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Students nurses and midwives

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Considering a career as a nurse or midwife?


Here at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we support learners from a wide variety of professions and have links with many different universities.


We have a wealth of experienced, enthusiastic and talented mentors who take great pleasure in working with you as a learner during your training so you will always feel supported.


We work very closely with our partner universities to ensure our practice placements are aligned with the professional courses ensuring you get the most from your experiences on the wards.


Nursing and Midwifery – If you are looking for an exciting and dynamic career and think you might have what it takes to become a nurse or midwife we would love to support you in this journey.


We provide practice placements to hundreds of students each year in many different environments during training.


These may include: Theatres, Paediatric wards, Cardiology, Elderly Care, Oncology, Paediatrics A&E, Delivery Suite, Midwife lead unit, Intensive Care Unit, Trauma & Orthopaedics and many more.


The Trust’s partner university is the University of West London, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Click here to find out more about studying nursing at the University of West London.


There are employment opportunities within the Trust on completion of the course and we will support you in this transition. 


Return to Practice - If you have been a registered nurse or midwife in the past and are interested in returning to practice in Berkshire we work with different universities and provide practice placements to support you on this journey.

If you are interested please click here.


Guide for elective midwifery students - Are you a midwifery student in their final year and looking to experience midwifery in another another unit. Then please click here for the exciting opportunity to work alongside experienced midwives and other members of the multidisciplinary team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. 


Funding - Health Education Funding in England from 2017


Here’s what student nurses and midwives have said about our learning environments:

 ‘My excellent mentor made my placement relevant and very useful’ Midwifery student, Delivery Suite


‘A very friendly and hard working team who provide excellent quality care’. - Adult nursing student, Hopkins ward


‘The Mentors and co mentors are excellent and very knowledgeable. They train students to a very high standard’. – Adult nursing student, the Trauma Unit


‘The care provided for babies and their families on buscot ward was excellent, and personalised to each family’. – Midwifery student, Buscot, Special Care Baby Unit


‘A great placement, numerous learning opportunities and supportive staff who all took the time to support my learning’. – Child Nurse student, Paediatrics A&E


‘My mentor on this placement was the best mentor I've had.  She was friendly, caring, happy to see me, and supportive and pushed me to do my best, giving me every opportunity she could to experience everything possible.  When I questioned myself, she supported me and helped boost my confidence.  She had regular conversations with me about my learning outcomes and objectives, what I expected from the placement, and made sure that I was able to achieve everything we set out for me.  If there was a Mentor of the Year award, I'd nominate her.  I had support from each person in the team, and I was always made to feel like part of something special’. – Child Nurse student, Kempton Paediatric Day Bed Unit


‘Every day I learnt something new, whether it was a clinical skill, communication with patient or another healthcare professional during different circumstances’. - Midwifery student, Iffley ward


‘This is one of the best placements. I was challenged to carry out tasks under supervision which enabled me to build my confidence. During my initial interview my mentor and I agreed on a plan to work towards my learning outcomes and it really worked well. Caring for 4 patients during my shift whilst under supervision enabled me to build my confidence and manage working under pressure.
’ - Adult nursing student, Hurley ward


‘The teamwork on Kennet ward is amazing, everybody works well together and the ward is very well organised. All the staff are well supported and I felt well supported as a student nurse’.  – Adult nursing student, Kennet ward


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