Beech Ward - GMWP 48

Placement Overview

Placement Title Beech Ward - GMWP 48
Your Placement Contact Kim Price - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Ward Sister

Placement Address Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Rd, Farnwoth, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 390750/1 -
Your University Contact: Emma Walker - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Wherever possible the named mentor will be there on commencement of placement. The named mentor or another appropriately qualified member of staff will carry out induction activities.

These include:

  1. Introduction to the geography of the ward and unit
  2. Introduction to the ward routine
  3. Introduction to the ward philosophy
  4. Introduction to policies and procedures.

A hand held induction package is available on the ward.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All mentors/assessors hold the ENB 998 or Preparation for Mentorship Module and receive annual updates.

Students where possible will meet their mentor at the commencement of placement.

The mentor will take on the role of assessor. Students will be encouraged to work shifts alongside mentor enabling frequent interview times/meetings to be arranged.

Mentors will help the student consolidate new knowledge through discussions, explanations and practical experiences.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.30am - 3.00pm


1.30pm - 9.00pm


8.45pm - 7.45am

Shift Notes:

Students can gain experience working through all shifts within the 24 hour cycle of care, usually working alongside mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

We are for a variety of patients from the age of 16 upwards, both male and female experiencing a full range of mental health problems.

24 bedded acute psychiatric ward.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The process of assessing needs, planning, implementing and evaluating care is carried out using a model of care based on the Health Career Model.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Process of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care for patients with acute mental health problems
  • Role of nurse within MDT setting
  • Pharmacology and other treatment options
  • Developing working relationships with patients and carers
  • Role of named nurse

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Assessment of self-harm.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • A large number of teaching packages are available on the ward covering a range of different illnesses and treatments
  • Up to date ward based staff providing formal and informal teaching
  • MDT members
  • Facility whilst on placement to spend time in the depot clinic.
  • Spend a day in the ECT Suite, spend time in A&E, participate in therapy groups on the ward.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Recent research into the uses of PRN medication utilised within the night shift
  • Refocusing acute in-patient care initiative
  • Developing in depth activity programmes on the ward
  • Care planning audits.

Spoke Placements

Depot Clinic, A&E liaison, ECT Clinic.

Additional Information

Philosophy of Care

We believe each patient is an individual with the right to skilled nursing care appropriate to meet his/her needs to freedom of choice in relation to accepting care offered, to independence, to personal dignity and to maintaining their sense of identity and individuality.

We aim to provide a high quality service to adults with mental health problems of a severity that requires in patient care.

We will assist the individual to achieve and maintain mental health enabling him/her to resume their normal lifestyle.