The practice learning environment plays a critical role in the learning of students on health and social care courses. It is within these environments that our students are given the opportunity to bring together the theory that they have learned within the classroom into the real word. From the beginning our aim has been to ensure that we are improving the experiences and outcomes of our Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Other Minoritised Ethnic students to create a positive learning environment in which students can thrive and that placement providers can feel empowered. Moreover, it is our desire to create an environment of allyship, collective solidarity and intentional inclusion.
Through the Bridging the Gap to Leadership we have co-created with our students and worked collaboratively with NHS Trusts and other key placements providers to provide a holistic approach to learning both within the classroom and the practice learning environment. The project has demonstrated significant positive impact on our students, academics and external stakeholders.
Impact on our Students
‘My favourite aspect of the experience was seeing the development and growth of the other students. Seeing our personal growth, our remarkable achievements and genuine desire to strive for equality was refreshing and encouraging’
‘I enjoyed the fact the placement was around a very interesting topic which has a huge impact in society’
Impact on Practice Learning
‘Really appreciating the extent to which BAME students are affected and how much we can all support and help change things within not just education but the workplace as a whole’– Evaluation feedback from one placement provider