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NHS placement locations

All of our healthcare courses delivered through the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences involve work placements, which may mean you have to travel to various locations. You will be advised of your predominant area of placement practice, however please be aware that your placements may cover a wide geographical location and you are likely to undertake placements in more than one area during your course. For more detailed information about your placement areas visit our placement pages.

We have ten NHS placement locations

Bournemouth

You may undertake placements here during the Midwifery, Adult or Mental Health Nursing courses, or if you study Operating Department Practice. We work closely with The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and with the Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust. Your other placements will be within Dorset or Hampshire.

Poole

You may be based in and around Poole if you are studying Adult Nursing, Midwifery, Children's & Young People’s Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Operating Department Practice. As well as the Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, we also have ties with the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Your other placements will be within Dorset or Hampshire.

Salisbury

Students on the Adult, Children's & Young People’s, or Mental Health Nursing courses, as well as those studying Midwifery or Operating Department Practice may go on placements here. We work with the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Your other placements will be within Wiltshire or Somerset.

West Dorset

This is a potential placement location for students on the Adult, Children's & Young People’s or Mental Health Nursing courses, and we work closely with the Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust in this area. Your other placements will be within Dorset or Hampshire.

Yeovil

You may undertake placements in Yeovil if you are on the Operating Department Practice, Midwifery, Adult or Children's & Young People’s Nursing courses. We have links to the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Please note that students on the Adult Nursing course who are based in Yeovil are taught at University Centre Yeovil as well as the main Bournemouth University campuses. Your other placements will be within Somerset.

Winchester/Basingstoke

This is a potential placement location for students on the Midwifery course, where we work with the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. You will be taught at St Mary’s Community Health Campus in Portsmouth if you are undertaking placements here. Your other placements will be within Hampshire.

Portsmouth

Students on the Midwifery course may undertake placements at the Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust. If this is your placement location, you will be taught at St Mary’s Community Health Campus in Portsmouth. Your other placements will be within Hampshire.

Isle of Wight

This is also a possible placement location for students on the Midwifery course. We work with St Mary’s Hospital Newport and if this is one of the hospitals where you will undertake placements, you’ll be taught at St Mary’s Community Health Campus in Portsmouth. Your other placements will be on the Isle of Wight.

Dorchester

You may be based here for your placements if you are on the Midwifery or Operating Department Practice courses. We work closely with Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Winterbourne Hospital (BMI). Your other placements will be within Dorset.

Taunton

Students on the Operating Department Practice course may have their placements in Taunton, where we work alongside Musgrove Park Hospital.

Being a car driver/owner is beneficial to help you access your placements easily, but it is not essential. Placement allocations are made primarily to ensure students receive the breadth of experience required to meet the professional body requirements for qualification and ensure a well-rounded education and experience. The university works closely with our practice partners to ensure a variety of experiences are available for our students. This means not all of your placements will be close to term time accommodation and, occasionally, a placement may require you to live away from home. The NHS Bursaries office will inform you of which travel and accommodation expenses you may be able to claim back as a result of block placements away from home/Bournemouth. Find out more on our NHS finance page.