Ward 78 - CMMCP 3

Placement Overview

Placement Title Ward 78 - CMMCP 3
Your Placement Contact Matthew Parker, Lydia Harrison, Ashley Stones - 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 701 7800/7802
Your University Contact: Debbie Fallon - 307 7774 - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Orientation to ward
  • Introduced to Mentor or Associate Mentor in 1st week
  • Student Orientation Pack

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Each student is allocated a mentor and associate mentor.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07.30 - 13.30 - No break

Traditional early:- 07.30 - 15.30 (30 min break)


14.00 - 20.00

Traditional late:- 12.00 - 20.00 (30 min break)


19.30 - 08.00 (60 min break)

Shift Notes:

Long Day:- 07.30 - 20.00 (60 min break)

We operate a two shift system and most nurses work this pattern, students can undertake this as it is the normal shift pattern, however, if they do not wish to follow this pattern traditional shifts can be followed.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Examples include:

Repair of defects for spina bifida, insertion/revision of shunts, tumour debulk, craniofacial surgery, care of head injuries, medicine management for neurological conditions, epilepsy treatment, acute care of children following acquired brain injury prior to transfer for rehabilitation, application of external fixator for correction of congenital and trauma deformities, corrective hip surgery, orthopaedic traction, treatment of trauma injuries, spinal surgery for correction of congenital and degenerative deformities, ear, nose and throat care of a patient with a tracheostomy.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Casey, Roper Logan & Tierney

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Fluid Balance
  • TPR
  • Neuro Obs
  • Pre and Post operative cares
  • Care Planning
  • Admission & Discharge
  • Contemporaneous documentation
  • NG feeding
  • Drug Administration
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Time management and prioritisation of workload

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • ANTT
  • Wound Care
  • Handover
  • Bed Management
  • Care of EVD
  • Pin Site Care
  • Care of Plaster Cast
  • Traction Care
  • Catheter Care
  • Tracheostomy Care

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Orientation Pack
  • Ward Teaching Packs
  • Multi Disciplinary Team
  • Nurse specialists
  • Teaching Sessions
  • Access to IT to obtain up to date resources

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Quality improvement work and the use of evidence based practice.

Spoke Placements

  • IV Team
  • Nurse Specialists (Neurology, Neuro rehab, Neuro Surgery, Orthopaedic & Spinal and Tracheostomies)
  • Dietician
  • SALT
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinics

Additional Information

Ward 78 is a 32 bed unit covering neurosurgery, orthopaedic trauma/surgery, neurology, spinal surgery and ENT. We are situated on 1st floor in RMCH above the main reception.

Please feel free to familiarise yourself with the ward prior to placement by contacting the ward to arrange a visit.

Ward Manager - Kathryn Stanton

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