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Central HV Team - BPCTP 30

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Placement Title Central HV Team - BPCTP 30
Your Placement Contact Judith Lever - Team Leader, Cathy Ward - Health Visitor - Send Email
Placement Address Pikes Lane Centre, 226 Deane Rd, Bolton, BL3 5HP
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 463695

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.

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 as students are not required to wear their uniform during placement. 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?

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 9.00am 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 break ups.
  • 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.