As part of the response to COVID-19, emergency legislation was passed that enabled second and third year undergraduate students, and postgraduate students, to undertake paid placements to support the NHS. As the system moves into the recovery phase the arrangements for paid placements will come to an end on 31 July.
Any student in the last six months of their programme on paid placement will be fully paid until the end of their employment contract offer, unless this arrangement is voluntarily ended by the student. All other students will transition back to the standard (unpaid) placement system enabling them to progress with their education programmes and complete their qualifications.
While most final year students will be able to qualify and start full time work by the end of July those with practice hours to complete will be paid until September, unless they voluntarily end this arrangement.
There may be a small number of students for whom there is a period of time between completing their course and receiving their professional registration. In these circumstances employers should consider what other employment options are open to them until they are able to start work as a registered healthcare professional.
Student nurses and midwives
Health Education England (HEE) is working to re-establish normal supernumerary placements in preparation for the withdrawal of the NMC Emergency Standards from 30 September and the start of the new academic year.
Further guidance and frequently asked questions can be found on the HEE website.
Allied Health Professions students
At the outset of the COVID-19 emergency, a commitment was made to ensure AHP students were supported to complete their studies and to be ready to join the Health and Care Professions Council register. HEE is now looking at the transition back to standard placements enabling students to progress with their education programmes.
Further guidance and frequently asked questions can be found on the HEE website (pdf).