We provide learning opportunities and deliver dynamic pre-registration placements to prepare our nursing and midwifery students for professional life.

We provide placements for 360 Kings College London and Buckinghamshire New University student nurses and 105 midwives every year. Undergraduates wishing to complete clinical placements with us need to apply directly to the university of their choice and request to be placed at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust:

Buckinghamshire New University undergraduate courses

Kings College London undergraduate courses 


Learning with us

We are a teaching hospital. We thrive on sharing our knowledge and skills, and ensuring every student has a positive learning experience during their placement with us. We understand that fostering a good educational environment deeply impacts on patient experience and the quality of care we provide.

We offer our pre-registration nurses and midwives a variety of placements within our clinical specialties across five hospitals, including: trauma, renal, neurology and cardiology.

Read more about our clinical specialities.

You can expect to undertake three placements per year during your studies, each lasting four to 12 weeks. Although placements will vary depending on your university and your course of study.


We make sure our students nurses and midwives feel supported throughout their placements.

We have two learning environment leads who are registered nurses experienced in education and training and supporting learners in practice. They regularly visit students within their clinical environments to discuss any practice-related issues or concerns they may have. Learning environment leads also run feedback sessions and three professional practice clinical learning sessions each semester that students can attend to get additional support and feedback on their experiences.

Students can also expect to have regular contact with their university lecturers who spend half a day a week at the Trust visiting students on placement. Students will always be allocated a qualified mentor within their clinical area who will support them while they complete their placement at the Trust. Mentors are qualified nurses and midwives who have undertaken extra training to support student nurses and midwives through the various stages of their training and approve the clinical competencies students need to undertake as part of their course.

Learning resources

Students can access the Imperial College London libraries on our three main sites: Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals.

Library service

Employment opportunities

Once you have completed your undergraduate programme there are plenty of opportunities for you to start your career with us. If you have undertaken your training at the Trust we’ll endeavour to be able to offer you a position once you’ve qualified.

You will be invited to attend a recruitment day three months before you graduate. Here you’ll find out about career opportunities and how to apply for positions through our fast track process. All of our students are guaranteed an interview if they apply for a role.

Careers at Imperial College Healthcare

Hear from our student

Derek McConachie, Buckinghamshire New University

“Every member of staff made me feel welcome when I first joined. The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury wing, Fraser Gamble ward and De Wardener ward offered me great support and experiences; I'm thankful to them all. All of my mentors, co-mentors and colleagues have been generous in their sharing of knowledge and gave me time to learn under their supervision.


“During all four placements, the nurses and healthcare assistants were keen to take me under their wing and make me feel part of their unique and individual teams. The teams not only provide exemplary patient care, they take pride in their role as educators and mentors in order to teach and support their students.


“Having had such positive experiences at both Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals, I would certainly be open to working at Imperial College Healthcare in the future."