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Ward 10 ICU/HDU - PABP 8

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Placement Title Ward 10 ICU/HDU - PABP 8
Your Placement Contact Moriom Wilcox, Christina Hoare, Jill Din - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement City/Town: Bury
Placement Phone 0161 778 2510/0161-764 - 6081 - Fairfield General Hospital NHS Trust, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD
Your University Contact: Joyce Smith - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Student package, student Mentorship, teaching sessions with PBE.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.30am - 15.30pm


12.30pm - 20.30 pm


20.00 pm - 08.00 am

Shift Notes:

You will be expected to shadow your mentors shifts as much as possible. You will do a variety of shifts, which will include night shifts. You will always be supernumery and will be supervised in your clinical practice. You may have to work weekends at times but not bank holidays.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for the critically ill patients with a variety of multi-organ problems. You will see patients that are mechanically ventilated (invasive ventilation), haemofiltration (likened to a kidney machine), CPAP, suctioning, tracheotomies, intubations and exudations, care of the family, care of the dyeing patient and family, transfer of the critically ill patients to else where (i.e. CT Scan) and much, much more.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

An Eclectic model devised from the Roper, Logan and Tierney Activities of Living and the Systems Medical Model, updated in March 2004.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Eye Care
  • Mouth Care
  • Suctioning
  • Psychological Care
  • Observing rotational bed therapies
  • Care of the Respiratory Patient
  • Care of tracheotomies
  • Care of Dying patient
  • Observing
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Observing
  • Haemofiltration
  • Observing dealing with family/significant others
  • Observing Breaking Bad news
  • Care of the High dependency patient
  • Observe/Care of a central venous catheter
  • Wound Care/Tissue Viability.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Interpretation of Arterial blood gases
  • Interpretation of basic ECG Infection control strategies
  • Chest auscultation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Body positioning and pressure area care
  • Nutritional Therapies- TPN Vs Enteral feeding
  • Drug calculations
  • Pharmacology

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • ICU resource library and articles
  • On site Library
  • Internet access
  • Observing and being supervised by highly trained specialist nurses in caring for the ICU/HDU patient

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Strict Insulin therapy to reduce mortality
  • Sedation scoring/ sedation protocol
  • Nutritional therapy within 6 hours of admission to reduce mortality
  • Nurse Led weaning (part of ventilation care bundles)
  • Critical Care Practice Based Educator that teaches staff and at the Trafford Skills Institute
  • Sepsis management (use of Xigris)
  • Eye and Mouthcare guidelines
  • Bowel guidelines

Spoke Placements

Students are able to ring up the unit to see if we can accommodate them but they must obtain written authorisation from the University for Spoke placements.

Additional Information

Nurse Manager Janet Howe

Practice Based Educator Jill Din