What could a rural placement do for you?

Rural placements offer the opportunity for students to further their professional development in an environment that offers many new experiences. This includes the chance to meet new people in both professional and social circumstances. Rural placements provide an understanding of the rural health service provision and students will deepen their understanding of rural communities and issues related to rural health.

Further Information


At Swansea University we offer a wide range of clinical experiences within south west Wales. The placements available cover a wide range of geographical areas and students will be expected to travel or stay in accommodation to maximise the placement opportunities available to them. We will, wherever possible, be sensitive to the students residential and travel requirements when allocating placements and extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.

The majority of rural placements are in Ceredigion and Powys, which includes placement opportunities within Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth. Many of these areas are currently underutilised, and with fewer students attending the learning experience is excellent. Trained mentors will guide and advise you and are eager to welcome students into their teams. One of the community teams from a rural area was a finalist in the Student Nursing Times Awards in 2014!

Interesting and varied spoke placements will also be available to enhance and improve existing skills and knowledge. Students will become key members of the local health team - making an important difference in how essential health services are disseminated in the community. Developing personal and professional skills will strengthen career development; many rural areas will be increasing job opportunities over the next few years.


The accommodation for rural placements is organised through the placements team and we endeavour to ensure that they are suitable and comfortable for the needs of the student. The expenses which are paid to the student depend on the relevant policy and what the student is entitled to.  Further advice can be provided on this. Students will not be expected to attend rural placements alone, the aim being to send students in pairs or small groups. A placement in a rural area will be an enjoyable life experience which will benefit those students who optimise the experiences available to them.

Our students say...

"I'm on my second placement in Brecon at the minute.  I really enjoyed the acute placement Oct 2014 to Dec 2014 and asked if I could come back for the CMHT which is also going really well.

"It was lovely being on Felindre Ward; all the staff were really welcoming, friendly and involved me in everything I needed to be getting stuck into for my learning experience.  It was good to see how services are run in a rural area and because there was only me and one other student on placement there, we were spoilt for choice with things to be getting involved with.

"My current placement with Brecon CMHT is going equally as well; I'm the only student here, my mentor and all the other staff are great and again, they're all really good at getting me involved in things for me to be able to get the best out of my experience.  It's good to be able to get continuity with the CMHT after being on the ward last time; it seems to help the processes make sense.

"I've tried expressing to people in university about how good these placements are and I think a few of the girls are up for it - It's really good to see how services on all levels are run in different areas but I'm also finding the learning experience much better as well."


Kristy Thomas – S13 Mental Health