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Early Intervention Team, Rochdale - PCRP 16

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Placement Title Early Intervention Team, Rochdale - PCRP 16
Your Placement Contact Sarah Shepherd, Catherine McKenna - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address John Elliott Unit, Birch Hill Hospital, Birch Road, Rochdale, OL12 9QB
Placement City/Town: Rochdale
Placement Phone 01706 676289 - PEL mobile 07879412756.
Your University Contact: Caroline Morton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Experience of multiagency practice in the community. We are a team comprising of Nurses ,Social Workers, Psychologists, CBT therapist, Support worker we also have our own Consultant Psychiatrist and associated Junior Medical staff.

We also have a Mentally Disordered Offender - M .D. O / E.I.S post. The nurse/ social worker in post has a specific role in assessment and support of those with Mental Health problems known to and or presenting to the Criminal Justice System.

We accept referrals from Inpatient Services, Single Point of Entry, Primary Care and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The student has the opportunity to follow the path way of care both into and out of the service.

Insight to therapeutic work in the patients home.

Exposure to the importance of Family work within the Framework of the PSI model of care.

To gain an understanding of various assessments tool and see their use in daily practice.

Various spoke placements with an emphasis on exposure to young peoples services both statuary and non statuary.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


Monday to Friday 9-5pm.



Shift Notes:

Community team, weekends or nights not available. Dress: Smart casual. We do wear Jeans on placement but use our discretion in dress when attending formal meetings, court etc with our patients.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Inpatient settings, community settings, prison, probation, supported services.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Focus on the recovery model utilising an assertive approach and social inclusion techniques. Guided by the CPA.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Engagement skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Social inclusion skills 
  • Medication education including depot
  • Time management skills 
  • Organisation skills 
  • Confidentiality, anti-discriminatory practice 
  • MHA

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Child protection awareness 
  • Vulnerable adult awareness 
  • Drug misuse 
  • CPA/PAD documentation 
  • PANSS assessment 
  • CAARMS assessment 
  • Relapse prevention work
  • Tertiary services awareness

What resources are available to help students learning?

Limited recourses but access to the Web is good.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

ReCAP study - Manchester University - Rethinking Choices After Psychosis - examines the benefits of motivational interviewing and CBT therapy ( MiCBT) ,in additional to usual care of people who sometimes use cannabis and have experienced first episode of psychosis.

imPaCT - Improving Participation in Cognitive Therapy - a randomised controlled trail of cognitive remediation, an intervention to improve neuropsychological functioning. Hopes that improving concentration, memory and planning before a course of cognitive Behavioural Therapy will improve its outcome.

Spoke Placements

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Early Break - young peoples drug and alcohol service
  • Youth Offending Team
  • M Depot Clinics
  • Learning Disabilities Team
  • Psychological therapies/HUB team within E.I.S
  • Carers Resource

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