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Rochdale Pathways - PCRP 5

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Placement Title Rochdale Pathways - PCRP 5
Your Placement Contact Sarah Ahmad, Jenny Elliott - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Sarah Ahmad – Detox and Clinic Nurse
Jenny Elliott – Senior Nurse

Placement Address 13 St Chads Court, Church Lane, Rochdale, OL16 1QU
Placement City/Town: Rochdale
Placement Phone 01706-676500
Your University Contact: Suzanne King - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Mentor and desk allocation
Orientation to the placement, environment and introduction to staff
IT access
Students will have access to trust policies and guidelines, including medicines management
1:1 Initial meeting with mentor within first week and identification of competencies and learning needs

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

We have four nurses (2x RNMH) (2x RGN)
Who are fully qualified mentors, we ensure that all mentors attend updates as required and are up to date with knowledge surrounding mentoring students as per NMC guidance.

Students will work closely with their mentors and encouraged to also work with the wider MDT and other nurses within the team to ensure exposure to different styles of working and a broad range of knowledge and skills.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

We work 9-5pm Monday- Friday
We also have an evening clinic on a Wednesday till 7pm

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Drug and Alcohol community detox
Doctor’s clinics- new starters and treatment reviews
Nurse prescribing clinics
Engaging clients into treatment and developing communication skills with our client group
Triage assessments, including undertaking our specific paperwork, TARA risk assessments
Exposure to prescribed medications used within substance misuse services- methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Lofexidine, Disulfiram, Librium and Acamprosate.
1:1 Key work sessions with clients- developing communications skills.
Motivational interviewing
Referral to other services
Group work with service users
Undertaking Clinical Opiate and alcohol withdrawal scales and annual physical health screens- including manual BP and Pulse.
Needle exchange facilities- including demonstration of how to use injecting equipment, BBV screening / LFT’s- pre and post- test with our clinical nurse specialist.
Overdose risks / tolerance levels/ relapse prevention work
Safe storage of medication advice including home visits, attending child protection meetings and working with clients with child protection concerns.
Liaising with community pharmacies / exposure to prescriptions
Updating and review care plans, risk assessments, TOPs, undertaking drug screening and pregnancy tests.
Dual Diagnosis, including monitoring clients whose mental health is managed by their GP
Mental health promotion- including referrals to psychological therapies.
Undertaking assessments with clients presenting with Mental Health problems and liaising with CMHTs, Crisis Resolution, Access and Liaison and in-patient wards Multi-agency

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Recovery model- using Pennine Care policy.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Assessing planning, implementing and evaluating client care.
Administration of medicines, exposure to controlled drugs, ordering medications.
Physical health checks including; Blood pressure, Pulse, Breathalyser, weight and height checks.
Blood Borne Virus clinics, immunisations and vaccinations.
Drug and alcohol community detox.
Trust paperwork and documentation

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Students are encouraged to develop skills in others areas or areas of interest. I.e. undertaking spoke placement at a sexual health clinic to develop skills in offering advice to clients regarding sexual health.

What resources are available to help students learning?

We have a collection of text books specialised in substance misuse, including guidelines, policies, and physical health guidance such as physical health matters.
Learning resource packs are also available which include; DVD’s, leaflets and booklets.
Drug box
Access to computers and Pennine Care intranet.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Information and placement audits
Journal articles available
Contribution and discussions
Team meetings / Team Development

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Additional Information

Updated March 2017