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Gardener Unit - GMWP 26

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Placement Title Gardener Unit - GMWP 26
Your Placement Contact Peter Johnson, Christian Holland - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Practice Educational Leads

Placement Address Prestwich Hospital, Bury New Rd, Prestwich, M25 3BL
Placement City/Town: Prestwich
Placement Phone 0161 358 1745
Your University Contact: Eunice Ayodeji - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will be given a unit induction incorporating unit policies, security issues, identification of all professionals and client care issues.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students will be allocated a mentor prior to arrival.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

Shift Patterns: Early: 7am-3pm Late: 1pm-9pm Long days 7am-7pm/9am-9pm Nights 7pm-7-15am

It is expected that you will adopt the working pattern of your Mentor and work at least 40% of your time with them, this equates to a minimum of 2 shifts a week.

You are encouraged to work a mixture of early, lates and night shifts which incorporates some weekend exposure.

Students are expected to work a minimum of two weekends on four. Students can work log days provided they work it with their mentor. The service provides a 24 hour service 365 days a year.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for young people with severe mental health problems and challenging behaviour in a medium secure, forensic setting.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Communication skills, developing a therapeutic rapport, reflective practice, advocacy, establishing and maintaining therapeutic boundaries, problem solving and goal planning, cultural needs of service users, pharmacological approaches, team working.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Leadership, management, psychosocial interventions/approaches, assessment of risk, mental state and other needs, the Mental Health Act, the Children Act, care programme approach, evidence based practice.

What resources are available to help students learning?

There are various learning resources, including a research and development room, a library facility, and specialist nurses.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Senior Support Worker Development Programme
  • Psychosocial Intervention programme (multi grade, multi professional)
  • Assistant Practitioner Trainee Study to examine burnout, and attitudes to and knowledge of Psychosocial interventions among support workers

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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.

Nursing Philosophy

Our "mission" is to provide a safe, secure and nurturing/therapeutic environment which will meet the health needs of young people between the ages of 11-18. Young people are respected and valued as being unique with individual needs and wants. Their views/wishes are treated with respect.

Care is client centred, individualised and eclectic, with individual therapeutic work having an emphasis on cognitive behavioural approaches. We aim to promote physical, psychological, social, spiritual, moral and educational development. By focusing on needs rather than problems we attempt to nurture and build young people.

Our principles of care include partnership and collaboration with the young person, with honesty and trust being encouraged. Young people are always encouraged to "have a say" in all aspects of their care and to influence this positively; this may include access to and involvement in nursing care planning and participation in care team meetings.

Every effort is made to ensure young people maintain positive links with their families and where possible care is family centred. Young people are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and develop respect for themselves. They are also encouraged to treat others with respect.

Staff are required to have respect, be non judgmental in their attitudes and have positive regard for young people. Staff also have a right to feel valued and supported. By investing in support and clinical supervision for nurses we seek to enhance and sustain good practice.

Our approach to challenging behaviour is essentially non punitive. Our emphasis is on reinforcing everything that is positive and conflicts with negative or challenging behaviour. This includes care that seeks to build positive self esteem. By reinforcing positive and appropriate behaviour and avoiding reinforcing negative behaviour, the young people can increase their insight and begin to make more positive choices.

We aim to provide a nurturing, relaxed home for young people during their stay. A range of diversional, educational and social activities are offered which seek to stimulate and reinforce appropriate adolescent behaviour.

All aspects of care are underpinned by a strong multi-disciplinary approach which strives to provide a holistic model of care to achieve quality care for our young people. We work within the UKCC code of professional conduct for nurses, midwives and health visitors.

We are committed to developing research based care and to change in the interests of improved child care. Lastly our service continually seeks to enhance user involvement and consultation.