Information for students on undergraduate programmes

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to present our Health and Social Care services with unprecedented challenges and changes.  These changes have not only affected delivery of services, they have also affected the education programmes of all students – medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health professions (AHP) and social work.

This section contains the most recent information for our nursing, midwifery, AHP and social work students


Nursing and Midwifery Students

The Scottish Government and the NMC have committed to students retaining their supernumerary status and their position in the clinical area as learners. All students should be adequately supported to complete academic studies and meet the NMC requirements relating to clinical practice hours in accordance with their individual circumstances.

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Students’ Return to Supernumerary Practice Learning Experiences – applying the COVID-19 Occupational Risk Assessment Guidance (September 2020) provides information on how education providers in Scotland in partnership with practice learning providers may mitigate risks of return to supernumerary status. Students must complete a COVID risk assessment prior to commencing practice learning and then annually or should their circumstances change. 
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Information about vaccines for students

There is a national commitment that vaccinations are for all front-line staff including nursing students across all health and social care settings.  Nursing and Midwifery students are receiving the same access to vaccinations as other staff in the placement areas.  Scottish Government guidance for NHS Boards on vaccinations for students on placements is available.  For further advice on vaccinations see the RCN pages on COVID-19 and Vaccinations.


If you have any queries about COVID-19 as a student please contact your programme lead at university or the relevant PEF/CHEF for your area.