Guys St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is a large teaching hospital that strives for excellence for all learners.
Guys St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has close links with it’s partner universities: Kings College London King’s College London – Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and London South Bank University Home | London South Bank University. Once a place at university is secured, an NHS Trust is appointed where clinical placements will be offered. 50% of the course is spent in university and 50% is spent in clinical practice.
Guys St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated Trust offering in-hospital and out of hospital (community) placements. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) stipulates the student needs a ‘rounded’ experience during their training. This includes medical, surgical, critical care and community exposure. The placements are planned throughout the duration of the training to ensure there is variety. A community circuit is also offered whereby the majority of the placements are out of hospital services.
The student body at Guys St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is valued and opportunities are provided to meet with the Chief Nurse each term to learn about the latest initiatives in the Trust and to feedback on their clinical placements. Teaching is also provided on a weekly basis delivered by clinical experts. There is a designated email address for students to contact the Education Team with any queries or concerns. Student Nurses can join our Trust Bank as a Nursing Assistant after 6 months of training to enable them to increase their knowledge and skills, as well as to supplement their income while they are training.
At Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust there are a large number of mentors and everyday facilitators in the Trust. These are governed by NMC standards and are there to ensure the appropriate teaching and assessment opportunities are available within the Trust.
“Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is a very special place as we strive at all times to put the patient at the centre of everything we do. This is only possible because of the wonderful staff we employ and the students we train.”
Dame Eileen Sills
Chief Nurse, Director of Patient Experience