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Absence on placement

As honorary employees of the placement area, students must comply with all sickness and absence reporting procedures of the placement area. This includes the submission of medical certification of sickness and occupational health reviews as appropriate. In addition, students MUST inform the University and Placement Link Tutor of any absences during periods of practice placement on a daily basis.
However, it is recommended that in any circumstance where students are absent for more than two or three days, this is discussed with the Programme link. Significant amounts of lost hours due to sickness could be made up within the placement if this is feasible (at the discretion of the placement and University), or made up at a future date. Whilst monitored by the team, it is also the student’s responsibility to keep a tally of their hours, and where significant numbers of hours have been lost, this should be discussed with a member of the placement team. 

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