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Middleton Central DN - PARP 46

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Placement Title Middleton Central DN - PARP 46
Your Placement Contact Samantha Kerr (The best method of contacting this placement is via email because the phone system does not have an answer machine and rings engaged when the member of staff is out of the office. ) - Send Email
Placement Address Woodside Medical Centre, Wood St, Langley, Middleton, M24 5QL
Placement City/Town: Middleton
Placement Phone 0161 251 8351 or DN Liaison Team - 01706 676363
Your University Contact: Natalie Yates-Bolton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

The team is based upstairs so please ask at reception for the DN's

Students will arrive about 9am on their first morning and will be shown round the centre by a member of the Team and introduced to appropriate staff and made to feel welcome.

At some time during their first day, a member of their Team will go through the Induction list with them, as per the assessment booklet. E.g. sickness reporting, health and safety information files, location of policy files, etc. They will be shown modes of communication and mail points, location of message books, fax machine, email access, any teaching and learning resources, and a brief overview of the management structure of the Trust.

Hours of duty and uniform policy will be discussed. They will meet their mentor at the earliest opportunity but will have a named person to relate to until their mentor is available. The student's initial interview will take place at the earliest opportunity but certainly within the first week.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Adult branch students are allocated a mentor within a District Nursing Team prior to arrival at their placement and will have the name of their mentor given in the welcome letter sent out by the Clinical Placement Co-ordinator.

Students are asked to contact the placement one week before their starting date to confirm their arrival. All mentors have a mentorship qualification. All Specialist Practitioners are nurse prescribers.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?

Shift Notes:

All students will work a thirty seven and a half hour week over five days. Generally this will be 8.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday but this may be negotiated with their mentor. One hour is allocated for lunch. Students are expected to work a minimum of one weekend, preferably with their mentor, during an average allocation of six weeks.

Students are also expected to work a minimum of two evenings during an average allocation of six weeks. Some areas have an integrated day/evening service and students will be able to work on a rota system to fit in with their mentor. Where this is not the case, students will access the evening service based at Pikes Lane Centre by prior arrangement and negotiation.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Care of patients in their own home or Treatment Clinics

Care of patients in Residential Care Homes, Neighbourhood Network Homes

Acute and non-acute medical and post-operative care

Wide and varied range of wound care with extensive range of wound dressings

Care of leg ulcers, venous and arterial

Occasionally malignant leg ulcers

Compliance and non-compliance of treatments Maintenance treatments of anaemias, vitamin deficiencies, hormone disorders

Care of patients with eye problems, post cataract, glaucoma, blindness

Palliative and terminal care

Shared care with Social services and other agencies

Care of the acute and chronically ill - short and long term care

Health promotion situations

Continence assessments and treatments

Care of the catheterised patient

Caring for patients with learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, etc

Bowel care - acute and chronic

Diabetic care - insulin and non-insulin dependent

Care of patients diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis preventing hospital admissions

Paraplegic patient care

Follow up care of patients who have had day surgery

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Generally Orem's model of self care and also Roper, Logan and Tierney's model based on the activities of daily living. Other models may be used in individual situations appropriate to the needs of the patient.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Ear syringing

Male and female urinary catheterisation


Recording of blood pressure, blood sugar

Injections - subcutaneous and intramuscular

Administration of eye drops, creams, lotions

Administration of suppositories, enemas, rectal medication

Aseptic technique and wound care

Bandaging, wool and crepe and understanding of four layer support

Removal of sutures and clips

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Central line management

Use and maintenance of the syringe driver

Care of eye prosthesis

Care of supra pubic catheter

Setting up and maintenance of parenteral feeding regimes

Understanding of the administration of Zoladex injections

Stoma care

Care of gastrostomy, PEG feeds

Doppler assessments

Care of chemotherapy and intravenous therapy

Care of tracheostomy

What resources are available to help students learning?

All areas have resource information available for students, full internet access and also access to the main healthcare databases e.g. CINAHL, following input of a password and code. Many areas have their own area specific induction pack for students with information pertaining to the individual placement.