Student Placement Hours

University of Leeds Guidance In Relation To Hours Worked In Practice Placements for Healthcare Students

General principles

The health and safety of students and the people they are caring for is paramount when considering hours of work.

The current European Working Time Directive does not allow employees to average more than 48 hours work per week and states that there should be an 11 hour break between the end of one shift and the beginning of the next. Although not bound by the Directive, students should work the weekly hours stipulated in the programme plan and no more than 48 hours in any one week. Students should have an 11 hour break between shifts.

Students should comply with the requirements of the professional body that approves their programme in relation to the hours worked in placement. For example, the Nursing and Midwifery Council requires students to undertake 24 hour, 7 days a week care. This means that students must normally undertake some night duty and weekend working each year dependent on the nature of the placement.