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Brook Ward - NUOS 01

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Placement Title Brook Ward - NUOS 01
Your Placement Contact Hannah Dooks, Graham Quinn - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role Ward Manager & Deputy Ward Manager
Placement Address Moorside Unit, Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Manchester, M41 5SL
Placement City/Town: Manchester
Placement Phone 0161 746 2696
Your University Contact: John Vernon - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Orientation/ Induction booklet, numerous learning packs, organised departmental visits, semester specific ward resource area.

Mentors are allocated before students arrive on the ward.

All students will be allocated a mentor/associate mentor prior to the commencement in practice. The student will receive a welcome pack and will receive a full orientation and induction during the first 48 hours.

Students are welcome to have a pre-visit to the service and partake in their induction prior to commencement in practice and time will be given in lieu (optional).

Please contact the placement no sooner than two weeks prior to commencement to arrange your shift pattern.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07.30 - 15.30


12.30 - 20.30

Shift Notes:

Long Day:- 07.30 - 19.45

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Brook ward uses a systematic problem solving approach to nursing care based on the ASPIRE (assessment, systematic nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, recheck and evaluation (Barrett et al 2012).

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Mental Health diagnosis
  • 1:1 interview techniques
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Therapeutic activities incorporated into mental health assessment
  • Admission/discharge procedures - incorporating care programme approach
  • Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Risk assessment management
  • Violence and aggression management
  • Hygiene issues - handwashing, infection control etc.
  • Physical observations
  • Admin of medication and injections

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Diabetes Management.
  • Physical Examination.
  • Communication i.e. Chairing a therapeutic group.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Intranet
  • Internet (via identified qualified staff with passwords for access)
  • Written information/documents
  • Library access and membership of Trafford General Hospital library with study areas and internet access
  • Library access at the Prestwich site
  • All members of the team are excellent resources to support you in your learning e-learning programmes
  • Study days/ in-house training
  •  Spoke opportunities

Spoke Placements

See Student Handbook for further Spokes.

Additional Information

Nurses on the unit now wear uniforms and students are asked to come in their uniforms (black trousers and white polo shirt)

Identification badges are essential.

Students are asked to telephone the Ward before the placement starts to arrange the shift they are to start on.