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Placement Title PANDA Unit - SRFTP 56
Your Placement Contact Helen Mourali - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161-206-0600
Placement Web Site
Your University Contact: Julia Cappleman - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Students are welcomed to the department, orientated and introduced to staff.
  • PANDA stands for paediatric assessment and decision area.
  • Students will receive an orientation booklet.
  • Students individual learning needs will be identified and learning opportunities planned.
  • The department consists of a 4 bedded assessment area and an 8 bedded observation area. Children can be cared for on the unit for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes before discharge or transfer to another hospital.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students are allocated a mentor and an associate mentor, prior to commencement of the placement.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?







Shift Notes:

Ideally students will work the same shifts as their mentor/associate mentor. Night shifts may be undertaken if desired to broaden the students experience of PANDA.

There is always a community nurse working on the late shift.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • The PANDA unit cares for children from birth to fifteen years with a range of minor to life threatening illnesses and injuries.
  • The aim of the unit is to care for children close to home and prevent transfers and admissions to other hospitals.
  • The unit works closely with the Childrens Community Nursing team, many of the children seen in the department are discharged home and their care continued in the community.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Assess, plan and implement and evaluate cares for children with a variety of conditions.
  • Baseline observations
  • Wound care
  • IV Therapy
  • Pain management
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Play therapy

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • The observation of wound suturing, venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Students are also able to observe and under supervision assist in basic life support and performing ECGs and cardiac monitoring.
  • Care of patients including acute onset of illness.
  • Injury including head injuries, allergic reactions and respiratory problems.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Staff knowledge and link nurses
  • Intranet Access to a range of books and journals

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

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Additional Information

Students should wear their regular uniform on placement, the majority of staff wears scrubs.

As a student you will remain supernumerary.

We are a friendly team and are here to support your development. Please let us know your needs - we do not know what you don't tell us!

Practice Eduction Facilitator - Elaine Carter - Pre-reg Practice Education Facilitator, Learning and Development, Mayo Building, SRFT

t: 0161 206 8223