PICU - Ward 80 - CMMCP 22

Placement Overview

Placement Title PICU - Ward 80 - CMMCP 22
Your Placement Contact Katie Higgins, Rachael Roberts, Claire Hughes, Vicki Simmonds - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9WL
Placement City/Town: Manchester
Placement Phone 0161 901 8000
Your University Contact: Denise Owens 0161 295 2749 - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Formal orientation day (usually on first day), includes practical issues i.e off duty, sickness, roles within unit, professional responsibilities.

Assessment of the sick child, examples of conditions they will experience, familiarise them with equipment, question and answer session to allay any anxieties.

We provide students with an orientation pack, student development pack (related to placement within PICU) and drug calculation pack.

Their off duty is done in advance to ensure they work with mentors. Opportunities to identify learning needs and objectives.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

We operate team mentoring to ensure students have access to staff with a wide range of experiences, each student will have 2-3 mentors and work with one of them 90% of the time.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07:30am - 15:30pm


12noon - 20:00pm


19:30pm - 08:00am

Shift Notes:

Long days: 07:30am - 20:00pm 

Students are expected to follow the shift pattern of their mentors which included the 24 hour cycle of care

If you have any off duty requests, please email Katie.higgins@cmft.nhs.uk morven.peel@cmft.nhs.uk and Claire.hughes@cmft.nhs.uk at least 4 weeks prior to your placement

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Nursing 1:1 at the bedside caring for level 1-3 patients with their mentor allows total patient care to planned implemented and evaluated for a critically ill child.
  • Following a child through from referral to admission then discharge.
  • Nursing children with both chronic and acute conditions.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The unit has extensive pre-printed care plans that are chosen and personalised depending on the individual needs of the child and family throughout their admission.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Top to toe assessment of the sick child
  • Neurological observations
  • Vital signs and the response to any changes in condition.
  • Fluid and drug calculations
  • Log rolling
  • ANTT
  • Parenteral feeding
  • Basic cares
  • Suctioning
  • Infection control issues
  • Blood values
  • Interpreting blood gases.
  • Communication (i.e performing handover, communicating with the multidisciplinary team and childs family).
  • Professional responsibilities and knowing ones own limitations

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

End of life care (with support from mentors if the student has been involved with a child and family and wishes to continue).

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Internet and intranet access
  • Journals and books
  • Teaching sessions from mentors and multidisciplinary team
  • Monthly formal teaching for students in the seminar room
  • Teaching packs and work books
  • Education team
  • Large Multi-disciplinary team
  • 2 x Nurse Specialists
  • 6 x Advanced Nurse Practitioners

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Numerous research and audit projects currently being undertaken

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  • A&E
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Additional Information

Practice Educational Facilitator - Kirsty.Walsh@cmft.nhs.uk 0161 901 1854