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Clinical Allocations Office

Clinical Allocations Office

Information

Welcome to the Clinical Allocations office page. In this section of the Department of Nursing & Midwifery website students and lecturers can access a wide variety of information relating to practice placements. The menu above can be used to navigate through this section.  The allocations office is responsible for the organisation and co-ordination of clinical placements. Placements take place over a range of our partner health service sites as listed below. Clinical placements for the BSc Nursing (General, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health) programmes are based in the HSE West (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary) and for the BSc Midwifery programme, placements are based in the HSE West and HSE South (Waterford, Clonmel and Kilkenny). Information relating to placements will be communicated to students via the Department of Nursing and Midwifery website, webtext and e-mail. Should you have any difficulty accessing information, please do not hesitate to contact Sheila Nolan, Administrator at sheila.nolan@ul.ie, Office HSG-004, Health Sciences Building, Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Limerick Phone 061-234222.

University of Limerick partner hospitals/services

Programme Partner hospitals/services Website
General University Hospital Limerick www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/uhl
General General    University Hospital Ennis www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/ennis
General University Hospital Nenagh www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/nenagh
General St. Johns Hospital www.stjohnshospital.ie
General St. Camillus Hospital www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/uhl/hospdept/deptmed/GeriatricMedicine
General St. Itas Hospital www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/uhl/hospdept/deptmed/GeriatricMedicine
Mental Health HSE West Mental Health Services www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/LHO/Limerick/Mental_Health_Services/
Midwifery University Maternity Hosp Limerick www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/ulh/mat/
Midwifery St. Lukes Hospital Killkenny www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/lukeskilkenny/
Midwifery Waterford Regional Hospital www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/waterford/
Midwifery South Tipperary Gen Hosp clonmel www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/hospitals/Southtipp
Intellectual Didability Daughters of Charity Services, Lisnagry www.docservice.ie/limerick-services-centres.aspx

Clinical Placements
Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hEireann (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland) is the statutory body which provides for the registration, control and education of nurses and midwives and for other matters relating to nurses and midwives and the practice of nursing and midwifery (An Bord Altranais The Code of Professional Conduct April 2000). Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hEireann Requirements and Standards (2005) determine which placements a student goes on for each of the four undergraduate nursing programmes at the University of Limerick. The planning of each placement is arranged in partnership with the partner services and Allocations Office in UL. Periods of clinical placement occur throughout the four years of the BSc Nursing and Midwifery programmes, both unrostered (supernumerary) placement and internship placement (during the final year). The template of placements, that is exact dates and length of placements are made available to students at the end of each academic year for the year into which they will progress.  The aim of clinical practice learning is to enable students develop the domains of competency and become safe, caring, competent decision-makers willing to accept personal and professional accountability for evidence-based nursing/midwifery care (An Bord Altranais, 2005). The process of allocating students is complex and requires a number of factors to be considered. i.e. working with the demands of both, the partner services, the allocations staff and the programme requirements of the student. This denotes the intricacy of the allocation office role and that a placement will not be changed unless extenuating circumstances prevail and only with agreement of both the partner services and the allocations office UL.

Students' responsibilities while on clinical placements
Unrostered Clinical Placement time is modularised and as such you will receive a grade for each module, which does not affect your QCA. The essential component to successfully completing each module is attendance at 100% of your placement and successful completion and submission of relevant competency documentation which you will be provided with at the beginning of each year of your programme. Students who have not passed this module are provided with repeat placements to clear time deficits and attain competencies. As with all modules students cannot progress to the subsequent year of their programme until all components of clinical placement are successfully completed. Students on clinical placement are subject to the code of conduct of The University of Limerick and the relevant health service area in which they are placed. You are expected to adhere to and be familiar with The Code of Professional Conduct for each Nurse and Midwife 2000, The Guidance for Nursing Students (An Bord Altranais, 2008) / The Guidance for Midwifery Students (An Bord Altranais, 2008). It is expected that students respect all colleagues, patients and clients and behave in a professional manner while on placement.

It is the students’ responsibility primarily to manage their clinical placements i.e. viewing of placement allocations, familiarisation with travel routes and making contact with relevant site personnel.  All relevant information is available on the web Students are expected to attend placement as scheduled.  . Students must to check their off duty from placement site at least one week in advance of the start date by telephone the ward manager. Attendance on placement is recorded in your Competency Assessment Portfolio & Attendance Record document which each student will receive annually. An unrostered clinical placement week is 35 hours. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that attendance records are completed accurately and legible and submitted to Mairéad Hussey, Allocations UL and if relevant to your Allocations Liaison Officer. Absence should also be recorded on attendance sheet. For details, please refer to the BSc student handbook. It is also imperative Competency Assessment Portfolio & Attendance Record document is completed correctly and returned to the Department of Nursing & Midwifery administration office (HSG-004) to ensure that they will receive a ‘P’ (pass) grade for their clinical placement module. Failure to do so will result in students having to repeat placements. This will occur during vacation time and cannot be accommodated during theory time and is at the discretion of the Health Service providers. Please refer to and adhere to the Procedure and Guidelines for Recording Attendance while on Clinical Placement. Students must also adhere to health service protocols for reporting absence from clinical placement.