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Buttermere Ward - GMWP 2

Placement Overview

Placement Title Buttermere Ward - GMWP 2
Your Placement Contact Johanna Black, Nicky Stott - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Prestwich Hospital, Bury New Rd, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3BL
Placement City/Town: Prestwich
Placement Phone 0161 358 2063
Your University Contact: Kate Doyle - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Service/security induction
  • Mentor/link nurse allocation/introduction
  • Student handbook/operational policy
  • Clinical placement orientation

Students have super-nummery status, however are encouraged to participate in clinical activities under the direct supervision of the mentor or supervisor.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

  • ENB 998
  • Prep for mentorship
  • Associated mentorship courses and updates
  • Student link nurseLink nurse co-ordinator
  • University link
  • Clinical managerial supervision

In order for students to gain maximum benefit from this clinical practice placement, all ward-based nurses (including those who are not mentor trained) are encouraged to actively involve students in the delivery of patient care and treatment.

Students are encouraged to shadow the varying roles on the ward ranging from treatment nurse, security nurse and activity co-ordinator.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:


Night- 19.00-07.15

Long Days- 07.00-19.15

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Admissions/transfers/discharges
  • Primary nursing
  • Assessment
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Reviews
  • Care Programme Approach
  • Mental Health Act
  • Complex/Challenging needs
  • Personality disorder
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • NMC
  • Confidentiality
  • Holistic (bio-psycho-social)
  • Care

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Recovery Model

What core clinical skills can be learnt?


What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Handovers
  • Co ordination
  • Communication (IT - written - verbal)
  • Delegation
  • Medication administration oral - depot
  • Time management
  • 1:1 sessions
  • Group sessions
  • MDT approach
  • Risk management
  • Security
  • Boundary setting
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Therapeutic risk taking
  • Assessment
  • Care planning implementation
  • CPA reviews

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Mentors
  • Associate Mentors
  • MDT
  • Student resource room
  • Onion model
  • PBL trigger folders
  • Desktop folders Assessment tools
  • Psychosocial interventions folders
  • Practice Nurse
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Mental Health Act
  • Notice boards Internet
  • Intranet
  • Library
  • W.I.S.H (women in secure hospital - Advocacy)

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Structured day
  • Refocusing
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Motivational interviewing
  • SOTPSTART - risk assessment
  • Student development topics
  • World Model
  • Reflection Models
  • Clinical - Managerial
  • Supervision

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Additional Information

If you are pregnant, please contact the University Placements Unit as soon as possible as you will not be accepted for a placement in this area.

We hope that your placement will be both enjoyable and informative, we aim to provide you with an excellent learning environment from which you will gain many useful skills and positive experiences.

We endeavour to provide you with evidence based knowledge and to teach you good working practice in accordance to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Buttermere ward is a female 9 bedded forensic acute ward based at The Edenfield Centre regional secure unit.

Many of the women have been referred from prison other secure units, special hospitals and from community from around the North-West.

Buttermere ward promotes rehabilitation and recovery through the acute phase of a patients mental illness using the recovery model of care.

The nursing team aim to educate and encourage their patients to fully understand their mental illness and advocate the reinforcement of positive social behaviours through boundary setting and intensive nursing input.

The ward caters for all kinds of mental health illness including schizophrenia, bi-polar, schizoaffective disorder and personality disorder.

It is not uncommon for patients to have a history of drug and alcohol abuse and also eating disorders and a history of self-harm and/or attempted suicide.

Buttermere ward has a philosophy to treat its female patients with respect and dignity whilst supporting and encouraging them through their illness during a time of crisis.

Each patient is assigned a nursing team comprising of a primary nurse, and associate nurse and support workers. They will also have a multi-disciplinary team including a consultant, social workers, CPN's and occupational therapists.

Each team member has a role in the rehabilitation and recovery of their patient.

The aim of the ward is to provide individualised care, using the appropriate skills and expertise of the staff group to:

  • Assist the individual to regain the best level of mental health
  • Assess the risk to patient and others
  • Offer input to patients with particular specialist needs
  • Reduce the risk of repeat offending
  • Assist the individual to move to the most appropriate placement in the future.