Brierley Court - GMWP 78

Placement Overview

Placement Title Brierley Court - GMWP 78
Your Placement Contact Michael O'Shaughnessy - Send Email
Placement Address 145 Church Lane, Moston, Manchester, M9 4LA
Placement City/Town: Manchester
Placement Phone 0161 205 2959
Your University Contact: Cath McQuarrie - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

All students will be allocated a mentor/associate mentor prior to the commencement in practice. The student will receive a welcome pack and will receive a full orientation and induction during the first 48 hours.

Students are welcome to have a pre-visit to the service and partake in their induction prior to commencement in practice and time will be given in lieu (optional) First day induction including Health & Safety Induction and Negotiation of shifts.

Please contact the placement no sooner than two weeks prior to commencement to arrange your shift pattern. 

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All Mentors are updated on an annual basis as required by the NMC (2008)

In the event of your allocated mentor being unavailable for annual leave or sickness alternative arrangements will be made to support your practice.

We have qualified mentors and associate mentors to support students and the students will have an opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?

Shift Notes:

Day Shift 8 am -8-30pm

Night Shift 8pm – 8-30am

Students are encouraged to work a mixture of shifts which incorporate some weekend exposure to experience 24 hour care.

Students are expected to work at least 40% of their time with their mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Brierley Court has a welcoming and supportive environment where people develop day to day skills which will lead to a more fulfilling and independent life.

Our aim is to provide a service which helps people move away from secure or locked hospital services towards more independent living in the community. We believe the most effective way to achieve this is by involving service users in their treatment from the very first stages to develop a programme of care which is centred on their individual needs.

When someone first comes to us, we work closely with them to develop a personalised care plan which works around their needs and aspirations. By understanding where people are are and where they want to get to, we set realistic and achievable goals and decide

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Recovery Model (Geoff Shepard: Making Recovery a Reality)

Starr Recovery Model

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

All apsects of Mental Health Care including:-

Recovery Focused Work

Physical Care (limited)

Managing schizophrenia


Building up therapeutic relationships

Supporting clients in a  hospital environment

Developing communication skills

Risk Assessment

Interpersonal Relationships

Engagement and disengagement skills

Team working

Record keeping

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?


Team Meetings

Delegation skills

Management skillsWorking with outside agencies e.g. Police

Writing reports ie CPA's

Hospital Managers Hearings (all under supervision)

Writing Care Plans

Completing risk assessments

Learning how to complete a Recovery Star

What resources are available to help students learning?

Students will have access to experienced nurses including a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

They will also have access to an experienced Occupational Therapist/Consultant Psychiatrist who will provide guidance and learning.

The students have access to the internet and intranet
Learning packs
All members of the team are an excellent resource to support you in your learning
E-learning programmes
Study days/in-house training
Spoke opportunities

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Care UK is currently undertaking a number of initiatives involving Recover Focused work. They have recently introduced a new philosophy which will play a major role in all their Mental Health Services. This will be rolled out over the next few months.

Care UK are also involved in IMROC; Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change, Brierley Court is involved in this project

Spoke Placements

A variety of spoke placements are available and can be discussed once students start in placement.

Additional Information

Students are not required to wear their Uniform but expected to dress smart casual and wear their ID badges at all times. Students are expected to maintain a professional image at all times in and outside clinical areas.
Anybody in inappropriate dress will be sent home immediately on arrival to change.


You may be supported by practice staff studying for the preparation for mentorship course, this is overseen by a qualified mentor and your documents will be countersigned by the mentor.


If you are pregnant, please contact the University Placements Unit as soon as possible as you will not be accepted for a placement in this area.


Pre Visit

Students are welcome to arrange a visit prior to starting on placement to meet the staff and complete induction. Time will be given in lieu

Practice Education Facilitator

 Liz Tudor - 0161 772 4609