Skip to main content
Clinical Placements Database

OPD Dermatology - SRFTP 59

Placement Overview

Placement Title OPD Dermatology - SRFTP 59
Your Placement Contact Jane Pullen - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role


Placement Address Salford Royal Hospitals, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 1039
Your University Contact: Mike Lappin - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

When the student rings for their off duty they are invited to visit the department prior to their placement.

They will be informed who their mentor is and their mentor will introduce themselves if they are on duty.

On the first day we will try to make sure that the mentor is on duty and will spend t he day with their student.

We will also orientate the student to the department by showing them around, providing them with a locker, lunchtime arrangements and introducing them to the staff in the department.The student will have their name on the off duty and will be placed on the rota so they know which clinic they will attending in advance and with which member of staff.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

A team mentor is always allocated in advance who prepares for the students arrival. Sometimes shared mentorship is organised to cover for annual leave and study leave.

The students mentor is preferably on duty the first day the student starts their placement and continuity is enforced with the mentor working alongside the student for at least 2-3 shifts per week.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

9am-5pm - Monday - Friday

Most clinics run from 9-5 but some speciality clinics start at 08.30am so these times are sometimes under negotiation to fit in with the learning schedule.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Diagnosing and caring for patients with skin disorders.
  • Our dermatology department is an out-patient service which has a very high turnover of patients. As well as general clinics we run specialised clinics.
  • Patch Testing in our Contact Dermatitis Investigation Unit
  • Mohs Microsurgery for facial Basal Cell Carcinomas
  • Paediatric Clinics
  • Psoriasis Clinic Day Case Surgery, we have 2 theatres in the Dermatology Unit.
  • Drug Monitoring Clinics for patients on systemic medications
  • Laser Clinics Specialist Nurse Clinics

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Tierney is the nursing model that we use.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Our dermatology department is an out patient service which has a very high turnover of patients.
  • As well as general clinics we run various specialised clinics eg Patch Testing, Paediatric clinics, Mohs Micosurgery, for facial basal cell carcinomas, the Psoriasis clinic, which is a drug monitoring clinic, laser clinics and theatres, amongst others.
  • Patients are seen in a professional and confidential manner and the nurse will chaperone the doctor during consultations and examinations.
  • Investigations such as swab taking, skin scrapes, and blood pressures are also carried out in the clinics by the nurse with the relevant documentation.
  • Being able to coordinate a clinic by the end of placement so that it runs smoothly with efficient timing and communication.
  • The importance of communication to gain incite into the physical and psychological effects of certain skin conditions and being able to perform a PASI score and DLQI.
  • Learn about various medications available for different skin conditions, both topical and systemic.
  • The relevance of these and the implications of taking such medication eg drug monitoring and their side effects, frequent visits to the department.
  • We sometimes give intramuscular injections and some of these can be cytotoxic drugs such as Methotrexate.
  • ANTT is required in a lot of fields which include the dressings of wounds and the administration of injections and venepuncture.
  • Several of our nursing staff can assess students for their ANTT if they require updating.
  • To be able to understand the role that surgery plays in the treatment and diagnosis of skin conditions. To learn the correct procedure for labelling specimens etc.
  • The importance of ANTT to prevent wound infection and promote healing. Be able to understand the importance of consent.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Health education is extremely important eg skin cancer awareness to which we have appointed a Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse.
  • Importance of Communication and Organisation in the smooth running of clinics, theatres and other specialities in the department.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • We have a library in the dermatology department containing books, medical and nursing journals and with access to on line learning within the trust and a link to the Manchester University website.
  • Student competency workbooks Medical and nursing staff themselves British Association of Dermatology leaflets

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • In Photobiology research into Vitamin D levels due to increased factors in sun creams In laser research into various types of analgaesia The British Association of Dermatological Interventions Register which seeks to assess the long term safety of Biological treatments for psoriasis.
  • Research into the Patient Experience in the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit.

Spoke Placements

  • Dermatology Ward-M3
  • Pharmacy-Ex-temp
  • Phototherapy
  • Photobiology
  • Daily Dressings on M3 Skin Camouflage Clinic run by Changing Faces
  • Rheumatology Clinic-linked with psoriasis.

Additional Information

Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin which will help to understand the disease process within dermatology and the choice of treatment management plans.

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