Using the hub and spoke student placement model in learning disability settings
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Using the hub and spoke student placement model in learning disability settings

Alex McClimens Senior research fellow, Sheffield Hallam University, England
Jacqui Brewster Senior lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, England

The hub and spoke model of nursing student placement has been around in various guises for some time. What began as an informal and unplanned arrangement is now policy, as student learners on placements are increasingly located across a range of environments to gain different experiences. Most commentaries on hub and spoke focus on the experiences of permanent staff and students on adult nursing programmes. This article describes a small-scale case study that examined perspectives on a hub and spoke placement programme of students taking a joint learning disability and social work degree. It also considers the placement providers’ perspectives. Analysis shows that service providers focused on accommodating students as best they could within the parameters of their service and that, although the students found the experience disorienting initially, they appreciated the benefits of moving between localities

Learning Disability Practice. 20, 3, 34-38. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2017.e1832


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This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 January 2017

Accepted: 30 January 2017

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