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BSc and MSci Nursing Student-led Civic Engagement Experience


The Student-led Civic Engagement Experience which we hope to offer students in the second year of the BSc and MSci Nursing programme aims to broaden the students understanding and awareness of what happens in our wider society that can impact an individual or communities’ health and wellbeing (wider determinants). The placement experience would include opportunities to learn with and about other roles, services and professions within society, communities and aims to develop the students understanding of the wider health and social care agenda.

The placement offers the opportunity to experience:

  • alternative models of leadership
  • stakeholder engagement
  • team-working
  • interagency and interprofessional working at a global, national or local level.

We ask students to take responsibility for their off campus learning and have a degree of choice in their personal development, improving confidence, resilience and adaptability. The initiative endeavours to develop independent learners who are informed, appropriately skilled and attuned to global perspectives and cultural diversity.

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How it works

At the current time the Student-led Civic Engagement Experience is 4-weeks, 37.5 hours per week including break time. Students may be authorised to work a maximum of 48h per week in agreement with Off Campus Learning, their personal tutor and the placement provider to make up lost hours.

Students may need to engage in university activities during this period. Students should inform the host organisation providing email or announcements from the programme team as evidence.

Following completion of the Student-led Civic Engagement Experience there will be a facilitated session to review and reflect on the students learning, to answer any outstanding questions about practice experiences and to identify areas for development moving forward.

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Students are required to follow the guidance/policy of the learning environment regarding appropriate dress code and should not engage in any activities they have not had training for or are not permitted to do in accordance with the learning environments policies/protocols.

Students should have an opportunity to discuss their learning and reflections with the key contact for the Civic Engagement Experience. At the present time this placement experience is not used for formal assessment but may identify areas for future personal development.

What do we mean by ‘observational only’ experience?

Students can support some fundamental service delivery under supervision e.g., communicating with service users, health promotion activities, wellbeing initiatives. This also depends on the environment (placement) having the appropriate policies and insurance for this.

Examples of learning opportunities

These are some of the learning environments students might consider, this list is not exhaustive and is dependent on NMC guidelines for practice hours and therefore may be subject to change:  

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  • International experiences (health or social care environment) subject to risk assessment.
  • Voluntary sector, Charity, Community Interest Company, Social Enterprise or public health sector organisations. For example: Social housing provider, community centre, schools, colleges, training and employment centres, faith centres, social prescribing networks, citizens advice, or council services.
  • Organisations which support vulnerable populations. For example: veterans, homeless persons, refugees, children and young people, carers, mental health charity.
  • Major charities which support patients with long term conditions (e.g. Diabetes UK, Cancer support charities, British Lung Foundation). Not charity shops, except as a wider experience within the charity sector.
  • Public health initiatives. For example: Vaccination, falls teams, social prescribing, including sport on prescription.
  • Quality, audit, research or consultancy services for health and social care organisations, this would include Care Quality Commission.

Students may combine two learning experiences; the University needs to be informed by completing two separate forms.

Once the placement has been agreed

Once the placement has been agreed with the organisation and EHU Off Campus Learning:

  • students will need to complete the appropriate information on InPlace which assures the University that the organisation will provide a Key Contact / learning supervisor not necessarily a nurse or midwife (subject to change in line with NMC guidance) but a person who will oversee the learning experience, ensure the learning environment is safe and that the host organisation has the relevant policies, insurance and has agreed to host the student
  • all documentation needs to have been agreed by a member of the programme team in liaison with the Off Campus Learning (OCL) hub.
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Please note:



If reassessment in clinical practice is required, the programme team may need to change this placement allocation for reassessment.



Out of area and specifically the possibility to go abroad, may be impacted if a student needs to attend campus for reassessment during the placement period.



If you have any queries, please contact Pam Donaghy, Senior Lecturer Nursing and Civic Engagement lead.