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Smithfield Services (Turning Point) - VCI 52

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Placement Title Smithfield Services (Turning Point) - VCI 52
Your Placement Contact Thomas Lymer, Karen Blunt - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Thompson Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, M4 5FY
Placement City/Town: Manchester
Placement Phone 0161 827 8570
Your University Contact: Elizabeth Burns - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students are requested to make contact via telephone with Smithfield 2 weeks before their placement commences. During this call you will be informed of who your mentor is and also you will be able to organise a visit to Smithfield to have a look round and pick up your Student Pack. If you cannot visit Smithfield prior to commencing your placement please provide an email address so that the Student Pack can be emailed out to you.

Students will be shown around and orientated to the unit by a member of staff and introduced to the team members.

Upon commencing your placement the induction to the placement checklist will be completed by a member of the nursing team and an initial assessment with their named mentor will be arranged to take place within the first week of placement where students will be able to discuss any specific learning needs and goals to be achieved during the placement.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students will be informed of their allocated mentor on commencement of placement and an initial assessment will take place within the first week.

Mentors will work closely with students throughtout the placement providing relevant learning opportunities and assist and support students in achieving their learning needs and objectives.

Mid-point and end of placement meetings will be arranged to take place at appropriate times.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7am - 3pm


1.15pm - 9.15pm


8.45pm - 7.15am

Shift Notes:

Students are able to participate in the full 24 hour cycle of care including nights, weekends and weekdays. Students are expected to work at least 3 shifts per week alongside named mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Students are able to observe and participate in the complete process of a service user detoxifying from alcohol and/or drugs.

This follows the service users journey through the service in its entirety, from taking referrals from community alcohol and substance misuse services, assessing clients for admission, observing/medicating clients in withdrawal, using assessment tools and clinical interventions when/where necessary and required, reviewing of client care and discharge planning, ITEP group work, one to one keyworking sessions, management of crisis situation, dealing with sensitive issues relating to client circumstances.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Smithfield Service is a nurse led unit which operates in a multi-disciplinary Team Nursing approach to client care. The multi-disciplinary team includes Nursing staff, support workers and consultant GP.

Our aim is to provide a network of support, which enables individuals to develop independent living skills, in order to achieve more fulfilling lives within the community.

This will take place in an environment that is safe, supportive and as least restricive as possible in order to maximise potential.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Holistic assessment of service users individual needs
  • Assessment of withdrawal symptoms using clinical assessment tools
  • Administration of medications and IM injections
  • Risk assessment and individual care planning skills
  • Communication skills
  • Facilitation of ITEP group sessions
  • Role and responsibilities of Nurse in charge of shift

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Team working skills
Time management skills
Administration skills

We constantly arrange and attend meetings with other charities and agencies to provide possible future clients and also community teams with up to date information on inpatient detox. Currently we are working alongside RAMP and lifeline in the Manchester area - this is a great opportunity for students to get involved with and also helps with leadership skills.

What resources are available to help students learning?

An experienced team of highly skilled professionals, both nursing and non-nursing
Student resource room
Teaching opportunities and in-house training
Access to journal articles/literature
Internet access
Support from all team members an da commitment to share experience and knowledge

Students will have the opportunity to work with and alongside a wide range of health and social care students including other nurses, social work students, OT students and health care students

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Smithfield Service is in a constant process of improvement and development.

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Additional Information

PEF: Elizabeth Tudor