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The Childrens Unit - PAOP 23

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Placement Title The Childrens Unit - PAOP 23
Your Placement Contact Amanda Kerrigan, Naheed Mannan - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Rd, Oldham, OL1 2JH
Placement City/Town: Oldham
Placement Phone 0161 627 8866 and 0161 627 8867
Your University Contact: Elizabeth Charnock - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

An orientation session will take place of the ward and hospital on arrival with a member of the Student Team. During this session students will be able to complete their initial assessment documents, ask questions and get a feel for their surroundings. Students will be given an Information Pack containing relevant information of their practice placement.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students will be allocated a mentor/assessor prior to arrival on the unit. Students will work at least 40% of their time on placement with their allocated mentor/assessor.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.30am - 15.30pm


12.30pm - 20.30pm


20.00pm - 08.00am

Shift Notes:

Long days can be negotiated 07:30am – 20:30pm

However, the ward can be flexible.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

The Children’s Unit cares for patients with a range of health needs – Medical, surgical, orthopaedic. We care for children with complex needs and care of the critically ill child. On the Children’s Unit we have Observation and Assessment Unit (O&A) which observes and monitors children needing a shorter stay and not always needing an inpatient bed.
The Unit also cares for children who need input from Healthy Young Minds (formally CAMHS).

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Tierney model of nursing

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Following the care pathway of a child, from admission to theatre (if needed) through to discharge and homecare.
Skills include ANTT, observation and neurological observations, including the use of the Early Warning Score Tool (EWS) and assessment, fluid balance, safe administration of medicines, intravenous therapy and drug calculations.
Effective communication within the nursing team and with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). Learning about pre and post-operative care, also basic cares of a patient.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Other clinical skills used throughout the Unit are IV cannulation, administration of blood transfusions, and sedation for investigations e.g. CT scans. Care of tracheostomies and children needing enteral feeds.

What resources are available to help students learning?

On site we have an Education Centre which facilitates a library. This can be used for researching databases, literature searches, journals and books also available. Training sessions also take place at the Education Centre.
Spoke Placements can also be arranged to benefit learning e.g. Paediatric A&E, Neonatal Unit etc.
The Children’s Unit has a resource room for students which include journals, teaching packs and computers to utilise the trust intranet.
However, the Children’s Unit best resources are the staff!  We have link nurses who specialise in conditions we see on the ward for example Asthma, Diabetes, Infection Control and HDU plus many more who currently will have the evidenced based knowledge for their speciality. Also the Paediatric Practice Educators provide training and teaching sessions for all staff and students. All staff will teach, answer questions and provide support to students.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Appropriate use of the EWS Tool and following correct escalation procedure
Auditing Pain Management

Spoke Placements

A varied list provided in Student Information Pack

Additional Information

We aim to provide a high standard of care at all times which fulfil the needs of each individual patient and their families/carers, whilst taking into account and respecting their physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural and social needs. In doing so, we aim to provide care which is non-judgmental and respects the values, health beliefs and choices of each family.
We are committed to caring for each child as a family unit and recognise the importance of family participation in planning and delivering care.
We recognise each child as a unique developing individual whose best interests must be paramount.

We listen to children, attempt to understand their perspectives, opinions and feelings and acknowledge their right to privacy and confidentiality.

We respect each child's right to appropriate information and informed participation in the decisions about their care according to their age and understanding.

We provide appropriate play activities for each child according to their age and stage of development.

We recognise the child's need for continued education

As Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust OUR VISION is to be:
'A leading provider of joined up healthcare that will support every person who needs our services, whether in or out of hospital to achieve their fullest health potential.'

Our Values guide every action we take. They determine how we work and the promise we make to our patients, their families, the public and each other as colleagues.

WE ARE: Quality Driven, Responsible, Compassionate.