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Pendlebury House (Turning Point) - VCI 53

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Placement Title Pendlebury House (Turning Point) - VCI 53
Your Placement Contact Gemma Davies - Senior Nurse - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address 100e Pendlebury Rd, Swinton, M27 4BF
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 728 6668
Placement Web Site
Your University Contact: Eunice Ayodeji - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Orientation to the building.
  • Discussion about the service.
  • You will be given an induction pack, medication questionaire and evaluation form (to be filled in after your final point review).
  • Discussion around your learning goals for this placement
  • Introduction to the staff team within the first week.
  • Facilitation of learning through a wide range of opportunities such as:- Medication management and build of knowledge of medication used in our service
  • Build on managing and leadership skills through the management of shifts and delegation skills
  • Opportunities to take on some key working responsibilities and build on 1:1 skills
  • Opportunities to have teaching sessions or present teaching sessions
  • Spoke placement opportunities
  • Opportunities to attend service user's reviews and complete necessary paperwork and present these.
  • General welcome and introduction
  • Planning of Placement

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

  • You will be allocated a mentor and an associate mentor whilst you are here on placement.
  • You will have lots of opportunities to meet with your mentor.
  • Your initial, mid and final point reviews will most of the time be booked in advance.
  • Opportunities to attend or present teaching sessions.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.30 am - 3.30 pm


1.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.


9.15 p.m. - 7.45 a.m.

Shift Notes:

Long days can be arranged if the student wants to do these (7.30am-9.30pm). The student will need to work 40% of their shifts with their allocated mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • 1:1 session with service users every week.
  • Reviews and renewals to service users's paperwork (risk assessments, recovery star, support plans, MANCAS).
  • Dispensing and observing medication, observing for side effects of medication.
  • Opportunities to complete 1:1 activities and daily living skills with service users.
  • Opportunities to go out with service users either on 1:1 basis or on group activities.
  • Opportunities to complete review paperwork and present it to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Observation of mental health and physical health.
  • Planning, implementing, reviewing and evaluation the care provided to service users.
  • Working with staff and service users in areas or working with psychological formulations, various
  • PSI tools including anger management, relapse signatures and self esteem work.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Recovery model is used at Pendlebury House. It would benefit you to read around this model of care before you come on placement. We also use Recovery Star as a working document so it would also befefit you to read about these.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Medication management, use and effects and side effects, building your knowledge around medications that are used on our service.
  • Building on observational skills and subjective writing.
  • Communication with service users.
  • Service user's involvement, when it comes to their care.
  • Completing paperwork for service users reviews and presenting this to the MDT.
  • Follow up anything from this review and implement changes needed.
  • Planning, implementing, reviewing and evaluating the care provided to service users.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Injection techniques. Use of various PSI tools.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Student Induction Pack.
  • Student medication questionaire.
  • Student medication handbook.
  • Resource room with computer access and lots of learning materials such as journals, books and handouts.
  • Opportunities to do teaching sessions.
  • Movitated Team

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

We are currently part of a pilot scheme that are service user led meetings (Tri-sector/regional meetings) where service users from Manchester (Tri-sector) then service users from other regions (Tri-regions) get together and discuss what is currently going on the their service and what we could make better or what service users dont like, what they disagree with. This is to get service users more involved in what is going on within their services.

In-house teaching.

Use of psychology formulations.

Recording and measuring clinical outcomes.

Spoke Placements

  • Copeland Ward
  • Meadowbrook Hospital, locked rehab - part of the pathway.
  • Willow Cottage, Turning Point Rehab Service.
  • Smithfiels, Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Hollybank, Step Down Service from ourselves (where we sometimes refer our service users to).

We will do our best to arrange spokes that are not on the list if they are going to be beneficial to your learning, speak to your mentor.

Additional Information

Public Health

Anual health checks

Weight Management

Exercise groups

Register with GP & dentist

You don't have to wear uniforms for this placement, but we ask that you dress appropriately considering that this is an all male unit.

PEF: Liz Tudor Practice Education Facillitor

0161 772 4609