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Student Practice Education

Welcome Students and Faculty!

Vancouver Coastal Health is committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with our partners through care, education and research. Partners include students and instructors from educational institutions.  We are very proud to host students for their practicum placements and collaborate with educational institutions, faculty, and instructors to ensure students have opportunities to consolidate their learning.  We welcome students' energy, perspective and commitment to learning.

IMPORTANT: Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for Post-Secondary Institutions

Please refer to the COVID-19 Information for Student Practice page for more information on guidelines and requirements related to student placements at VCH.


Update to Respirator Fit-Testing for Students during COVID-19

November 19, 2020 – BC Health Authorities in partnership with the Provincial PPE/N95 Sub-Working Group have issued an update to current approaches for respirator fit-testing for students during the pandemic.

New Provincial Student Practice Education Guidelines during COVID-19 

August 5, 2020 – BCCDC together with the Ministry of Health have published the new Student Practice Guidelines for health care settings during COVID-19. The document provides guidance to schools and health authorities around planning and managing practice education for all health-care disciplines in BC.

New COVID-19 Student Practice Guidelines 

June 15, 2020 - VCH has developed a quick guide to cover new additional practicum requirements for students returning to our facilities. Please note that our regular requirements such as SPECO remain in place.

New enhanced screening process

June 12, 2020 - Vancouver Coastal Health has implemented a new enhanced screening process for students and instructors going to long-term care sites. More info on the Allied Health Students or Nursing Students pages.

How do I submit a placement request?

Educational institutions should request placements through the national web-enabled database, Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet). This is the preferred method of for placement application so the process is streamlined and sites/programs consider requests from one source. Students who wish to request placements at VCH are required to have a school email address.

  • We ask our partner institutions and their students not to contact our sites directly with placement requests. All requests are to be submitted through HSPnet.

  • Out-of-Province Institutions and Students: Prior to entering your request in the system, we will need to know which site(s) the student is interested in. Our VCH Locations and Services is where our students and schools can look up our sites. Once the student has found a site they wish to be considered, they can let their Placing Coordinator know and then the Coordinator can reach out to VCH Placements to request a guest access to enter the formal request into the HSPnet database.

Do I need an affiliation agreement?

We require an affiliation agreement to be in place prior to submitting a request.

If you are an institution inquiring about a potential partnership with our health authority, please contact us at Placements@vch.ca. Once the agreement is signed, the educational institution may proceed with entering the placement in HSPnet and ensuring the student completes all the necessary training and requirements outlined on this website. Students are to refer to the  Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) checklist for the complete list of pre-placement requirements.

What are the deadlines for submitting a placement request?

To ensure our sites have enough time to consider placement requests and IT services can timely arrange for an account and system access, we follow a set timeline for request submission and processing for the majority of disciplines. Please note the following deadlines to enter requests into HSPnet for each term:

Term 

HSPnet requests released to our sites for consideration

Winter (January to April)

August 31

Spring/Summer (May to August)

January 15

Fall (September to December)

March 31


What are the requirements the student needs to complete prior to their placement at VCH?

We require students to complete a list of placement pre-requisites prior to their placement, including SPECO. You can find more information on what is required under the SPECO tab on this website as well as Discipline-Specific requirements. Please note that this is the school’s responsibility to ensure their student completes all the necessary pre-requisites. Failure to complete the requirements may result in a delay or cancellation of the placement.

NEW! We also offer the following supplementary step-by-step worksheets available for both Placing Coordinators and Students to help prepare for the upcoming practicum and ensure all VCH requirements are complete. Please note that these worksheets are for your reference only and do not need to be submitted.

We do not receive medical student placement requests directly. All requests must go through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Vancouver Coastal Health may be able to accommodate certain observation experiences or Supervised Practice Experiences in some program areas. Observations of patient care areas are intended for qualified health care professionals or students who are seeking professional development opportunities or employment. Regretfully, we are not able to accommodate observations as prerequisites for school programs. Individuals will be required to have immunizations up to date and a current criminal record check. Individuals may be responsible for having adequate insurance and completing the VCH Privacy and Confidentiality Undertaking for Student Placement is mandatory. Please email Placements@vch.ca for details. ‎

 

If you are an institution inquiring about a potential partnership with our health authority or you need to renew an existing affiliation agreement, please contact us at Placements@vch.ca. We ask that you contact us early to allow enough processing time and avoid placement delays.

Once the agreement is signed, the educational institution may proceed with entering the placement in HSPnet and ensuring the student completes all the necessary training and requirements outlined on this website. 


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