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Bolton Diabetes Centre - BPCTP 11

Placement Overview

Placement Title Bolton Diabetes Centre BPCTP 11
Your Placement Contact Donna Hopley - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role Donna Hopley - Specialist Nurse
Placement Address Chorley Street, Bolton BL1 4AL
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 462400

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

A mentor will be allocated

Welcome Pack

Diabetes for Student Nurses learning pack

Weekly timetable will be completed by mentor

On longer placements we have a 'Living With Diabetes' project with a reflective piece submitted by the student

We will help with arranging appropriate spoke placements with District Nurses, Practice Nurses, Foot and Eye Screening Team, Diabetes Ward - B2

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

We are a small team and have a limited number of mentors

The other DSN's will act as associate mentors

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?

Shift Notes:

Our core hours are 08.30 - 16.30 Monday to Friday but we do a couple of late clinics which you will be expected to participate in. 

These usually finish at around 18.00 - 18.30.  We will arrange for a late start or an early finish to ensure working hours are correct each week when you sit in these clinics.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

The Diabetes Centre is a purpose built building off the hospital site - Chorley Street Bolton BL1 4AL, but we do also work at the Royal Bolton Hospital each day and we occasionally do home visits or reviews in intermediate care setting at Darley Court

We are a very specialist area seeing just a fraction of the diabetes population - largely those requiring injectable treatment or those who have severe diabetes complications

Specialist Clinics we offer are as follows:-

New patient assessment (medical)

Urgent patient assessments (nurse) including pre-op patients, post discharge patients and other urgent problems

MDT Antenatal care - both for gestational diabetes and established Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes

Specialist dietary assessment

Carbohydrate counting groups

MDT Adolescent diabetes clinic

MDT Foot clinic

Specialist Podiatry care

Specialist insoles and footwear

MDT Insulin pump clinics

MDT Neuropathic pain clinic


We deliver patient and staff education

We cover RBH ward referrals every morning Monday - Friday

We will expect that you will also work a small amount of time with district nurse teams and practice nurses to see the full spectrum of diabetes care

You will also sit in on patient education sessions and observe what newly diagnosed patients are taught

What nursing model is used for planning care?

We use an holistic MDT approach to diabetes care

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Blood glucose monitoring, weights, height, BMI, BP, patient assessment, injection technique/sites and safety, urine ketone testing, blood ketone testing

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Variable rate IV insulin infusions, insulin pumps, visual acuity testing, administration of eye drops for screening, foot screening, dietary review/advice

What resources are available to help students learning?

Large MDT from which to gain knowledge - Nurses/ HCA/ Consultants/ Registrars/ Podiatry/ Specialist dietitians/ Clinical psychologist/ Orthotics and footwear/ Screening teams/ District Nurses and Practice Nurses/ Diabetic Ward - B2

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Take part in National Diabetes Inpatient Audit each year

Local audit activities

Have research nurses based at RBH who are involved in diabetes research

Spoke Placements

District Nurse

Practice Nurse

Eye and Foot Screening Team

Diabetes Ward - B2

Specialist Weight Management Team

Diabetes Specialist Midwife