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Crompton DN Team - BPCTP 20

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Placement Title Crompton DN Team - BPCTP 20
Your Placement Contact Julia Marsden - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address 501 Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8UP
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 463580 - Please leave your contact details on the answer machine and someone will get back to you.

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

All students will have a Trust induction on their first day. Students will arrive about 9am on their second morning and will be shown round the centre by a member of the Team and introduced to appropriate staff and made to feel welcome.

At some time during their first day, a member of their Team will go through the Induction list with them, as per the assessment booklet. E.g. sickness reporting, health and safety information files, location of policy files, etc.

They will be shown modes of communication and mail points, location of message books, fax machine, email access, any teaching and learning resources, and a brief overview of the management structure of the Trust.

Hours of duty and uniform policy will be discussed. They will meet their mentor at the earliest opportunity but will have a named person to relate to until their mentor is available. The student's initial interview will take place at the earliest opportunity but certainly within the first week.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Adult branch students are allocated a mentor within a District Nursing Team 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 mentors have a mentorship qualification. All Specialist Practitioners are nurse prescribers.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

08.30 - 17.00pm Monday to Friday One hour is allocated for lunch.

Student can if they wish do a spoke placement with our evening service 7pm until 11pm

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Care of patients in their own home or Treatment Clinics
  • Care of patients in Residential Care Homes, Neighbourhood Network Homes
  • Acute and non-acute medical and post-operative care
  • Wide and varied range of wound care with extensive range of wound dressings
  • Compliance and non-compliance of treatments
  • Maintenance treatments of anaemias, vitamin deficiencies, hormone disorders
  • Care of patients with eye problems, post cataract, glaucoma, blindness
  • Palliative and terminal care
  • Shared care with Social services and other agencies
  • Care of the acute and chronically ill - short and long term care.
  • Health promotion situations.
  • Continence assessments and treatments.
  • Care of the catheterised patient
  • Caring for patients with learning disabilities, Alzheimers disease, etc.
  • Bowel care - acute and chronic
  • Diabetic care - insulin and non-insulin dependent
  • Care of patients diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis preventing hospital admissions.
  • Paraplegic patient care
  • Follow up care of patients who have had day surgery

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Generally Orem's model of self care and also Roper, Logan and Tierney's model based on the activities of daily living. Other models may be used in individual situations appropriate to the needs of the patient.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Ear syringing
  • Male and female urinary catheterisation
  • Venepuncture
  • Recording of blood pressure, blood sugar
  • Injections - subcutaneous and intramuscular
  • Administration of eye drops, creams, lotions
  • Administration of suppositories, enemas, rectal medication
  • Aseptic technique and wound care
  • Bandaging, wool and crepe and understanding of four layer support
  • Removal of sutures and clips

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Stoma care
  • Central line management
  • Use and maintenance of the syringe driver
  • Care of eye prosthesis
  • Care of supra pubic catheter
  • Setting up and maintenance of parenteral feeding regimes
  • Understanding of the administration of Zoladex injections
  • Care of gastrostomy
  • PEG feeds
  • Doppler assessments
  • Care of chemotherapy and intravenous therapy
  • Care of tracheostomy

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.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Spoke Placements

Additional Information

Specific learning opportunities offered to students


There are many family health assessments carried out here, along with developmental assessments and recognition of deviation from normal. Students are actively encouraged to be involved in as much as is appropriate to their level of learning. There are three Health Visitors based here along with one Nursery Nurse and one clerical assistant.


This area is running a pilot study of joint working in the North East between District Nurses and Social Services. There is also a pressure ulcer audit being conducted. An ear syringing clinic is run by the nurses here in which the student may gain experience. The Team here consists of eight trained nurses and two health care assistants.

The area covered by practitioners here takes in Harwood, Breightmet, Tonge Moor, Astley Bridge and up to Edgworth to the borders of Blackburn and Bury. The GP group practice consists of one senior partner and six GPs. Other disciplines based here are Practice Nurses, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Speech Therapists, and a Research Nurse.

Philosophy of the placement area

We endeavour to provide an optimum learning environment for students, combining theory with practice in order to gain an insight into community nursing. We also aim to give support and guidance to all nursing students.