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Bury Access Team - Single Point of Entry - PCBP 1

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Placement Title Bury Access Team - Single Point of Entry - PCBP 1
Your Placement Contact Anthony Kennie - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role


Placement Address Irwell Unit, Roch House, Psychiatric Outpatients Department, Fairfield Genral Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD
Placement City/Town: Bury
Placement Phone 0300 200 3440
Your University Contact: Angela Cotton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Full orientation to the Bury Access Team and adjoining teams within the Mental Health Departments – Student Information Pack available prior to placement – Full induction with a qualified mentor – or associate – named mentors can be determined before actual placement begins
Students are encouraged to contact the department before their placement begins  to arrange agreed starting date and time
Identified work area
New user log on details may need to be applied for
Car parking
*some students have put some info on our board ‘For Students/ By Students’ - some little other bits of information e.g. – bring a cup!

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Team Support
Off Duty flexibility
Mentor Update Programme
Clinical Supervision

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

The Bury Access Team work between the hours of 8am – 9pm / 7 days a week and are part of a 24 hour service for service users needing mental health support – arrangements can be made to accommodate most days and hours of work

Night shifts are not available on the Bury Access Team – arrangements can be negotiated with other teams within the department to complete night shift hours for students – some restrictions apply!

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Patient Care is determined from a full Mental Health Needs Assessment Tool – based on information on the initial referral through subsequent assessment/ risk assessment

What nursing model is used for planning care?

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Clinical assessment of client needs
Risk Assessment/ Risk Management
Observation skills
Safeguarding awareness – Children and Adults
Recording/ Storing / Transferring of Documentation
Sharing information with other agencies
+ Other skills relevant to student needs and within the levels/ competency needs for their given period of placement

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Communication – verbal/ non-verbal / written (electronically) documentation
Time Management
Workload/ Caseload Management
Team Work
Leadership Skills
Liaison with other Internal and External agencies
Nurse/ Service User Interaction

What resources are available to help students learning?

Local Resource Room
Private Study Area for Students
Information Board
Local Intranet

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

All activities are audited for research/ logistics

Spoke Placements

Spoke placements can be identified to meet the student’s needs to complete the relevant assignments and competencies – a full range of spoke placements can be identified on placement

Additional Information

Placement Speciality

The receiving/ screening/ triage and managing of referrals into Secondary Care Services through a single point (Bury Access Team) – through the screening process to signpost to the most appropriate service – The Bury Access Team also arrange – in Clinical Appointments – full Mental Health Needs Assessment which also includes a full Risk Assessment.
All Assessments/ Triage and signposting of referrals are designed to determine the need for further and appropriate support/ treatment and onward referrals.
Referrals are received from GP’s within the locality and other external agencies – although the Bury Access Team arranged clinical appointments for those between 16-65 years of age – the referrals can be for all ages.

All students are encouraged and welcome to contact our team prior to formal start date of placement for a more informal look round – weekends preferred – please phone to book an appointment if you wish.