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Social work education and training

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Mildmay has been at the vanguard of social work education for over five years. Students from in and around London are placed at Mildmay to complete their social work placement.
Mildmay makes a positive contribution to training the next generation of social workers.

Mildmay’s social work team, headed up by Lead Social Worker, Beverley 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.


Mildmay offers students the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside consultants, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists,  doctors, nurses, and community nurse specialists. Students also can work with multi-disciplinary teams outside of the hospital to plan patients discharge.

Due to the complexity of the needs of patients, cases often require multi-skilled and diverse professionals to meet their needs. Students have the opportunity to work with patients from the point of admission to the point of discharge and handing over to the community teams.


Mildmay is a unique hospital that offers its patients a place to heal and a place to reconnect with family, friends, and loved ones. We help patients to build a support network that promotes wellbeing and social inclusion once patients have been discharged. Mildmay’s social work team prides itself in building and maintaining a positive relationship with patients to ensure that patient care is personalised and meets their assessed needs.

A message from a Clinical Nurse Specialist in relation to a patient who recently left Mildmay:

"Dear Beverley and the whole team at Mildmay,


Good morning. A note to send you our warmest appreciation for all the care and support with J____. He has attended our community Clinic today and has settled well so far. He has also asked me to say thank you to you all for all the care and attention he received.


Wishing you all a good day

Kind regards


Head of HIV Community Services

Wembley Centre for Health and Care"

Find out more:

Students at all levels are welcome to support their learning. We offer you the real-life experience of working with service users at a pace suited to your learning needs and ensuring support is available to help you in your learning journey.

The presence of a multi-disciplinary team means that students also have the opportunity to work with and learn from other professionals.

In the first instance, please contact Mildmay's Lead Social Worker, Beverley Nelson:

Elective Placements

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.