A collaborative approach to developing student placements in care homes
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A collaborative approach to developing student placements in care homes

Sue Tiplady Senior lecturer, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Juliana Thompson Senior lecturer, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Carole Proud Director of practice placements, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

If high-quality, person-centred care is to be provided for older people with complex needs, it is essential that nurse education should aim to extend students’ knowledge and skills in long-term care, and integrated health and social care. Northumbria University, local care homes and NHS organisations have collaborated to develop integrated, cross-sector practice placements that support this learning for nursing students. While there have been challenges in developing these placements, initial feedback is positive, suggesting the placements promote improved interorganisational working and learning for staff as well as students.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2018.e1007

Correspondence

juliana2.thompson@northumbria.ac.uk

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the support of Prestwick Care, Four Seasons Health Care, Barchester Healthcare, Gateshead Vanguard and North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group for supporting this programme. Thank you to Catherine Burn, Jess Hawthorn, Ruth Marshall, Ruth Todd, Sarah Wears and Nadine Cosgrove for consenting to the use of quotes from their feedback for the purposes of this article

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Received: 11 October 2017

Accepted: 22 November 2017

Published online: 29 January 2018