What is the background behind increasing the number of undergraduate placements in GP?

In the current climate of a stretched and ageing workforce, introducing undergraduate students to roles in GP increases the number of students likely to consider primary care as a first-choice career post-qualification. South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub is  seeking to increase the capacity of learning placements across the area in order to secure the primary care workforce of the future.

The details:


Practice receives £120 per week, per student, payable at the end of the placement. Practices can have more than one student.


Students are allocated by the University, in conjunction with the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Primary Care Training Hub. Practices are asked to take at least 3 students over the course of one year.


Practices need to meet a set of criteria designed to ensure that all placements are good quality. An audit of the practice needs to be undertaken by the University Lead Link Lecturer for the practice area and the practice must be added to the PPQA database of educational placements. The practice manager must sign an LDA (Learning Development Agreement) with the Hub, to agree a commitment to providing a quality placement for undergraduate nurses.

Hub placements (usually 8-12 week blocks) will require a Mentor trained on an NMC-approved Mentorship course to assess that the undergraduate nurse has met their competencies. The Mentor will need to be on the Mentor register, to have had an annual Mentor update and to have completed an up-to-date Triennial Review.

‘Sign Off’ placements (usually 12-15 week blocks) will require a Mentor trained on an NMC-approved Mentorship course who has also undertaken additional ‘Sign Off’ training to Mentor a final placement student and to sign them off as capable of safe and efficient practice, fit to be on the professional register.

Spoke placements (usually 3-4 week ‘experience’ placements) do not require trained Mentors at the practice; students can spend time both with nurses at the practice and with other clinicians/ linked services to ensure that they have a varied and multi-professional experience.

Our hub can support your practice to meet the above requirements, by providing the following:

  • support to meet the standards required to become a Training Practice
  • advice on training to achieve Mentor status (there is sometimes funding available for this)
  • advice on training to achieve Sign-Off Mentor status
  • Twice-yearly Mentor updates in Rotherham, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster and Sheffield, in conjunction with University Lead Link Lecturers for each area
  • Advice and support on Mentor updates and Triennial Reviews

Interested in finding out more about hosting undergraduate placements?