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Pikes Lane DN - BPCTP 29

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Placement Title Pikes Lane DN - BPCTP 29
Your Placement Contact Bernadette Smith, Joanne Simpson, Paula Claike - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address 226 Deane Rd, Bolton, BL3 5HP
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 462887

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Please downlaod the Pikes Lane Centre Student Welcome Pack prior to commencing 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:

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.

Students are expected to work a minimum of one weekend, preferably with their mentor, during an average allocation of six weeks. Students are also expected to work a minimum of two evenings during an average allocation of six weeks.

Some areas have an integrated day/evening service and students will be able to work on a rota system to fit in with their mentor. Where this is not the case, students will access the evening service based at Pikes Lane Centre by prior arrangement and negotiation.

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


Students will be allocated to School Nurses or Health Visitors but will spend time with both. School nurses here cover a variety of primary, secondary and special schools. They also visit the Muslim Girls School and Bolton College whilst providing extended care to Bolton Lads and Girls Club. There are 5 Health Visitors based here, a Staff Nurse and Nursery Nurse and an Outreach worker. The work with families in this area is quite intense as there are pockets of deprivation and high need, along with many socially disadvantaged groups. The nurses are involved in Kids Breakfast Clubs, Drop In sessions and Young Persons clinics, smoking health education and sexual health promotion.


There are two large District Nursing skill mix teams here. Each Team consists of 2 District Nursing Sisters and a number of staff nurses and health care assistants. Nurses here run a very busy daily Treatment Clinic which includes venepuncture, dressing changes, injections and a variety of clinical procedures. There is also an ear syringing clinic each Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and also a continence clinic which runs monthly. Other professionals working at Pikes Lane accessible by students are podiatrists, speech therapists, GPs and their practice nurses, ethnic link workers, pharmacists, physiotherapists, minor operations clinics, community psychiatric clinics, Learning Disabilities team, the Cancer Pathways Project and well women's clinics. Students will be provided with the opportunity to participate, under supervision, in the delivery of individualised nursing care.

This new purpose built primary care centre was opened in November 2000 to bring healthcare into the Deane and Daubhill community. It was built on the site of the old Pikes Lane School, a new school having now been built directly behind the centre. During 1995 plans were being formulated to encompass new ideas to improve health facilities for the local people. It was then envisaged that by working more collaboratively with partner services under one roof that healthcare would be more accessible and be delivered more effectively to those in need. The new centre houses Bolton Metro Council Services, a chemist, a cafe, many GP practices, the Housing Dept, the Learning Disabilities Team, the Ethnic Minorities Service development Team, nursing teams of the Bolton PCT, a Locality Manager and the Trust Training Dept. Students based here will visit many socially disadvantaged groups and see a high ethnic minority caseload.

Philosophy of placement area

We aim to provide an optimum learning environment for all students in a welcoming and supportive environment. We believe that by giving students the best possible training we are investing in the future of nursing.