practice, midwifery and paramedic science, Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) is also required. Failure to complete the relevant mandatory training may result in a delay in the placement starting.

On most placements, learners will be required to wear a UEA uniform which we provide at the start of the programme. In some specialist areas such as the operating theatres, scrub suits will be provided by the Trust themselves. Placements who do not require a uniform to be worn still have a dress code and expect learners to adhere to this and wear appropriate clothing.

All UEA learners must wear identification name badges (ID) on placement and these are also provided by the school at the start of the programme. Placement areas may also provide internal ID badges.

On each placement, all staff within the areas are expected to be involved in supporting learners during their practice learning experience.   For each of the assessed placements, Nursing and midwifery learners will be allocated a nominated Practice Supervisor and a nominated Practice Assessor or for Allied health programmes, a Practice Educator, who will have had preparation to take on these roles. The Practice Supervisor will work directly with the learner to facilitate their learning and will contribute to their overall assessment and achievement. 

Each practice learning area also has a UEA Link Lecturer/Visiting Tutor who will be readily available to support you. At the commencement of practice experience the learner will be made fully aware of the specific support and opportunities available and of the nominated person who will actively address any concerns that might arise. Many placement areas have staff employed in Clinical Education roles who also will be available to support learners in practice.

This could be in a variety of settings that include hospitals, community services, general practice, social services and voluntary or private organisations. Placement allocation occurs throughout the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

The placement area used by UEA covers a large geographical region much of which is very rural. Learners will need to consider how they will get to their placement either by their own personal transport means (e.g. own car) or access public transport. Learners may be eligible to claim back travel costs and will need to seek advice on this from relevant UEA departments.

As healthcare in the UK is provided around the clock, learners will have the opportunity to experience real working patterns, which for some programmes will include undertaking varied shifts and overnight working.

Most placements tend to be based on a 37.5-hour week with the maximum numbers of hours to be worked being capped at 48 hours. Many placement areas base shifts around a 12-hour day, starting at 7.30am and ending at 7pm. There will be variations on this and learners will be allocated shifts in line with the practice learning environment, however there is potential for learners to negotiate and agree elements of the shift pattern with the practice area to optimise their learning. Conversations with practice professionals will take into consideration patient/service user safety, learner welfare, placement needs, any reasonable adjustment plans (RAP) and the programme outcomes.

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Learning beyond registration and employability

We offer a wide range of post-registration and postgraduate education opportunities including short courses, continuing professional development days, stand-alone modules, and postgraduate programmes, encouraging our learners to advance their knowledge and practice expertise in line with contemporary evidence, research, and career advancements, through to consultant level practice.

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Upon graduation, employment opportunities are available in public, private and voluntary organisations, from hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes to medical practices, ambulance transportation and complementary medicine. Our graduates go on to secure employment in a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas depending on their qualifications, skills, and experience. We want all our learners to be proud of their achievements, and many of our learners do go on to win awards.

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What to consider when thinking about studying an undergraduate health sciences course at university (PDF)