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Breightmet HV Team - BPCTP 2

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Placement Title Breightmet HV Team - BPCTP 2
Your Placement Contact Lisa Dean - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role


Placement Address Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet, Bolton, BL2 6NT
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 463372 - 78
Your University Contact: Debbie Roberts - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will arrive about 9am on their first day and will be shown around the placement area by a member of the Team. They will be introduced to appropriate staff and made to feel welcome.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Child branch students are allocated a Health Visitor mentor prior to arrival at their placement and will have the name of their mentor given in the welcome letter sent out by the Clinical Placement Co-ordinator. Students are asked to contact the placement one week before their starting date to confirm their arrival. All Health Visitors are first level nurses with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and education. All are Nurse Prescribers.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

All students will work a thirty seven and a half hour week over five days. Generally this will be 8.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday but this may be negotiated with their mentor. One hour is allocated for lunch.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

a) The health of the baby or young child

  • Care of children and their families at home or in clinics.
  • Care in GP surgeries
  • Primary visits to new babies
  • Continuing care visits - skin care, bowel care etc.
  • Baby clinics
  • Follow up visits to the home following hospital discharge
  • Visits for feeding and weaning advice
  • Immunisation discussion and advice
  • Developmental reviews
  • Parenting skills
  • Care of children with special needs
  • Support for single mothers
  • Advice on teething, febrile conditions, sleep and behavioural problems
  • Continence assessments
  • Advice re- childcare, nursery placements, schooling
  • Mother and toddler groups/ Support groups
  • Housing problems review and advice
  • Support for fathers, or expectant fathers
  • Education regarding smoking
  • Drug abuse work and continuing advice/referral to other agencies
  • Family planning advice

b) Emotional well-being

  • Bereavement counselling and help for families
  • Care and monitoring of post natal depression
  • Advice and support in unhappy relationships
  • Advice and support regarding violent relationships
  • Help and support during family breakups.
  • Support and counselling when a child is terminally ill or disabled
  • Advice to help cope with language and cultural changes

c) Help when caring for relatives or friends

  • Assisting in arranging help from Social Services or outside agencies
  • Advice regarding benefits and help to fill out the application forms
  • Assisting in the maintenance of independence
  • Advice in maintenance of healthy family dynamics

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Predominantly Newmans model and the Health Visiting Process.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Weighing babies
  • Growth monitoring
  • Buccal swabs
  • Developmental assessments

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Behaviour management
  • Sleep management

What resources are available to help students learning?

All areas have resource information available for students, full internet access and also access to the main healthcare databases e.g. CINAHL, following input of a password and code. Many areas have their own area specific induction pack for students with information pertaining to the individual placement. All areas have some books, research articles, and a variety of appropriate literature. Lever Chambers in the town centre has a health promotion centre where literature and resources are available.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Spoke Placements

Additional Information

Specific learning opportunities offered to students


There are 3 Health Visitors based here with clerical support. One of the Health Visitors is a Liaison Health Visitor for Bolton Women's Aid which is a refuge to women fleeing domestic violence. Another Health Visitor provides care and support to the residents of Sara Lodge which is a support and housing scheme for young mothers and pregnant young women.


Students will have the opportunity to organise and facilitate their own teaching sessions. They will be able to participate in teaching self care and certain procedures to patients and will gain experience in the care of patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease and mental health problems.Near to the Health Centre is a small Polish and Ukrainian community and this offers the opportunity for the student to have experience in other cultures which they may not have come across before.

Philosophy of the Placement area

We aim to provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to provide an optimum learning environment for all students, enabling them to become integrated team members and encouraging reflective practice throughout the placement.