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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - RBHP 9

Placement Overview

Placement Title Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - RBHP 9
Your Placement Contact Andy Hannay, Gail Hull - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Bolton Hospital. Minerva Rd, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 390997
Your University Contact: Liz Bourne - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students will be allocated a mentor/assessor usually on arrival. It is envisioned that you will work mostly with your mentor but you will also be allocated other staff to work with you from within a mentor group.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


08:00 - 17:30


11:00 - 20:30 x 4 wk


20:00 - 8:30am x 3 wk

Shift Notes:

Whilst staff on ICU work 12.5 hour shifts. It is preferable for students on day shifts to work their hours over 4. However, when on nights, students would work 3 x 12.5 hours shifts. Please note you will be rostered on to nights at some point during your placement.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

The unit accepts patients from every ward (except children) including caring for patients from various specialties including surgical, medical, orthopaedic, gynaecological and obstetrics so the learning opportunities are endless.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Patient assessment, planning and evaluation is completed using an adopted medical model.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

A systematic approach to patient assessment. A sound foundation in physiological measurements and titration of treatment to maintain required parameters. Contribute to the holistic management of the unconscious patient. Develop and enhance skills including suctioning, trachy care, ECGs, maintaining high standards of basic care, caring for and dealing with MDT and family of patients, aseptic technique, and infection control issues.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Airway management including care of patients with Endotrachael tube and Tracheostomy Tube
  • Assist in the Insertion of arterial and central lines to enable physiological monitoring
  • Students will also be able to observe invasive and non-invasive ventilation, and advanced haemodynamic monitoring.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Student Information booklet
  • Teaching packs for various clinical activities
  • Books/journals on Unit - British Journal Critical Care Nursing
  • A wealth of experienced staff who are keen to make the students experience a positive one
  • Regular "Unit Development Days
  • Students are actively encouraged to attend Trust Acute Care Study sessions

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Spoke Placements

Additional Information

Plans currently are being drawn up from ICU and HDU to merge creating a critical care unit. A lot of activity and planning is currently ongoing including the rotation of staff between HDU and ICU. Outreach is now in development, aimed at assisting in the management of patients in ward environment and follow-up clinic for stepped down ICU and HDU patients

Practice Educator Facilitators - - Royal Bolton Hospital