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Radiology Department - SRFTP 50

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Placement Title Radiology Department - SRFTP 50
Your Placement Contact Elaine McKnight - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Practice Trainer and Senior Sister

Placement Address Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 2206 and 0161 206 0077
Your University Contact: Mike Lappin - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Orientation & Induction

Each student will be provided with:

  1. An induction booklet via email + evaluation of student placement
  2. An orientation tour of all the X-ray departments, departmental staff including Mentor and other members of the Multidisciplinary Team
  3. Work booklets to various radiology departments via email
  4. Learning resources available- on the internet and within the department

Before a student starts placement within Radiology we expect the following to be completed:

  1. Self Assessment
  2. Ring a week in advance for telephone induction

Download Student Welcome Pack

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

A system of Team Mentorship operates, in which each student will have a named Mentor, but also be supported by the other qualified mentors within the radiology department.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

Students work a variety of shift patterns between 08.00 - 18.00

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Each student can become involved in the following patient care situations commensurate with their stage of training:

  • Assessment of patients prior to radiological interventional procedures. The Pre-assessment on the ward includes accessing ISOFT and patients medical notes, physical and psychological health, drug interaction and requesting bloods.
  • This is where a detailed explanation of the various procedures to the patient and/or their relatives can be delivered.
  • Further assessment will also be carried out on arrival in the department, with particular attention, to patients general condition and informed consent and also their blood results.
  • Planning of individual care taking into consideration each patients physical condition, co morbidities, infection status etc and their affect on placement on the interventional list and the running of the interventional lists.
  • Provision of Care within legal and ethical boundaries which promotes client interest and confidentiality. In addition assessing with positioning and monitoring of patients and preparation of sterile trolleys.
  • Participation in the evaluation and summarisation of care.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Nursing model of care is based on Roper, Logan & Tierney framework.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • IMER- Radiation Protection
  • Hand washing- 8 steps of ANTT
  • Moving and Handling
  • Prevention of infection/cross infection
  • Systemic observation, including blood pressure, pulse oxymetry, respiration rate, ECG monitoring
  • Blood glucose testing
  • Record keeping including Radiology Patient Pathway, clinical notes and electronic clinical notes.
  • Participation in patient handover to ward nurses and carers
  • Risk assessment both risk to patient and the risk the patient poses to others e.g. infection status, aggressive etc. Environmental risk slips, trips, falls.
  • Pain management
  • Medicines- Knowledge of drugs commonly used in radiology and their interaction with other drugs the patient may be prescribed, their contraindication and half-life e.g. anticoagulation, Tinzaparin half-life of 12 hours. Administration of IV drugs. Common drugs used include iodine-based contrast, midazolam, opiates and antibiotics
  • Allergies and their implications e.g. Latex, iodine etc. Prioritising and planning care, time management skills.
  • Case management skills
  • Negotiating care with patients and carers
  • Managing diversity, religious, spiritual and linguistic
  • Quality assurance-complying with process, policies and procedures

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Initiating, maintaining and terminating therapeutic conversations
  • Assessment of patients prior to interventional procedures, anxiety management techniques
  • Managing patients refusal of treatment
  • Problem solving and decision making e.g. patients fitness for interventions, patient consent, patients advocacy
  • Searching, analysing and implementing evidence based practice
  • Working as a team member alongside, medical staff, radiologists, radiographers, ward staff and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Ensuring personal safety with regard to radiation safety
  • Aseptic technique including sterile trolleys, central lines etc
  • Scrub skills using specialist angiographic catheter and guide wire equipment. Opportunity to handle a variety of specialist equipment such as wires and catheters Nurse Led Consent Gamma Camera Assessment Nursing assessment skills in anon nursing/technical environment Promoting health and well being of clients e.g. advising on dietary preparation prior to the intervention and post care management of radiologically inserted gastrostomy Opportunity to participate in the running of interventional lists and supervising and teaching of carers Handling emergency procedures and events Observation and participation of care of patients undergoing nephrostomy, fistula-angioplasty, radiological insertion of gastrostomy, arthrography and neuro-vascular treatment of aneurysm and arteriolovenous malformation

What resources are available to help students learning?

Hospital and department library Resources area for radiology nurses Work booklets for specialist areas Various members of multi-disciplinary team Web-based virtual notice board

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Opportunities for personal and professional development include participation in various audits, CPD sessions and working with link nurses within the department.

Spoke Placements

  • Within Radiology- CT, MR, Gamma Camera, Breast imaging, Ultrasound, Rooms 7 + 8
  • External to Radiology- Dietician, Endoscopy, Speech therapy, various specialist nurses- Upper GI specialist Nurse, Colorectal Specialist Nurse, Renal Dialysis Unit, C1, B1, B2, Urology-H4, Renal ward- H3, Neuro HDU, Neuro Theatre.

Additional Information

  • Royal College of Radiologists publications
  • Safe sedation, analgesia and anaesthesia within radiology ISBN 1872599 91 5
  • Guidelines for Nursing Care in Interventional Radiology
  • Anatomy and physiology book of your choice particular attention should be paid to gastrointestinal tract, skeletal system.

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

t: 0161 206 3201