University of Leeds Guidance In Relation To Hours Worked In Practice Placements for Healthcare Students
The health and safety of students and the people they are caring for is paramount when considering hours of work.
Students are expected to work the allocated hours up to a maximum of 37.5 hours or 5 short days a week. If you are entitled to work long days in your clinical area or are on nights, you can work a maximum of 3 long days / nights a week. This will leave you with a deficit of hours that can be made up with an early or late shift. Any exception to this maximum number of hours must be made in agreement with the local PLF, your PA and your Academic Advisor
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.