Learner Placement Unit
The Learner Placement Unit was created to enhance the relationships between the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and educational institutions throughout Saskatchewan and beyond.
The team works to facilitate discussion between partner organizations and the development, implementation and evaluation of collaborative projects related to clinical education in Saskatchewan. As part of this work, the unit supports the coordination of clinical and non-clinical placements within the SHA and manages the Health Sciences Placement network (HSPnet).
HSPnet is used to request and coordinate clinical placements for many clinical disciplines. It is a comprehensive, web-enabled practice education management system for the health sciences programs. HSPnet was first implemented in Saskatchewan in 2006. It assists with the administration of both discipline-specific and inter-professional student placements.
Requests for placements with the SHA should originate from the post-secondary institution and can be made through HSPnet or by contacting the Learner Placement Unit.
If you are an out-of-province educational institution requesting a student placement with the SHA, please complete this form.
Please note: a Clinical Placement Agreement is required to proceed with placements. Completion of this form will assist our team in determining the next steps required.
What is required for a student placement?
A number of pre-requisites must be completed prior to students undertaking a clinical or non-clinical placement with the SHA.
Clinical Placement Agreement
An agreement is mandatory for any student placement. The agreement is between the SHA and the educational institution. The agreement ensures that there are agreed upon terms and conditions to the placement. Please contact us if you are uncertain if an agreement currently exists.
Students are required to have injury coverage provided by the applicable Workers Compensation Board or private entity. The SHA will not permit placements to occur without workers compensation/injury coverage.
Criminal Record Check
Educational institutions obtain Criminal Record Check’s from students at the start of their program. These criminal record checks must include a vulnerable sector search.
In the event a criminal record exists or charges or convictions are disclosed or discovered, the convictions/charges will not automatically exclude a student from a clinical placement. The Learner Placement Unit, in partnership with SHA Human Resources, engages in a case-by-case review of any placement request involving a student with a prior criminal record. A number of factors are reviewed, including:
- The nature and seriousness of the offenses for which the person was convicted. Is it a theft related offence, sexual offence and/or a violent offence,
- The timeframe when the offense occurred and number of convictions,
- The student’s record and employment history since the crime occurred and efforts of rehabilitation,
- Requirements of licensing bodies,
- The rules regarding pardons in the criminal code of Canada,
- Any other relevant unique circumstances identified,
- Age of applicant at time of offense,
- Relevance of the conviction to the level and nature of the position, and
- Saskatchewan Health Authority requirements.
It is important to note that the educational institution is responsible to provide criminal record information that does not identify the student.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Students are required to be familiar with and abide by the SHA Privacy and Confidentiality Policy Directive. Students are required to sign the SHA Confidentiality Agreement (contained within the Policy Directive) prior to any placement starting.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
Students are required to review the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health WHMIS 2015 Workbook.
Students and educational institutions are responsible to follow the recommendations for health care workers as outlined in the Saskatchewan Immunization Manual. Additionally, educational institutions are responsible to follow the recommendations for tuberculin skin testing for students, as outlined by TB Prevention and Control Saskatchewan.
Respirator Fit Testing
Depending on the clinical discipline and location of the student placement, students may be required to utilize a respirator as a part of their PPE. Students that require the use of a respirator during their practicum are required to be fit tested with respirators routinely stocked by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Please contact the appropriate LPU specialist for your area to determine what respirators are stocked at the placement site.
Violence Prevention and Response Training – Students entering clinical areas require training on how to identify and response to aggressive/violent situations.
The Learner Placement Unit is located throughout the province of Saskatchewan and has administrative and clinical staff that support the day-today operations of facilitating learner placements with clinical and non-clinical services of the SHA.