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Dovedale Ward - GMWP 77

Placement Overview

Placement Title Dovedale Ward - GMWP 77
Your Placement Contact Andrew Woodward - 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 2066
Your University Contact: Kate Doyle - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Key Induction
  • Service
  • Security induction
  • Mentor
  • Link nurse allocation
  • Introduction
  • Student handbook/Operational policy
  • Clinical placement orientation.

Students have supernummery 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 nurse
  • Link 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.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07.00  - 15.00


13.00 - 21.00


19.00 - 07.15

Shift Notes:

Student off duty rotas are to be planned and students are expected to work with their mentor for a minimum of 3 out of 5 shifts (RCN 2002).

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Admissions from a variety of source detailed above
  • Inward transfers
  • Transfers to other establishments which meet clinical need (high secure, HMP)
  • 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?

Health Care Model (Hodge) Bio/social/psycho/political.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Risk Management/Assessment 
  • Handovers
  • Co ordination
  • Communication (IT - written - verbal)

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • 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

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

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

Spoke Placements

  • Wards within the Unit
  • Mens service: Borrowdale, Rivington,Silverdale,Ullswater (pre-discharge)
  • Womens service: Derwent, Buttermere, Hayeswater (Therapeutically enhance medium secure service)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Duty manager
  • Charles House
  • Clozaril Clinic
  • Kenyon House
  • Community Team
  • Social work department
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychology

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.

Dovedale is a 15 bedded Ward and provides assessment and treatment for male patients who are considered to be in an acute phase of their illness, or who are exhibition challenging behaviour.

Dovedale Ward is situated in the new purpose built building that has been designed to provide a safe, therapeutic environment for individuals who are considered a risk to themselves or others.

The facilities that the ward offers include e-suite facilities, a de-stimulation suite, a therapy kitchen, activity rooms and a multi-faith prayer room.

Dovedale Wards falls within the medium - high dependency category which forms part of the Edenfield Centres Functional Model of Care.

Patients are admitted from a variety of source including prison and acute mental health services, or are transferred from other clinical areas within the Adult Forensic Service.

Individuals are usually admitted to follow an assessment which indicates that they present a significant risk to themselves or others.

Also if their offending history is deemed to need assessment and treatment of their mental health difficulties on an acute ward within a medium secure environment.

Dovedale Ward aims is to support our patients the acute phase of their illness and safely move them on to a less intensive environment as soon as their needs allow. The Nursing Team aims to deliver a high quality Evidence Based Care. As a nursing team we will work collaboratively with all of our patients to ensure they are empowered as far as is possible around their mental health needs.

We work using benchmarking and clinical standards to improve and maintaining high quality of care, working within boundaries of clinical governance to ensure all care provided is supported by a body of evidence is regularly audited and is research based.

All patients on Dovedale Ward can expect to have individual sessions with an identified nurse on a daily bases. Ward based staff implement activities with in a therapeutic structured day which encourages individuals to engage in purpose activities as part of their daily routine which assists the assessment process. Other therapies/activities available within the multi-disciplinary team include:

  • Individual sessions with Primary Nurse
  • Gym sessions
  • Individual sessions with OT
  • Art therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Support/social group work
  • Education
  • Psychosocial interventions

Community visits (where leave allows) All patient and staff on Dovedale Ward can expect to be treated without judgement and with dignity and respect by a positive and motivated team.

We will respect diversity of all individuals on the ward and accept that everyone has a right to have their views and opinions heard. This is reflected to our staff commitment to the implementation of the staff charter.