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Chapman Barker Unit - GMWP 59

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Placement Title Chapman Barker Unit - GMWP 59
Your Placement Contact Natalie McNabb, Julie Hughes - PEL - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Prestwich Hospital, Bury New Road, M25 3BL
Placement City/Town: Prestwich
Placement Phone 0161 772 3558
Placement Web Site
Your University Contact: Gary Lamph - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

All students will be given a welcome pack and be allocated a mentor.

Students will meet their mentor and associate within the first week.

Students will be given a thorough local induction and will be able to collect information about the various treatment pathways availabel on the unit.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Mentors and associate mentors will be allocated prior to commencement of placement. During the student's initial with their mentor they can discuss their individual objectives for the placement and negitiate their leaning package.

The unit does work on a team mentorship basis but students would be expected to work the minumum of 40% of their hours with their mentor.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7am - 3pm


1pm - 9pm


7pm - 7.15am.

Shift Notes:

Long days are 7am - 7.15pm.

The unit works on the GMW shift pattern of 2 x 7-7 shifts and 2 early/late shifts per week. It is expected that students would also work this shift pattern in order to enhance their learning opportunities, however individual circumstances will be taken into account and this can be discussed with mentors on commencement of placement.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Patients are admitted to the unit for an average of 3-4 weeks to undergo detoxification from alcohol or other substances and/or stabilisation on substitute medication depending on their need. We are a specialist unit providing services to those individuals with dual diagnosis, complex physical health needs, mental health needs and/or social needs.

There is a large amount of physical health care provided on the unit and we do have registered general nurse, who students are able to spend time with, who provides wound care, venepuncture, intravenous medication, dietary advice, support and information and other physical health care.

Nursing staff will provide individual sessions around their recovery using a range of techniques and tools including motivational interviewing, ITEP mapping and the Recovery Star tool.

There is also a social worker on the unit and a therapy team who provide brief CBT based intervention and facilitate group work sessions. Students can spend time with both the social worker and the therapy team.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The unit is guided by the recovery model and the cycle of change however there is also a large influence from the medical model due to the complexity of physicl health needs for patients.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Students can practice medication administration including the measuring, recording and administration of controlled drugs, and students can observe the administration of intravenous medication/fluids.

There will be opportunity to practice injection technique and physical observations.

Students will have the opportunity to learn abut and possibly practice wound care techniques depending on needs of clients during the time of placement.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Developing and resolving of therapeutic relationships.
  • Urinalysis - both in terms of urine drug screens and also testing for signs of infection.
  • Fluid/diet monitoring.
  • ITEP mapping.
  • De-escalation techniques.

What resources are available to help students learning?

All our treatment protocols are evidence based and students are able to access these and discuss them with their mentor, there is a range of information available about the use of alcohol and drugs and the different treatments available which students can take copies of.

There are in-house training sessions run on a weekly basis by staff on the unit and external agents, students can also access the trust library which has a large amount of informaiton regarding substance dependence.

We are an multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors, nurses (mental health and general), social worker, physiotherapist, CBT therapist, complementary therapists and also where appropriate substance misuse midwife - students are able to spend time with individuals from each of these disciplines in order to enhance their placement experience.

There are also a range of internet based resources that students can access.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

RADAR Ward is a new initiative being funded by the strategic health authority to treat individuals with substance issues who present at A&E but who may not have accessed community services.

Research and project work being done into working with service veterans who have developed substance dependence.

Involved in pilot project for Recovery STAR tool and also a new version of the STAR risk assessment tool to make it accessibe and uniform for all practitioners.

Spoke Placements

Students can spend time with the RGN. social worker and therapy team on the unit, they may also be able to negotiate time with the physiotherapist and psychologists who work with the unit.

Also students can arrange spokes with community drug and alcohol teams and spend time at the Brian Hore Unit - these can be discussed with mentors depending on the individual's learning objectives.

Additional Information

Specialist inpatient detox unit - 26 bedded unit providing detoxification and/or stabilisation to individuals with complex needs: mental, physical or social needs.

Apollo Ward - 24 beds - planned admission ward for males referred through community services.

Athena Ward - 12 - 15 beds - planned admission ward for females referred through community services. - This is inclusive of 10 beds for the RADAR Ward - Rapid Alcohol Detox Ward for acute hospital referrals

Radar - 8 beds

At the Chapman Barker Unit we do wear a uniform and would expect students to do the same.

We recommend that ALL students allocated a placement arrange a pre-placement visit.

All OSCE/Practice based assessment competencies can be achieved on this placement.

We look forward to meeting you for your placement.

PEF Contact - Liz Tudor 0161 358 1659