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Student and Learner Placement Service (SLPS)

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Requesting a Placement

Placing Agencies (i.e. universities, colleges, employers of health care professionals) seeking placements in all Management Zones of NSH are required to submit a completed Placement Request Form on behalf of their student/learner at least 90 days in advance of the desired placement start date. 

For the below disciplines please submit the following instead of the Placement Request Form:

Pre-Placement Requirements

The following pre-placement requirements must be completed PRIOR to any learning placement commencing at NSH.   Depending on the nature or location of the placement, additional requirements may be required.  NSH will inform you of any additional requirements when the placement request is received.

  1. Affiliation Agreement
  • Placing Agencies (i.e. university, college, employer of health care professionals) will need to complete a NS Health Affiliation Agreement in order for a placement request to be processed.  If you are unsure if you have one in place, please contact us.
  • Affiliation Agreement sample template (.pdf)
  1. Background Check
  • Criminal Record Check is required for ALL placements
  • Vulnerable Sector Search is required for all clinical placements
  • Child Abuse Registry is required for placements involving children and youth.

Note: Background Checks must be completed within 6 months of the placement start date, or as a part of academic requirements. If unsure of the background check requirements for your placement, please contact us.

  1. Immunizations and infectious disease screening
  1. NSHA Student/Learner Placement Agreement
  1. Privacy and Confidentiality Training and Pledge of Confidentiality
  • NSH Privacy and Confidentiality Training module. (Once on the eLearning page, select “LMS guest access NSHA/IWK Privacy and Confidentiality Training". Please ignore Slide 15 of the module, which will direct you to download and sign the Pledge of Confidentiality attached to the slide.  This version of the Pledge is for NSHA employees.  The link below takes you to the version of the pledge students need to sign.)
  • NSH Pledge of Confidentiality (.pdf)
  1. HSPnet Consent Form

Submitting pre-placement requirements

The Placing Agency is required to submit the following documents on behalf of the student/learner 1 month before the scheduled placement start date:


Orientation materials for all students

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Central Zone (Halifax area, Eastern Shore and West Hants)

Eastern Zone (Cape Breton, Guysborough and Antigonish)

Northern Zone (Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou)

Western Zone (Annapolis Valley, South Shore and Southwest Nova Scotia)

About Us

Student and Learner Placements (SLP) is a part of Nova Scotia Health’s (NSH) Interprofessional Practice and Learning Portfolio.  We work closely with educational institutions across Canada, as well as staff, managers and program leaders within NSH, to arrange unpaid hands-on clinical and non-clinical placements for post-secondary students from a wide range of disciplines (except medicine).  We also arrange sharing of expertise, professional development, and maintenance of competency placements for health care professionals employed by various Canadian institutions, such as the Department of National Defence and hospitals in other provinces.  

SLPS uses the Health Services Placement Network (HSPnet) database to process/manage requests for over 6,000 students/learners per year, placing them in facilities within the various Management Zones of NSH.   As a learning and teaching organization, NSH is committed to creating supportive, collaborative learning environments that foster the development of all students/learners and their transition to practice. 

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