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Ward 9 - Elective Surgery Orthopaedics - PABP 23

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Placement Title Ward 9 - Elective Surgery Orthopaedics - PABP 23
Your Placement Contact Andrea Shenton - Ward Manager, Catherine Burton - PEL, Keighly Parker - Assistant PEF - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD
Placement City/Town: Bury
Placement Phone 0161 778 2509
Your University Contact: Melanie Rushton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Welcome Pack

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Each student is allocated a mentor who has completed a mentorship module at level 2 or 3, or who holds an alternative qualification such as the ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing Course. An Associate Mentor, who has completed the Registrants Awareness Day, may be also be allocated.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07:30 -15:30


12:30 - 20:30


20.00 - 08.00

Shift Notes:

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Students will have the opportunity to care for patients undergoing elective orthopaedic surgery including joint replacements (hip and knee) due to osteoarthritis and spinal surgery.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan & Tierney model as well as care pathways for hip and knee replacement.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Wound Care
  • Administering subcutaneous and intramuscular injections
  • Care of IV infusions
  • Caring for a patient undergoing blood transfusion and checking colour, movement and sensation of limbs.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Vital signs for patients on patient-controlled analgesia
  • Early warning scores
  • Mobilising patients with walking aids

What resources are available to help students learning?

Various posters

Extensive learning packages

Whilst on placement, students are expected to develop a teaching pack for the ward and time will be given for this purpose.

Previous examples of students work include teaching packs on pressures sores; nutrition; deep vein thrombosis, and a quiz on orthopaedic terminology.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

The ward takes part in the National Hip and Knee Audits as well as the High Impact Intervention Audits.

Spoke Placements

  • Plaster room
  • Theatre
  • Orthopaedic Clinic

Additional Information

Orthopaedic Unit Philosophy

The staff has a commitment to all patients who come under their care. The ward is organised for the patient, who is the most important person within the ward.

We undertake to care for the patients physical and mental well-being and remember, at all times, that the patient is an individual.

We try to understand the pattern of life of each individual and respect the religious beliefs of patients. The nursing care provided is patient-centred, with the provision of care directed at meeting the total health needs of the individual.

It is the aim of the ward to keep abreast of current research findings and to implement this in the nursing care. We are constantly updating our knowledge of technical and interpersonal skills. The relatives and carers of each patient are also given full consideration throughout the patients stay.

The staff endeavour at all times to give them information about their relatives illness and expected recovery, and their ultimate discharge back to their own environment.

The patient has a right to have family and friends nearby when their support is needed and it is recognised that this has a therapeutic role, contributing to the patients progress.