West Team (HV & SN) - HMRCP 14

Placement Overview

Placement Title West Team (HV & SN) - HMRCP 14
Your Placement Contact Caroline Ridley, Justine Kershaw - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

The best method of contacting this placement is via email because the phone system does not have an answer machine and rings engaged when the member of staff is out of the office.

Placement Address Ings Lane, Pheonix Street, Rochdale, OL12 7DW
Placement City/Town: Rochdale
Placement Phone 001706 764256
Your University Contact: Michelle Howarth - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

This is negotiated with the students level of learning needs.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Each member of the West Health Visiting Team rotate mentorship of students on allocation.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


9am - 5pm



Shift Notes:

Hours negotiated with individual mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Clinics Home Visits Group attendances

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Rochdale Health Visiting Service Model.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • care of the child/families at home or in clinic
  • primary visits - follow up visits and support
  • baby clinics / weight & growth and the relevance to health
  • breast feeding advice and support
  • child health surveillance
  • immunisation advice
  • developmental reviews (SOGs)
  • weaning advice
  • parenting advice and support
  • sleep and behaviour management
  • care of children with special needs
  • support for teenage mothers
  • support for women with post natal depression
  • insight into nurse prescribing
  • baby massage
  • dental health promotion
  • care of the next infant
  • insight into domestic violence within families and its impact on the child
  • mother and toddler groups
  • support for fathers
  • family planning advice
  • smoking cessation
  • support to help cope with language and cultural changes
  • multi - agency working
  • advice in maintenance of healthy family dynamics

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • growth measurement
  • centile recording
  • injection techniques
  • handwashing
  • communication
  • record keeping
  • liaison

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • student learning file
  • internet
  • professional journals
  • books
  • access to library
  • attendance to relevant study day/sessions
  • mentors/staff

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • benchmarking
  • developing breastfeeding support
  • baby friendly initiative

Spoke Placements

  • school health service
  • midwifery
  • district nursing
  • childrens and families centres
  • speech therapy
  • paediatric outreach team
  • paediatric physiotherapy
  • orthoptist
  • audiology
  • asylum team
  • homelessness
  • practice nurses
  • drug and alcohol team
  • child health department
  • nurseries

Additional Information

Please note:-  if you have a child in the catchment area of this Health Visiting or School Nursing team you may not be able to attend due to a conflict of interests, please email Angela Mehr in the Clinical Placements Unit asap to clarify.We are also a teaching practice for medical students.