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Student Placements

Livewell is proud to support and facilitate student placements across the organisation for a range of courses and disciplines.

We have strong links with local universities and colleges and staff who will be best placed to source you a placement. We can direct you  towards recruitment or work experience to ensure you have an honorary contract or visitors declaration in place before you start.

If your request is for work experience to support your current programme or course (work experience is defined as no longer than 2 weeks / 50 hours or 12 sessions, and is usually observational), click here.

Profession Specific Undergraduate Placements

We have workplace agreements to support students studying at the University of Plymouth. Other institutions would need an honorary contract issuing as part of any placement agreed with us.

All placement availability is subject to capacity levels of our clinical services. Certain times of the year are busier and unfortunately not all requests can be supported.

If you are a current undergraduate student seeking an optional placement for your practice experience please contact:

Nursing: Helen Sykes [email protected]
Occupational Therapy: Helen Newman-Allen [email protected]
Health Visiting: Sarah Gardner [email protected]
Physiotherapy: Charlotte Bailey [email protected] or Helen Newman-Allen [email protected]
All other Undergraduate Allied Health Professions Courses: Helen Newman-Allen [email protected]
Social Work: Lawrence Badman Richards [email protected] 
Psychiatry: Medical Staffing, for the attention of Dr Scott [email protected]
PWP (studying at Exeter University): Debbie Porter [email protected]
Psychology Undergraduate (studying at the University of Plymouth) seeking a year long placement incorporated as part of your programme, please liaise with your University Placement Officer, Lindsey Marshall [email protected] and apply through the adverts from Livewell posted via the University.
Psychology Post-Graduate placements (MSc, DForenPsy, DCounsPsy etc): Colin Turner [email protected]
Psychotherapy placements (BACP, UKCP, BABCP): Colin Turner [email protected]
Other Psychology Enquiries: Colin Turner [email protected]

Other Placement Requests: Non Undergraduate. Due to the volume of requests, we can’t support clinical placements unless through the University, however if you contact Marie Brayne [email protected] she will be able to check if you meet the work experience criteria instead.

Year 12/13 Further Education Courses

If your request is for work experience to support your current programme / course / A-levels, click here. 

Most courses will usually only require you to observe with no formal assessment requirements, this can be facilitated through a visitor declaration and these can be arranged by contacting Steve Elford [email protected]


If you are a Student at Discovery College Plymouth

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Diploma in Health and Social Care
BTEC Lv 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
NCFE/CACHE Technical Lv 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator)
NCFE/CACHE Lv 2 Technical Certificate in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings

Your placement requirement will usually be 52 hours (maximum at Livewell) over one day per week – please contact Steve Elford [email protected] as we would support you through a visitor declaration.