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Chaucer Ward - Meadowbrook - GMWP 41

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Placement Title Chaucer Ward - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - GMWP 41
Your Placement Contact Symmone Harvey, Pamela Mpunga - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Meadowbrook Unit, Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 772 4376
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 their 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 2 weeks prior to commencement to arrange your shift pattern.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All student 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 not credited

Sometimes you may be mentored by a trainee mentor, this will be overseen by a qualified mentor in practice

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07.30am - 15.30pm


13.00pm - 21.00pm


19.30pm - 07.45am

Shift Notes:

Long Day - 07.30am - 19.45pm

30 minute break on short shifts, 1 hour break on long day and night shift

Students are expected to work a variety of shifts to experience the 24 hour cycle of care

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for patients with a variety of mental health problems, Intensive care, safe and secure setting

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Recovery Focused

Holistic assessment

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Administering medication - orally and intramuscularly

Undertaking drug calculations

Preparing for multi-disciplinary team meetings, collating information to present at these meetings

Attending multi-disciplinary team meetings and taking part where appropriate

Liaising with individual members of the MDT face to face, by phone, fax and by letter/email

Observing and taking part in communication with patients on the ward

Supporting and giving information to patients' carers and relatives

Engaging in therapeutic activities and groups on the ward

Assisting patients to undertake activities of daily living

Taking part in assessing the risk of patients and of the environment

Carrying out risk management strategies

Taking part in mental state assessment and the documentation of this

Taking part in the planning and assessment of care plans

Providing care as directed in the patient's care plans

Working as part of the nursing team being responsible for the care of patients during the shift

Undertaking record keeping in various forms including computerized record keeping

Working with both informal patients and those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983

Using evidence based assessment tools

Observing the adaptation of the service to meet government policies and guidelines

Observing nurses working within professional guidelines

Undertake physical observations and take part in physical care of patients

Access opportunities to delegate work and allocate jobs to members of the team

Enhance problem solving skills, decision making and time management

Working with patients from different racial, ethnic and religious groups

Working with patients who have additional needs eg language barriers, physical disabilities, learning disabilities

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

ECT, physical investigations, research based mood charts, home assessments, physio input, O.T. input, catheterization.

What resources are available to help students learning?

The students have access to internet and intranet

Library access at the Prestwich site and Mayo Building at Salford Royal

All members of the team are excellent resources to support you in your learning

e-learning programmes

Study days/in-house training

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Spoke Placements

A variety of spokes are available for students to attend under the negotiation of the mentor

Additional Information

The placement accommodates 2nd and 3rd year students only

All practice based assessments can be achieved in placement

Please contact Nigel for a pre visit, this is highly recommended.

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.