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Ward T3 Vascular Unit - PAOP 35

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Placement Title Ward T3 Vascular Unit - PAOP 35
Your Placement Contact Karen Bedford, - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Rd, Oldham, OL1 2JH
Placement City/Town: Oldham
Placement Phone 0161 627 8850/8851
Your University Contact: June Rutherford - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Assigned to a mentor and initial shift pattern agreed beforearrival.

Given copy of Ward orientation pack for students.

Aims and objectives agreed between the mentor and the studentat initial interview

Access to spokes with Vascular Specialist Nurses, Theatre,Radiology and members of the Multidisciplinary team amongst others

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Mentors are assigned before arrival. There willbe some cross cover of mentoring and assessing to cover annual leave, sicknessand rotation onto night duty

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07.30 - 15.30 (30 min break)


12.30 - 20.30 (30 min break)


20.00 - 08.00 (90 min break)

Shift Notes:

Days:- 07.30 - 20.30 (60 min break)

Notes: Long days can only be undertaken withagreement from Mentor. This will incur a shortfall of 90 minutes per week andwill require an occasional extra shift depending upon length of placement.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Emergency and elective Vascular inpatient service for wholeof Pennine Acute area.

Includes Pre and Post operative care, radiologicalintervention, and complex wound assessment and care.

Also includes lifestyle advice and risk reduction in managinglong term conditions.Provisionof care to meet needs of patients with chronic, long term conditions, and theacutely ill patient

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Tierney

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Meeting basic nursing care needs of dependent patients

Assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating care forthis group of patients.

Assessment and care of the acutely ill patient.

Care of patients pre and post operatively

Risk assessment, including MUST and Pressure ulcer risk, withassociated care planning.

Moving and handling safely.

Handwashing and prevention of cross infection

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Knowledge of the circulatory system (anatomy, physiology anddisease)

Assessment of circulation including use of hand held Doppler.

Complex wound assessment and application of dressings,including ANTT

What resources are available to help students learning?


Use of the internet

Access to clinical specialists

Opportunities to observe relevant surgery and procedures

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Ward works closely with Vascular Nurse Specialists indeveloping patient care pathways and any Vascular research undertaken by Vasculardepartment.

Spoke Placements

Access to Theatre, Radiology, Clinics, Specialist nurses,Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy etc

Additional Information

Philosophy of Care

The ward is concerned with a holistic approach to caring for people. Our aim is to promote recovery, assisting patients back to health, and to achieve their maximum potential for independence, particularly when surgery means that lifestyle changes need to be made.

We believe that each person merits equal care and attention, has individual needs, emotions and problems unique to him or her, and we aim to assess and plan how these needs can be met. As such each patient will be assigned a Named nurse responsible for his/her care and looked after by a team of nurses who will be familiar with these individual needs by promoting continuity of care. Appropriate care will then be implemented and evaluated by nurses using the Nursing Process. We are also responsible for health promotion to prevent illness by education and example.

We endeavour to be sensitive to the psychological and social needs of the patient and relatives, and will do our best to allay any fears and anxieties. Through recognition of the specialist skills required in meeting the total needs of each patient in preparing for discharge, the nurse will communicate with, and co-ordinate other members of the multidisciplinary team at an early stage, keeping the patient and relatives informed, and respecting their wishes.

Unfortunately, not all patients can recover, as death is an inevitable part of human life. At this time we aim to provide both the patient and relatives all the care support needed, in a sensitive manner, whilst helping the patient to a peaceful and dignified death.

We recognise the value of each individual member of the ward team and acknowledge our professional responsibilities. We acknowledge our responsibility to students to provide a suitable learning environment and supervision.

We aspire to provide a consistently high standard of care with the resources available to us.