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Bolton Hospice - HOCP 1

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Placement Title Bolton Hospice - HOCP 1
Your Placement Contact Jill Entwistle - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Queens Park St, Bolton, BL1 4QT
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 663066
Your University Contact: David Garbutt - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Orientation Pack for Students

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

  • Time allocated within off duty to work with student
  • Regular updates

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7:15am - 15:00pm


13:30 pm - 21:30 pm


08:45pm - 07:.45am

Shift Notes:

Day therapy/outpatients/hospice at home: 08:30am - 16:30pm

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

All aspects of specialist palliative care Carers and relatives feature highly in all plan of care Holistic symptom management Bereavement support Predominantly based on the Inpatient unit, you will also gain experience working within Day therapy, Outpatients and Hospice at Home.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Adapted version of Roper, Logan and Tierney Model of Care.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Catherisation 
  • Basic Nursing Care
  • Wound Care 
  • Pressure Care 
  • Assessment Skills 
  • Mouthcare 
  • End of Life Care 
  • Risk Management 
  • Blood transfusion 
  • Medication administration i.e. Injections Syringe drivers and oral medication.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Communication Skills 
  • Leadership and Management 
  • Breaking bad news 
  • Symptom control 
  • Multiprofessional working, exposure to all services

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Library 
  • Internet Access 
  • Shadowing 
  • MDT Members 
  • Student Evaluation Forms 
  • Teaching Sessions 
  • Resource Packs/File Reflection 
  • Spokes 
  • Allocated Mentor 
  • Team Working 
  • Motivated Staff 
  • Study Sessions.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Education Wound care/development 
  • Audit ICP for dying 24 hour advice line 
  • Nutritional awareness and audit 
  • Changes in accordance with End of Life Care Strategy DoH 2008 
  • Public awareness 
  • All aspects of care delivery and management audit yearly.

Spoke Placements

  • Macmillan Nurses 
  • Nurse specialists 
  • Palliative Care 
  • Therapy Team 
  • Complementary Therapy 
  • Social Workers 
  • Hospice Fundraising Dept 
  • Chaplaincy and Spiritual Support 
  • Clinical Support 
  • Nurse Manager

Additional Information

This placement provides opportunity to develop and enhance skills in a specialist palliative setting. The student nurse will be supported and encouraged to learn new skills as provided in the information above. We encourage students to contact either SSN Mary Fox or SN Vicki Sweeney on the Inpatient Unit prior to placement to arrange an informal visit. This also allows us to gain insight into your aims/objectives for placement. Teaching takes place weekly open to all Student. Identify own learning needs and we facilitate sessions.