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High Dependency Unit (HDU) - RBHP 8

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Placement Title High Dependency Unit (HDU) - RBHP 8
Your Placement Contact Carrie Dewitt, Sarah Maguire, Kathryn Williams - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Bolton Hospital. Minerva Rd, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 390327
Your University Contact: Lis Bourne - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will be given an introduction to the unit layout and are welcome to visit the Unit prior to commencement of their placement. They will be given a booklet containing detailed information about HDU, including a brief outline of nursing procedures and observations that are performed. This can be collected prior to the commencement of the placement.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students will be allocated a mentor prior to arrival.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


08.00 - 20.30 - Shift finish time dependant upon number of days worked



20.00 - 08.30

Shift Notes:

Staff on HDU work 12.5 hour shifts. Students can also work early and late shifts over 4 shifts. However, when on nights, students would work 12.5 hour shifts.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for patients from various specialities including surgical, medical, orthopaedic, gynaecological and obstetrics.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Orem's self-care model.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Tracheostomy management
  • Oxygen therapy including the use of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and BiPAP (Bilevel positive airway pressure)
  • Invasive monitoring i.e. Arterial blood pressure and central venous pressure
  • IV drugs and infusions including cardiovascular support
  • Fluid management
  • Wound management
  • Pain management
  • Nutritional support
  • Neurological observations

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Assisting with the insertion of arterial and central lines
  • Observation of arterial blood sampling
  • Airway management, including assisting with patient intubation
  • Suctioning of trachestomies
  • Chest drain management Care during blood transfusion
  • Management of non-invasive ventilation
  • Pain management
  • Care of patients and relatives during end of life care
  • Students are actively encouraged to attend student forums and the Unit Development Days

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Student Information booklet.
  • Teaching packs for various clinical activities.
  • Books/journals on Unit Regular "Unit Development mornings" (usually containing a teaching session).
  • Varied spoke placements can be arranged
  • Close links with the Practice Education Facilitator Team
  • A Unit-based Practice Educator - Carrie Dewitt

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Role expansion by HDU nurses e.g. performance of arterial stabs and line insertion, verification of expected death by nurses and non medical prescribing.

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Additional Information

Practice Educator Facilitator - - Royal Bolton Hospital