Supporting Nursing/Midwifery Students with a Disability in Clinical Practice

Supporting Nursing/Midwifery Students with a Disability in Clinical Practice

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, in partnership with their Clinical partner sites listed in the table below and the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) have developed and launched a Resource Guide for Clinical and Academic staff in supporting Nursing and Midwifery Students with a Disability in Clinical Practice.

St Vincent’s University Hospital Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital
St Michael’s Hospital Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
St John of God Hospitaller Services The National Maternity Hospital



The Guide outlines useful information on disability legislation, disclosure, useful resources, the student’s journey to clinical practice and types of disabilities and their reasonable accommodations.

Support Stds with Disability in CPIt is based on the rights of the student to have the same learning opportunities as any other student and to receive reasonable accommodations, which take account of their disability thus enabling them to perform their duties to the required standards. The accommodations identified for clinical practice are reasonable in nature and will not jeopardise the attainment of the learning outcomes of the clinical placement or the safety of the patient. They will, however, provide appropriate learning supports for students with a disability so that they have the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes and maximise their performance in clinical practice.


For further information, contact Liz Roche – Interim Area Director NMPD-DML, by Email: or Frances Howlin, Lecturer UCD at Email: