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Ward H8 Intestinal Failure Unit - SRFTP 29

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Placement Title Ward H8 Intestinal Failure Unit - SRFTP 29
Your Placement Contact Sarah Rigby, Jaclyn Salt - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Level 3, Hope Building, Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 - 206 4521/1453
Your University Contact: Mark Mitchell - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • 1st day: orientation to the Unit.
  • Meet assessors / co-assessors.
  • Plan timetable / learning needs for the first few weeks of placement.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Assessors and co-assessors are allocated prior to student arrival. Students can choose a mentor if they wish.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

07.00 - 19.30 19.00 - 07.30 An extra half day will be required each month to make the hours up.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for patients with Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Vascular problems (including mesenteric infarction)and difficult Intravenous Access, Malabsorption problems (eg. coeliac disease), Radiation enteritis. Post operative complications, Nutritional assessment.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan & Tierney Model of Nursing

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Students may be able to participate/observe a number of clinical skills, for example:

  • Admission / Discharge of patients
  • Aseptic technique
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Care of stoma
  • Care of wounds
  • Nutritional Assessment and Support
  • Care of Vascular Access devices
  • Wound Management including Stoma Sites and open abdominal wounds.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Parental nutrition
  • Enteral feeding
  • Pain management
  • Knowledge of bowel fistulas
  • Psychological aspects of care
  • Competency based training of volumetric pumps
  • Self administration of medicines.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Participating in patient care
  • Shadowing staff
  • Spoke placements with multidisciplinary team i.e Home care company liason nurse, dietician & pharmacist, TPN compounding unit, stoma nurses, psychologist.
  • Student placement information booklet;
  • Competency Framework can be utilised for certain aspects of care.
  • Books, journals, workbooks on A&P, inflammatory bowel disease and pharmacology.
  • Easy access to intranet and internet
  • Formal teaching sessions often available
  • Practice Education lead frequently provides informal teaching activities
  • Monthly Case Presentations represented by members of the Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Access to Trust Academic Library
  • Patient Care experience
  • Learning from Unit staff & MDT.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Unit database for all patients cared for in the Unit (including home patients)
  • Line infection/blockage
  • Databases
  • Quality of life survey (psychology)
  • Trials of new equipment/feeding regimes
  • Enhancement of training package for patients on TPN
  • Regular review of central line care using National Guidelines
  • Various Trust Quality Initiatives
  • Productive Ward Programme

Spoke Placements

  • Pain Team
  • Endoscopy Suite
  • Radiology
  • Theatres (Central line insertion)
  • Out Patient department
  • HPN clinic

Additional Information

The Intestinal Failure unit is 1 of only 2 units in the country treating intestinal failure patients with often complex physical & psychological needs.

Patients are treated from across the UK & abroad. We look after both inpatients and home patients. Part of the Ward Vision is:-

To have a relaxed, friendly & professional atmosphere, where the care provided will be patient focused & evidence based & we feel this also produces a quality learning environment.

The pink educational audit folder is located in the ward office (top shelf on the left) and students are invited to look at it.

Practice Education Facilitator - Andrea Surtees - Pre-Registration Practice Education Facilitator, Learning & Development Dept, 2nd Floor, Mayo Building, SRFT