Within Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) we are able to support learning opportunities for students from varied backgrounds. We see this as a positive opportunity to not only promote our services and clinical professions but to develop our services and future workforce. 

We support learning at every stage of a career from work experience opportunities for those looking to gain an insight into future career options, undertaking health and social care courses, professional registration healthcare programmes, return to practice courses, health and social care apprenticeships and continual professional development programmes.

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Most pre-registration healthcare professional programmes such as Mental Health Nursing and Occupational Therapy have a requirement to undertake practice placements as part of their learning and registration. We are keen to maintain positive practice experiences for students as they are the potential future workforce for the trust and we want them to stay with us when they qualify.

There is a wealth of placement opportunities across the Trust that enhance students skills and knowledge and give a varied experience throughout the placement learning opportunities.

KMPT strongly believe in the value of student placements and we look to offer every opportunity to our students to make the most of their time with us. We aim to provide students with the placement learning and experience that will enable them to seek successful employment with us. We love to find enthusiastic students who make the most of the placements with us. We believe working in mental health is a great honour and we look to find students who share in our values, aims, objectives and ethos.


Practice Placement Facilitators

Both Nursing and Allied Health Professional students, mentors and educators are supported in practice by the Practice Placement Facilitators, whose role is to ensure the quality and quantity of placements within the trust.

The Practice Placement Facilitators allocate and coordinate student placements within the trust whilst also supporting mentors/educators in over 100 placement settings. We aim to maximise the learning opportunities available to all students within placement settings and endeavour to promote inter professional learning in practice, whilst supporting the developmental needs of mentors/educators.

The PPFs achieve this in the following ways:

  • Work with placement areas to maintain a high standard of placements.
  • Keep mentors / educators updated in line with their professional body requirements and practice education issues.
  • Work closely with the Health Education England and local universities in the recruitment and development of health staff.
  • Combining curriculum needs and placement capacity to ensure that all students receive an adequate and equitable practice placement experience.


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Contact us

Allied Health Professionals
(OT, Physio, SaLT, Paramedic)
Teresa Buchan – (pre-registration and return to practice)
Mob: 07825386072
Tel: 01662 722127

Please visit the medical education page.

Lorraine Jacobs – Nursing (pre-registration and return to practice)
Mob: 07733480972
Tel: 01622 725000 ext. 6232

Psychology students
Nicola Oatham Edwards - Trust Professional Lead for Psychological Practice

Work Experience
Fiona Anderson - Work experience and Apprenticeships
Tel: 07590 328593

Mental Health support and advice