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Galaxy House (inpatient CAMHS) - CMMCP 6

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Placement Title Galaxy House (inpatient CAMHS) - CMMCP 6
Your Placement Contact Edward Corcoran - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Manchester Children's Hospital, Harrington Building, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9WL
Placement City/Town: Manchester
Placement Phone 0161 701 4512
Your University Contact: Moira McLoughlin - 0161 295 2772 - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

There is an induction pack for students for when they arrive for their placement, they will already have a mentor allocated before they arrive.
Students would be encouraged to be flexible with their shifts to ensure that they cover the whole timetable over their placement, as certain meetings/assessments happen on certain days.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Mentors know which students they will be mentoring in advance. We have a quarterly mentor support group, and all mentors have to annually update their training.
There is a mentor resource pack, and other websites and helpful information available.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07:00 - 15:00


13:00 - 21:00


Shift Notes:

Within the shift times students would also get a half hour break.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Young people are assessed and treated for eating disorders, depression, anxiety, psychosis, chronic fatigue, soiling/incontinence problems, and mood disorders. We also look treat young people with a diagnosis of ‘Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome’ (PAWS)

What nursing model is used for planning care?

An eclectic mix of a medical & social model of nursing.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Measuring temperature, blood pressure, pulse, weight, height, calculating BMIs, administrating medication, preparing young people to have bloods taken with relevant medication e.g.: ametop.
Using hoisting equipment to help young people attend to their personal hygiene. Monitoring and recording young peoples diets, sleep, and behaviour on a daily basis.
Sometimes we have young people who are being Naso-gastrically fed, so aspirating, checking tube in situ, and passing feeds via pump. Attending groups. New case assessments, CPA review meetings, giving & receiving handover.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

*Record keeping
*Report writing
*Presenting to the MDT
*Working with specially adapted meal plans
*Supervising meal times.
*Working with young people who have emotional difficulties, educating them, and their carers about             their illness, or medication/treatment options.
*Following the pathway from first referral to discharge.
*Completing assessment tools e.g.: CHEAT, SAB, CAMHS AID, Mania rating scales, behavioural       programmes, soiling programmes.
*Giving a prepared handover
*Bleeping members of the MDT.

What resources are available to help students learning?

*All the staff are used to working with students. Most are Mentors
*There is a comprehensive student pack, a student notice board including information and contacts.
*There are resource packs for each diagnosis, and NICE guidelines.
*There is access to the internet, and written literature.
*Regular teaching sessions, and a library on site.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Productive Wards and policy updating.

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Additional Information

The staff are committed to students, and link with other CAMHS agencies on a regular basis to ensure that a consistent approach is maintained.
Practice Educator Facilitator - - 0161 901 1854

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