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Salford Home Based Treatment Team - GMWP 22

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Placement Title Salford Home Based Treatment Team - GMWP 22
Your Placement Contact Nick Smith Mentor/Practice Education Lead 0161 358 3494 Christine Bracken Mentor/Practice Education Lead support Liz Tudor Practice Education Facilitator 0161 358 1659 - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role


Placement Address Meadowbrook, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HG
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 358 3494
Your University Contact: Lisa Bluff - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

All students will be allocated a mentor/associate mentor prior to the commencement in practice. The student will receive a welcome pack and will receive a full orientation and induction during the first 48 hours.

Students are welcome to have a pre-visit to the service and partake in their induction prior to commencement in practice and time will be given in lieu (optional).

Please contact the placement no sooner than two weeks prior to commencement to arrange your shift pattern.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All Students are allocated a mentor or associate mentor to support them in practice, We can also accommodate third year final students with the support of a sign off mentor.

All mentor/associates and sign off mentors are updated on an annual basis as required by the NMC (2008) and are registered on the Live register for mentors held by the practice education Facilitators.

In the event of your allocated mentor being unavailable for annual leave or sickness alternative arrangements will be made to support your practice.

All qualified staff have the opportunity to study the preparation for mentorship module credited or non credited.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




2pm - 10pm


8.30pm- 7.45am

Shift Notes:

Students are encouraged to work a mixture of early, late and night shifts which incorporate some weekend exposure to experience 24 hour care.

Students are expected to work at least 40% of their time with their mentor. Unsociable hours worked after 8pm can be accrued and subtracted from the students required number of hours for night duty.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Home Treatment is defined as a community based method of treating mental illness and/or psychological distress that focuses on providing intensive intervention and treatment in the least restrictive environment possible(normally in the service users home)

The service is provided for:

  • Salford residents 16+
  • People with severe mental illness, in particular schizophrenia, bi-polar affective disorder and those with severe depressive disorder.
  • Those with acute psychiatric crisis of such severity, without the involvement of the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team hospitalisation would be necessary.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Bio psychosocial model

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • History taking
  • Identifying, quantifying and managing risks
  • Mental state assessment
  • Communicating with professionals within the wider multi-disciplinary team
  • Monitoring continuity of care
  • Adhering to treatment plans and ensuring modifications are made as necessary
  • Working collaboratively with patients using the nursing process.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Awareness of Community care and lone working/ health and safety
  • Visiting clients homes, supporting clients away from a hospital environment.
  • Developing communication skills
  • Risk Assessment
  • Assessment care planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Engagement and disengagement skills.
  • Team Working
  • Record keeping

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Working with clients in crisis in their own homes
  • Handovers Team meetings
  • Delegation skills
  • Management skills
  • Working with outside agencies e.g police
  • Intensive interventions

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • The students have access to internet and intranet. 
  • Library access at the Prestwich site and Mayo Building at Salford Royal Learning Packs.
  • All members of the team are an excellent resources to support you in your learning e-learning programmes
  • Study days/ in-house training
  • Spoke opportunities

Spoke Placements

Students can access a variety of spokes placements which are highlighted in the student welcome pack and in a spoke folder in placement.

Students are expected to complete a spoke placement feedback sheet to identify what learning outcomes they want to achieve, what they learnt from the spoke experience and a discussion with their mentor of their experience and what further development opportunities would support their learning.

Additional Information

Dress code

Students are not required to wear their Uniform but expected to dress smart casual and wear their ID badges at all times.

Students will be visiting clients in their own homes and students are expected to maintain a professional image of the Crisis Resolution Team Treatment Service at all times in and outside clinical areas.

Anybody in inappropriate dress will be sent home immediately on arrival to change.


You maybe supported by practice staff studying for the preparation for mentorship course, this is overseen by a qualified mentor and your documents will be countersigned by the mentor.

The Team are Unable to facilitate the Medicines management OSCE/PBA as learning outcomes cannot be achieved in this placement.