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Oldham East Health Visitor/School Nursing - BCHNHS 17

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Placement Title Oldham East Health Visitor/School Nursing - BCHNHS 17
Your Placement Contact Kelly Hewitt - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Glodwick Primary Care Centre, 137 Glodwick Rd, Oldham, OL4 1YN
Placement City/Town: Oldham
Placement Phone 0161 622 9118,
Your University Contact: Sharon Vesty - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Oldham East is a team based across three different sites which includes Glodwick, Moorside and Uppermill.

Please be aware that you may be placed at any of these sites and you will be informed at your first contact.

You will be working with children ranging from birth to nineteen and their families.  The environment the student will be working in will be family homes, clinics and schools.  The student will be working across a multi-cultural area.

The student will be allocated a team within Oldham East and a mentor before commencing the placement.

On contacting Kelly Hewitt before starting placement the student will be informed of these details and the contact numbers.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

The mentor will meet the student on the first day

If this is not possible then another member of the team will be allocated to welcome the student to practice

On the first day the mentor will organise orientation to the building and complete on line registration to gain access to the computer system

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

We work Monday to Friday 09.00 till 17.00

There is no uniform and you are expected to wear smart casual clothes

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

The health of the baby or young child Care of children and their families at home or in clinics.

Continuing care visits - skin care, bowel care etc.

Follow up visits to the home following hospital discharge.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Health Child Programme

The Principles of Health Visiting

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Higher level communication skills

Evidence based health information for children and young adults

Immunisation administration and up to date guidance provided by policy and legislation

Growth and developmental assessments provided until children leave school

Safeguarding procedure

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Weighing babies
  • Growth monitoring
  • Buccal swabs
  • Developmental assessments
  • Behaviour management
  • Sleep management

What resources are available to help students learning?

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.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Spoke Placements

Additional Information

Students who will require a placement Risk Assessment for any reason, including pregnancy or a support need, should contact the PEF team on at least two weeks before their placement commences.

Within the Oldham East Team we care for children from birth throughout the age spectrum to the elderly. Within our caseload we are care predominantly for children from school age and the families. We work closely with public health initiatives such as healthy eating and smoking cessation. We have many challenges within the community such as culture and religious beliefs, language barriers and poverty. There is high unemployment and poor health. The major health problems in this area are diabetes, heart disease and mental health. Within children we are dealing with poor diet, anaemia, sleep problems and behaviour problems.