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Salford Mental Health Liaison Team - GMWP 88

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Placement Title Salford Mental Health Liaison Team - GMWP 88
Your Placement Contact Victoria Callaghan, Helen Tordoff - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Senior Practitioner for Nursing

Placement Address Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 8541
Your University Contact: Lisa Bluff - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Induction Pack - can be emailed or posted prior to commencement of placement if requested. Log-in forms for ICI/Sunrise. Local induction. Meet mentor and multidisciplinary team.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

  • Annual Mentor updates
  • Protected time with the student to complete evaluations

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

The Liaison Service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days aweek. 

The shift times are as follows:

  • Early - 8am-4pm
  • Long Day - 9am-9pm
  • Late - 1.30pm- 10pm
  • Night - 9pm – 9am

Students are expected to work a variety of shiftsnegotiated with the mentor but must work at least 40% of their time withtheir allocated mentor

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

We have been established in order to meet the needs of people aged sixteen and above who are inpatients at Salford Royal and are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The mental health liaison team aspires to be a proactive, dynamic multidisciplinary team that offers a comprehensive range of mental health specialities to the patients at Salford Royal Hospital.

The service ensures that all patients over the age of sixteen can be assessed and treated, signposted or referred appropriately regardless of age, presenting complaint,locaton within the hospital or severity of symptoms. The team has a 'can do' attitude that delivers high quality assessments and management plans that meet patients needs whilst advocating for, and assisting with, early discharge from the hospital.

The service is an integral part of the acute hospital and works closely with a wide range of colleagues and prides itself in the help, support and expertise that it provides to staff and patients. Patients are referred to the liaison service for many reasons including:

  • Assessment of capacity
  • Assessment of cognitive function
  • Difficulties managing challenging behaviours
  • Previous history of mental illness or cognitive impairment
  • Risk assessment following incident of self harm
  • Management plans
  • Psychiatric medication review
  • Discharge planning service
  • Brought to a place of safety by the police on a Section 136

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Bio Psycho Social Model of Care.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Assessment Skills.
  • Enhance therapeutic skills.
  • Ways in which crisis is dealt with.
  • Risk assessment
  • Care Planning

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Assessment tools we use to support our assessments include:-

  • Hospital anxiety and depression scale (HAD)
  • Liaison Assessment Document
  • Mini mental state (MMSE)
  • Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (ACE)

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Student board
  • Small library of relevant books
  • Access to Salford Royal Library
  • Access to internet
  • In-service supervison and training sessions held on weekly basis

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

None currently

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Additional Information

We ask staff members, including students to dress in uniform. Salford Royal dress code is that we must be bare from the elbow ie: no watches and roll sleeves up if wearing a long sleeve top. This is in accordance with infection control guidelines.

All members of staff should wear an identification badge from personnel at Greater Manchester West.

Practice Educator Facilitator:- Liz Tudor - 0161 358 1659