HITS/Care Home Liaison Service (Outreach) - PCRP 21

Placement Overview

Placement Title HITS/Care Home Liaison Service (Outreach)
Your Placement Contact Christine Counsell - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role


Placement Address Watergrove, Birch Hill Hospital, Union Road, Rochdale OL12 9QB
Placement City/Town: Rochdale
Placement Phone 01706 676282
Your University Contact: Caroline Morton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

· Allocated Named Mentor and Associate Mentor

· Initial. Mid-Point , Final Point meetings  booked on first mentor / student induction

· Orientation pack

· Allocated student room with intranet access available

· Induction to environment, health and safety induction completed on first day .

· Students will be supernumerary and will based between HITS and CHLS .

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Student/ Mentor Rotas in place.

All Mentors / Assessors have completed the relevant training

HITS / CHLS have access to a sign off mentor for 3rd year final semester students.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?

Shift Notes:

HITS/CHLS covers a 7 day week

09.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday

09.00 - 15.00 Weekends

Students will be expected to work 1 weekend in 4

Shift patterns can be discussed with the allocated mentor where flexibility is required

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

HITS support patients suffering from a mental health crisis in their own home to avoid an hospital admission.

HITS facilitate early discharge/ leave from the inpatient ward and support patients at home for up to 6 weeks following discharge

CHLS (Outreach) Support patients in 24 hour care in care homes where the staff need support to manage behaviours which they find challenging

CHLS (Outreach) Facilitate leave and support patients for up to 6 weeks following discharge from the inpatient ward to ensure a continuity of care once in 24 hour placement

Both HITS & CHLS complete gatekeeping to reduce inappropriate admissions to the ward and support patients in the community as alternative to an inpatient admission.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper-Logan - Tierney Model of Nursing (ADLS)

Person Centred approach

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Risk Assessment.

Medication Management/ Monitoring

Mental State assessments

Storm Assessments / Suicide prevention

Social inclusion


Blood pressure monitoring

Comprehensive handover of patient need / presentation to other professional agencies and the MDT

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

End of life advice (CHLS)

Staff Education  (CHLS)

Life Story Work

Dementia Care Mapping ( CHLS)

What resources are available to help students learning?

PCFT Intranet

Up-to-date Mental Health Journals

In House Training

Spoke Placements

 Beech Ward – Inpatient ward (nights can be discussed for 2nd 3rd year students only )

 Memory clinic

 Occupational Therapist based on Beech Ward ( 1 Day Only )


NOTE: Students are encouraged to source appropriate relevant spoke placements in agreement with their mentor

Additional Information

Please note this is a non-uniform placement

Students must wear smart casual clothing and appropriate footwear