ND1.2 – Pre-placement, Making the First Contact Count

Section 2 explores pre-placement support, resources and approaches to achieve a positive placement start. Working in an inclusive work and learning culture is crucial to reducing staff attrition and enhances productivity, team working and morale in the workplace. Environments where inclusivity is valued can provide safe spaces for healthcare students to learn and grow in their professional identity and confidence.

Your healthcare profession’s governing body will have practice educator guidelines and policies regarding Diversity, Equity and Belonging and your Trust may have EDI networks and champions that can help provide further information.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how to support individuals in a person-centred approach
  • Create an Inclusive learning environment and feel equipped to support neurodivergent learners.
  • Gain the confidence to approach difficult or sensitive conversations with neurodivergent students, such as around disclosure, support and feedback.

Before we begin, listen to this short clip explaining the difference between equity and equality and why this contributes to a safe working culture.

Listen to James’ experience of the pre-placement process and the influence it had on his placement experience. 

Listen to Carrie Biddle and Chloe talk about One Page Profiles and why they are useful in the workplace. (One Page Profiles have been attached in resources).

See below an example of a Practice Educator One Page Profile.

This highlights the importance of receiving the right support and opportunities for disclosure conversations. We will explore what initial support can look like in the next section.


NHS equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) improvement plan

SSHINE website: http://sshine.info

NHS England: Educator Workforce Strategy

Creating an Inclusive Workspace NHS England (03.2023), Educator Workforce Strategy https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/educator-workforce-strategy

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