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Elective placements

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International Nurses Welcome and Guidance Booklet

Mildmay has produced this booklet to assist staff coming from overseas with their orientation and adjustment to living and working in the UK.

Click on the image to download a PDF of the booklet.

An elective can provide an 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.

It 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.

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Find out more:

In the first instance, please contact Mildmay's Registered & Compliance 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.


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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