Birch Ward - Acute Ward - GMWP 50

Placement Overview

Placement Title Birch Ward - Acute Ward - GMWP 50
Your Placement Contact Kelly Urion, Fiona Melding, Jill Buck - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Rd, Farnwoth, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 390803
Your University Contact: Emma Walker - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Induction via 'Ward Profile Induction Pack'
  • Physical orientation to the ward environment
  • Health & Safety to ensure safe working practices
  • Information re working practice
  • MDT etc
  • Key nurse system
  • Orientation to documentation allocation board etc.
  • Their responsibilities and expectations discussed

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

  • Mentors/assessors identified prior to first shift
  • Allocated on duty roster
  • Negotiation between mentor and student re off duty arrangements and interviews

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




1.15pm - 9.15pm


8.45pm- 7.30am

Shift Notes:

Shifts include:

7.30am - 3.00pm

1.30pm - 9.00pm

Night duty and weekends

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Assistance with hygiene
  • Activities of living
  • Risk management
  • Therapeutic activities - individual group
  • OT assessments
  • Physio assessments

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Health Career Model

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Mental Health diagnosis
  • 1:1 interview techniques
  • Mental Health assessment
  • Therapeutic activities incorporated into mental health assessment
  • Admission/discharge procedures - incorporating care programme approach
  • Mental Health Act
  • Risk assessment management
  • Violence and aggression management
  • Hygiene issues - handwashing, infection control etc.
  • Physical observations
  • Admin of medication and injections

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Personality Disorder Therapy

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Intranet
  • Internet (via identified qualified staff with passwords for access)
  • Written information/documents

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Integrated Care Pathways
  • Refocusing

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