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Sunday 21 July
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DBS, OH, Finance and Travel

When you start your course you will need to make sure that the following are completed before you can attend your placement.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)
You will be required to complete a DBS check.  A member of the admissions team will send you the necessary paperwork to complete.  The forms will be returned to the university’s DBS officer who will undertake the DBS checking process. Please be aware that this can take on average 4 to 6 weeks and any student without a completed DBS check will not be permitted to go onto placement.  You must present your copy of the DBS to the agency before starting your placement. 

You need to discuss with Practice Learning Co-ordinator at the earliest opportunity if you have a positive DBS check.  The University cannot share the details of your DBS check without your consent. For enquiries about DBS checks, please contact Fleur Mitchell on 0124 568 4984 (ext: 4984) Or email:


Occupational Health
The primary purpose of an occupational health assessment is to ensure that students are fit to perform the tasks involved effectively and without risk to themselves or others’ health and safety. Course places at the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education are offered subject to satisfactory health screening. Each candidate is assessed individually.

The Occupational Health Screening Service for Social Work students studying at Anglia Ruskin University operates from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday throughout the year. This service is available at various sites.  If you do not have a completed occupational health check this could delay you starting the course.

All students are required to be cleared by occupational health before starting practice.  If you have any health issues you should consult your doctor in the usual way and only go back to occupational health if there are issues which would affect your attending your practice placement.


Finance Issues

If you have a question about your bursary then please contact the NHS Business Services Authority on 0300 3301342  or visit

If you need help with finance for travel or generally then please visit
or email


 Students are advised that being a car driver is an essential requirement for placements given local stakeholders’ expectations that students will travel in their working practice to meet with service users.  If you do not drive or own a car, you may feel that it would be a good idea to learn and organise access to a car that you can use during your placement.


Car insurance
If you will be using your car in the course of a practice placement, the insurance cover must include an endorsement that the policy covers use for business purposes by the student personally.  It is a student’s responsibility to see that his/her policy covers this.  A business use certificate of insurance must be shown to the practice educator and/or an appropriate manager when you begin placement.

Students are NOT to transport service users in their own vehicles during their placement unless their insurers have confirmed that their insurance cover includes this activity.


Travel Time
Given that there is a national shortage of practice placements, many students may find they have to travel. We aim to place students within 1.5 hours travel from their home address or the campus where they attend for study. If a student travels to the campus for study then it is expected that they can travel to that same geographical area for their placement.

Where such journeys regularly take in excess of 1.5 hours each way, adjustments to the working day may be made in consultation with the practice agency and tutor.


Use of car/public transport

As part of your bursary you will receive a fixed sum towards your practice learning placement travel expenses. It is expected that students take the responsibility for budgeting for their travel expenses across the two placements.