Contractual requirements for placements

Workplace Agreement (WPA)

This is an agreement between the University and the placement provider.

It must be signed by both parties and be in place before students are placed.

The key areas covered relate to:

  • Reviewing of placement numbers
  • Termination of a placement
  • Occupational health
  • Criminal records screening
  • University obligations (e.g. relating to training of supervisors, standards of supervision, monitoring student progress, etc.)
  • Placement provider obligations (e.g. relating to student induction, student access to facilities, etc.)
  • Liability
  • Indemnities
  • Insurance
  • Supernumerary status

Learning Development Agreement (LDA)

This is an agreement between Health Education England and the placement provider. In the South West it is managed by Health Education South West (HESW).

The LDA is initiated by HESW, once the University has advised them that a student has been placed.

It enables HESW to pay the tariff to the placement provider at the end of the year.

The key areas covered relate to:

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Occupational health and Disclosure And Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Induction
  • Liability and insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Workforce planning and workforce development
  • Patient safety
  • Clinical supervision
  • Bands 1-4 workforce
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate non-medical placements
  • Undergraduate medical placements
  • Doctors in training
  • The placement provider’s premises
  • Learning management systems
  • Library and knowledge services
  • Quality assurance
  • Exchange of information
  • Funding
  • Education placement partnership principles

Contact us

Andrew Cunningham, Healthcare Practice Placement Development Lead (Devon/Somerset)
Mobile: +44 7773 489782 Phone: +44 1752 585490 Email:
Janet Peacock, Healthcare Practice Placement Development Lead (Cornwall/Somerset)
Mobile: +44 7973 721843 Email:
Adele Kane, Academic Lead, Private Sector Placement Development Team
Mobile: +44 7725 220374 Email:
Sue Twose, PDT Lead Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and PVI Sector Somerset
Tel: +44 7850 241683 Email: 
Sharon Evans, Academic Lead, for private, voluntary and independent sector (Cornwall)
Tel: +44 1872 256465 Email: 
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