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Placements and electives

Mildmay presents a unique learning environment, and students have a wide range of opportunities to develop their general as well as specialist knowledge and skills during their placement here.

You will be able to work closely with a multidisciplinary team consisting of a medical team led by a medical director, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a dietician, physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, a speech and language therapist, nurses, healthcare support workers, a therapies assistant, a social worker, a drug and alcohol worker, multi-denominational chaplains and volunteers.

We accept students from a large range of disciplines, from social work and medicine to dietetics and chaplaincy.

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What is an elective?

An elective is a period spent away from your medical school, often abroad. Many students say it's one of their most memorable experiences. The timing of the elective and how long it lasts depends on your medical school, but they are normally for 6-12 weeks.


An elective can provide insight into a specialist area not offered by your course. It can help you gain extra experience/skills for your CV; for example, organising your own placement can demonstrate proactivity, planning or negotiation skills, making sure you develop useful employability skills during the placement itself, for example, problem-solving, flexibility and resourcefulness.

Your elective gives you the chance to find out more about yourself and what you want to do in the future. It allows you to explore a particular area of medicine or something different, such as research or teaching. You can choose from a wide range of experiences.

An elective can also help you to:
  • Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set

  • Become more confident and resourceful

  • Sharpen your language and communication skills

  • Build your personal and professional network

  • Make yourself more employable.

Education Exchange Programme (EdEx)

We provide important, reciprocal learning experiences for trainee GPs and local clinical staff through short-term placements at Kumi Hospital in Eastern Uganda.

Dr Helen Rochford And Dr Amy Cleese, the trainee GPs who completed the pilot visit in March 2023

Find out more:

In the first instance, please contact Mildmay's Registered Manager, Teri Milewska:

Mildmay is at the vanguard of social work training and education

Mildmay’s social work team, headed up by Lead Social Worker, Beverly Nelson, supports vulnerable patients within our hospital. It offers patients wrap-around care that is respectful, inclusive, and considerate of all care and support needs. Mildmay’s social work team works with patients, their carers, family, and advocate to promote collaborative working, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminative practices.

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"It has been so lovely to be at Mildmay for the last few months. I have felt very welcomed into the team and learned so much from my time here, which I will be able to take forward into my career. Thank you all for supporting my learning, it has definitely been challenging at times, but there has always been someone there to offer guidance and kind words! It is a great organisation and I have been very impressed by the level of genuine care and support patients receive."

Jamie J

May 2024


Mahmoud - Dietetics Student

Hi, my name is Mahmoud, a final-year dietetics student at King's College London. A fellow dietetics student and I conducted our public health placement at Mildmay, and it was absolutely amazing.


The team here are brilliant, and I really felt at home the moment I walked through the doors. The atmosphere and energy of the team are like no other. From patient-centred care to inclusive, multidisciplinary meetings, Mildmay is a wonderful place to work.


As part of our placement, we developed various resources for the team. These included: 13 budget-friendly recipes, a shopping list, an information sheet on BDA recommendations and detox nutrition information, 7-day menus (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and a report on patient satisfaction.


I want to say a massive thank you to the team at Mildmay and especially to Kattya, our inspiring supervisor. I hope to work with you all again!

I just wanted to email to say thank you for facilitating my placement at Mildmay. Over my short time here, I've learnt how to support two patient groups with which I had had very little contact previously. Supporting these patient groups has been complex and left me reflective at times, but many of my encounters with patients and staff have been uplifting and I've witnessed an atmosphere of positivity and hope. The holistic multi-disciplinary care at Mildmay has been very impressive and a lifeline to patients. 


I wanted to find an elective which would help me to challenge myself and you have given me exactly that and more. As I progress into my final year, I will take with me what I have learned at Mildmay. In Scotland, we have Waverley Care which is a Hep C and HIV charity that operates Milestone House in Edinburgh- the closest equivalent I can find in Scotland! This experience has inspired me to seek volunteer opportunities within this charity. 


Finally, I have discussed this placement with my friends and family, and I have recounted this quote many times as I believe it fits Mildmay-


the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” - Gandhi.


All the best to staff and patients,

2nd-year nursing student,
Edinburgh University

"The reputation of Mildmay and the highly specialised services that are offered are second to none, and such a testament to the power of applying a holistic, person-centred approach, and to be able to observe this would be invaluable in developing my understanding of care, especially when supporting people with illnesses that, unfortunately, still carry stigma.

I am particularly interested in the specialised pathway that Mildmay provides to people who are experiencing homelessness. This seems such an important and very much-needed service; prior to beginning nursing I worked and volunteered with people experiencing homelessness as a result of the asylum system, and witnessing the health inequalities they experienced was a huge factor that inspired me to begin my training."

2nd-year adult nursing student,
Manchester Metropolitan University

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