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Acute Stroke Unit - SRFTP 4

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Placement Title Acute Stroke Unit - SRFTP 4
Your Placement Contact Ann Ferguson, Rebecca Hayward - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 4788 and 206 7224
Your University Contact: Gillian Crossthwaite - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

On commencement of placement on the Acute Stroke Unit, students are orientated to the ward by the staff on duty.

A student pack is given to the student which will give them an induction to the ward.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

A mentor and Associate Mentor will be allocated to the student in advance of them commencing placement.

Team mentorship approach. Group work with all levels of MDT supported by mentor.

Arrangements will be made for the student to work the majority of their shifts with either their mentor or associate mentor.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

SSD - 07.00 - 19.30

SSN - 19.00 - 07.30

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Basic nursing care is routine for the ward i.e. washing and dressing and continence care, nutrition and hydration.

There are also opportunities for students to observe and practice enteral feeding, catheterisation and catheter care and pressure area care.

Acute illness management.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Roper, Logan and Tierney Activities of Daily Living Model is used on The Acute Stroke Unit.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

The core clinical skills that can be learnt on the Acute Stroke Unit are:

  • The taking and interpretation of clinical observations.
  • Carrying out neurological observations, including Glasgow Coma Scale.
  • Giving Patient medications
  • Care planning.
  • Documentation.
  • Risk assessing.
  • Admitting and Discharging patients.
  • Basic nursing care
  • Multi disciplinary team working
  • Consultant led ward rounds

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Additional clinical skills that can be learnt on the Acute Stroke Unit are:

  • Passing nasogastric tubes and managing enteral feeds.
  • Catheterisation.
  • Carrying out ROSIER assessments.
  • Observing ward swallow screen assessments.
  • Carrying out NIH assessments.
  • Caring for the post thrombosis patient.

What resources are available to help students learning?

The Multi-disciplinary team are a valuable learning resource on the ward. The hospital intranet is a useful source of information and there are many books and research files on the ward which will assist the student.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

There is a great deal of stroke research taking place at Hope Hospital.

There are specialist Stroke Research Nurses who advise on the latest projects taking place, and can be accessed via the Acute Stroke Unit.

Spoke Placements

  • Stroke Rehabilitation Ward.
  • Working with Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Working with physiotherapists and Occupational Therapy.
  • Assisting with TIA clinic
  • Assisting with the Stroke Specialist Nurse's clinic
  • Attending the weekly CT meeting.
  • Observing patients having CT and MR scans
  • Observing insertion of PEG

Additional Information

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