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Emergency preparedness, resilience and response; disaster management; student placement; health service
The NHS England (London) Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) team has hosted an undergraduate disaster management or emergency planning placement student from Coventry University since August 2016. Our first student recently started her first job in the NHS, our second student is completing her final year with a dissertation exploring how epidemiological study of refugees may benefit humanitarian and state healthcare provision, and our third student is part way through his placement. We interviewed our fourth student in February 2019, and they will start in August 2019. Hosting an undergraduate placement student has proved to be a valuable experience to the NHS England (London) EPRR team as well as to the students. It is a model that could be used to good effect in other healthcare and partner organisations to the benefit of patients and the public alike through bringing current academic training and rigour to active practice and challenging what we do through a different lens.