South Chadderton Health Visitors/School Nurses - BCHNHS 19

Placement Overview

Placement Title South Chadderton Health Visitors/School Nurses - BCHNHS 19
Your Placement Contact Vanessa Higginson and Laura Woodhams - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Eaves Lane, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 8RT
Placement City/Town: Oldham
Placement Phone 0161 909 8151/0161 909 8104 SN / 0161 909 8110 HV
Your University Contact: Kirsty Marshall - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will arrive about 9am on their first morning and will be provided with an induction and be shown round the centre by a member of the Team.  They will be provided with a student information pack and shown the student resources available.  They will be informed of essential information such as sickness reporting, health and safety information files, location of policy files, etc. They will be shown modes of communication and mail points, location of message books, fax machine, email access, any teaching and learning resources, and a brief overview of the management structure of the Trust. Hours of duty and uniform policy will be discussed. They will meet their mentor at the earliest opportunity but will have a named person to relate to until their mentor is available. The student's initial interview will take place at the earliest opportunity but certainly within the first week.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students are allocated a mentor within the Team prior to arrival at their placement and will have the name of their mentor given in the welcome letter sent out by the Clinical Placement Co-ordinator. Students are asked to contact the placement one week before their starting date to confirm their arrival. All mentors have a mentorship qualification. All Specialist Practitioners are nurse prescribers.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:


What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Care of clients takes place in their own home, clinic and community settings. This often includes working as part of the wider multidisciplinary team.
Each child under the age of 18 within the area is allocated a named health visitor or school nurse (age dependent). Each child is offered the healthy child programme and Greater Manchester 8 stage assessment in infancy.
The service offers every family a programme of screening tests, immunisations, developmental reviews, and information and guidance to support parenting and healthy choices – all services that children and families need to receive if they are to achieve their optimum health and wellbeing. Effective implementation should lead to:-

  • Strong parent–child attachment and positive parenting, resulting in better social and emotional wellbeing among children; care that helps to keep children healthy and safe 
  • Healthy eating and increased activity, leading to a reduction in obesity
  • Prevention of some serious and communicable diseases
  • Increased rates of initiation and continuation of breastfeeding
  • Readiness for school and improved learning
  • Early recognition of growth disorders and risk factors for obesity
  • Early detection of – and action to address – developmental delay, abnormalities and ill health, and concerns about safety
  • Identification of factors that could influence health and wellbeing in families
  • Better short- and long-term outcomes for children who are at risk of social exclusion

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Orem's model of self-care along with Roper, Logan and Tierney's model based on the activities of daily living. Other models may be used in individual situations appropriate to the needs of the patient.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Immunisation delivery

Development Behavioural Assessment tool

Neonatal Behavioural Assessment tool

Independent Nurse Prescribing

Assessment of mental health using tools such as PHQ's

National Child Measurement Programme

Infant Health Assessments

Sexual Health

Eczema Clinics

Asthma Clinics

Enuresis Clinics


What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Motivational Interviewing

Listening/mental health support

Breastfeeding support

Solihull parenting support

What resources are available to help students learning?

All areas have resource information available for students and full internet access.

A specific induction pack for students with information pertaining to the individual placement will be provided.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

There are opportunities for students to undertake research opportunities within the related fields and this will be supported by individual mentors as part of the students learning needs.

Spoke Placements

There are many opportunities for students to arrange spoke placements and these usually relate to other community based services.

*    Children Centres
*    Speech and Language Therapy
*    Audiology
*    Orthoptist
*    Social care / safeguarding teams
*    Mental health teams
*    Physiotherapy
*    Child Development service
*    Children with Additional Needs Service
*    Breastfeeding Support Advisor
*    Parenting Support Advisor
*    Sexual Health

Additional Information

Students who will require a placement Risk Assessment for any reason, including pregnancy or a support need, should contact the PEF team on at least two weeks before their placement commences.