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CMHT Older People Merit - PCRP 4

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Placement Title CMHT Older People Merit - PCRP 4
Your Placement Contact Alison Hone - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Watergrove, Birch Hill Hospital, Birch Road, Rochdale, OL12 9QB
Placement City/Town: Rochdale
Placement Phone 01706 676400
Your University Contact: Caroline Morton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Orientation to the placement area and introduction to the multi professional team.
  • Introduction to mentor.
  • Completion of initial interview within first two days.
  • Provision of Student Information Booklet.
  • Completion of induction in student PAD.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

MERIT has five full time mentors two of whom are sign off mentors.

Students also work with registrants and the team Occupational therapist who also takes OT students.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

Students will work 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday.  They have 30 minutes for lunch.

NOTES:- Uniform is not worn.  Students are asked to comply with Pennine Care Dress Policy.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Visit service users in their homes, on in-patient wards and in full time care environments.

Involvement in assessment, care planning, risk assessment, relapse prevention and full interprofessional team working.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

A comprehensive mental health assessment incorporating a person-centred approach to care and utilising the recovery model.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Communication skills/Listening skills
  • Risk assessment formulation
  • Assessment skills and care planning
  • Administration of depot preparations
  • Monitoring of therapeutic effects of medication prescribed for a variety of mental health conditions
  • Person centred approaches in dementia
  • Use of life story work
  • Establishing therapeutic relationships including disengagement
  • Record keeping and governance
  • Safegurading awareness
  • Interprofessional working and liaison
  • Carer support
  • Mental Health Law Framework application
  • Lone working protocols

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Anxiety management
  • Supporting older people with substance misuse

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Student room
  • Access to internet including Athens and NICE clinical evidence updates
  • Current books which students can borrow
  • Resource pack which is given at start of placement
  • Close working with mentor and other members of the team
  • Developing portfolio of teaching packages
  • Opportunity to use role play in developing assessment and communication skills

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

    Spoke Placements

    • Older peoples inpatient wards at Birch Hill Hospital
    • Memory clinic
    • Intermediate Care Team
    • Carers resource
    • Consultant Out-Patients Clinic
    • Community Matrons
    • Treatment Support (depot clinic)
    • Older Peoples Day Centres

    This is not an exhaustive list and mentors are happy to support spoke placements which directly relate to a students specific learning objectives for that placement

    Additional Information

    Dear Student,

    We look forward to your placement with MERIT and hope thatthe experience is one of learning and enjoyment.

    We are a Community Mental Health Team for Older Peoplecovering Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton. We work Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00with half an hour for lunch (excluding bank holidays). We have a kitchen andfridge and you are welcome to bring your lunch which can be stored in thefridge. Staff bring their own tea and coffee. Milk is provided for a smallmonthly charge.

    We consider ourselves to be approachable and flexible and youare encouraged to think about what you want to achieve from the placementbefore you arrive so that your mentor can then flexibly tailor the learningexperience to your specific learning objectives.

    During your placement you will work with different members ofthe MERIT team and also have the opportunity to work with others members of thewider MDT. You can also arrange various spoke placements. As we are based atthe hospital we have close links with the medical staff, in-patient areas,memory clinic and Home Intervention Treatment Support (HITS). Students areencouraged to make the most of these links as it not only provides additionallearning opportunities but it gives an insight into how each team inter relatesand how they impact upon the service users experience.

    You are encouraged to contact the PEL prior to placement sothat you can ask any questions and be given clear instructions for attending onyour first day. You will be informed of the name of your mentor at this point.Students are asked to adhere to Pennine Care’s dress code which stipulates notrainers, short skirts jeans or unsuitable tops.

    Please contact the PEL with any queries ahead of yourplacement.