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Ward F3 - RBHP 33

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Placement Title Ward F3 - RBHP 33
Your Placement Contact Amanda Jones, Lorraine Murphy, Dawn Allen - Send Email
Placement Address Royal Bolton Hospital. Minerva Rd, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 390404
Your University Contact: Dawn Gawthorpe - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will be orientated to the ward, meet with their mentors to discuss identified learning needs and objectives for placement. A Welcome Pack will be provided and if appropriate Hub/Spoke booklet and/or learning pack related to their learning outcomes. 

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students are allocated a mentor and an associate mentor prior to arrival on the placement and are expected to work a minumum of 40% with their mentor. Off duty is organised by PEL and/or mentor. 

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.30am - 15:30pm - including 30 min unpaid break. 


12.00pm - 20.00pm - including 30 min unpaid break. 


19.30pm - 08.00am - including 1 hr unpaid break. 

Shift Notes:

Long days are not encouraged. 

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for patients admitted as acute surgical emergencies - patients admitted with emergency surgical problems. 

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Teirney - use printed core care plans which are individualised for each patient. 

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Nutritional assessment
  • Observations - EWS Fluid balance recording
  • Medications
  • Nursing Assessments
  • Risk Assessments
  • Care planning skills
  • Pain Management

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Female catheterisation
  • Wound Care/Tissue viability
  • Passing of naso-gastric tubes

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Resource files containing nursing articles and learning packs
  • Staff experience
  • Intranet student zone
  • Internet access
  • Members of MDT

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Audits in relation to quality issues
  • Nursing Care Indicators
  • NHS Safety Thermometer/Harm Free Care

Spoke Placements

  • Theatres - Main - Need to complete theatre induction first Radiology
  • Infection Control Team - 3rd Years only
  • Acute Pain Team - 3rd Years only
  • Critical Care Outreach Team
  • Bereavement Team
  • Stoma Nursing Team
  • A&E
  • Endoscopy

Additional Information

F3 is a very busy ward with plenty of learning opportunities. Students are welcome to ring the ward or visit prior to placement.

Student Philosophy 

We believe that the clinical placement on the Surgical Assessment Unit should be student centred and driven by their individual needs identified and agreed by the student and their mentor.

We will ensure the clinical placement will be an environment conducive to learning.

This will ensure the student ultimately accomplishes the status of becoming a competent practitioner.

Practice Educator Facilitators - - Royal Bolton Hospital