Student nurses

Training our student nurses

Located in central London, GOSH offers you the chance to train at one of the world's leading children's hospitals.

With the widest range of paediatric specialities under one roof in the UK, and a simulation programme bespoke to student nurses, your placement experience at GOSH will be completely unique.

Our extensive student education programme and dedicated team of student practice facilitators will help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your training. While on placement with us, all of our student nurses benefit from the following:

Unique clinical experience

With the widest range of paediatric specialities in the UK, our student nurses develop their experience in a unique clinical setting. Placements take place on within a range of departments including Cardiorespiratory, Critical Care Services, Immunology, Cancer, Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Medicine, Medicine, Diagnostics and Therapeutic Services, Neurosciences, Outpatients, Research, Surgery and International and Private Patients.

Supporting our students

Our priority is to ensure that all of our student nurses are well supported. Our friendly and dedicated team of student practice facilitators will help you get the most out of your placement with us. We take the emotional wellbeing of all of nurses with the utmost importance and provide an extensive support network specifically designed for student nurses. 

The student practice facilitator team at GOSH is available to all student nurses throughout every placement and is unique in that it is the only practice facilitator team in the NHS dedicated to paediatric nursing students. This means that our student nurses have protected support time that is guaranteed through their placement experience. 

All of our student nurses are allocated a mentor who will supervise and support them while on placement, and there is also a student nurse forum which runs 2 hours a week and provides the opportunity for students of all cohorts to reflect on their experience and support one another.

Simulation programme

Our student nurses are able to access our clinical simulation centre and participate in scenario-based learning using state-of-the-art interactive teaching tools. We offer a simulation programme bespoke to student nurses run by dedicated Practice Educators for pre-registration simulation learning.

The simulation programme is run in collaboration with other clinical teams to help build team working skills and represent a realistic working ward environment. The training helps to develop confidence, communication skills and emotional resilience. It also helps match theory to practice over the 3 years and is mapped out according to university curriculum.

The training reflects the skills needed on placement and is designed to help students through their OSCEs. The intention is to use a variety of approaches to provide exposure, experience and clinical practice with a range of nursing skills and clinical scenarios.

The Skills Clinic

Split into Junior and Senior skills sessions, the skills clinic offers students a combination of theory and practical teaching. Subjects covered include; care of the surgical child, cardiology, respiratory, sepsis management, ward-based shift learning and Oral/IV workshops

Student Forum

This provides the opportunity for students of all cohorts to come together and reflect on their practice using peer support to guide through any challenges or questions.

Join us

Find out how you can become a student nurse at GOSH.

Student nurses

We offer placements to pre-registration children’s nursing students in a variety of high quality clinical settings. Placements at GOSH are available to students at any of our partner universities:

· Buckinghamshire New University

· City University 

· University of Hertfordshire

· King's College London

· Kingston University

· London Southbank University 

· University of Surrey

· University of West London

Read more about why you should choose GOSH for your student placement.

Elective placements for students

Children’s nursing students at other universities can still undertake an elective placement at GOSH. These elective placements are offered throughout the year for a two to four-week period. Places are limited and availability depends on the demand from our partner universities, as our hosted students take priority. For more information please email nurse.elective@gosh.nhs.uk

Applications will be reviewed for placements within the below timeframes for 2020:

2 March 2020 – 15 March 2020 (Last applications: 6 January 2021)
10 August 2020 – 6 September 2020 (Waiting list only)

There is a committed team of Practice Assessors across the wards to ensure that pre-registration nurses are supported whilst in practice. At GOSH we also have a dedicated Student Practice Facilitator team to provide additional support to pre-registration students.