Ward H6 Surgical HDU - SRFTP 12

Placement Overview

Placement Title Ward H6 Surgical HDU - SRFTP 12
Your Placement Contact Polly Hamilton - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Level 3, Hope Building, Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 2536, 0161 206 8754
Your University Contact: Sue Walker, Melanie Stephens - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Please download the Student Handbook prior to commencing placement.

  • Mentor identified - team mentorship
  • Orientation booklet provided
  • Orientation to unit & staff
  • Learning needs discussed in initial interview
  • Potential relevant visits planned
  • Assessment dates planned as far as practicable

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Established mentor teams Mentors/assessors to ensure off duty is completed for the student to enable continuity as much as possible Appraisal identifies mentors needs Mentors liaise with placement lead for advice if necessary.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

Day: 07.00 - 19.30

Night: 19.00 - 07.30

Early half: 07.00 - 13.30

Late half: 13.00 - 19.30

No more than 2 long days can be worked together. The deficit in full time hours is made up with a half day which will be planned in the off duty on discussion with the mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Post operative care of patients following upper & lower gastrointestinal surgery ICU step downs
  • Patients who need ICU care
  • Emergency admissions (ward or A&E)
  • Management of invasive lines (arterial lines, central lines)
  • Fluid balance; oxygen therapy; tracheotomy care; pain management
  • Acutely ill patient management & early warning scoring

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan & Tierney.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Basic nursing cares: hygiene, mouth care, pressure area care, risk assessment, communication
  • Team working within the Unit & multidisciplinary
  • Recognition of signs of illness e.g. hypotension, tachycardia, pyrexia and what interventions are needed and why
  • Documentation
  • Fluid balance & Nutrition
  • Communication with taking part on ward rounds

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Blood values
  • Management of arterial lines & Central lines under supervision
  • Aseptic Non Touch Technique
  • Acute pain management
  • Stoma care
  • Wound dressings (sometimes complex)
  • Tracheotomy suctioning

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Student/Mentor information file - in nurses office H6
  • Spoke placements
  • Induction Booklet
  • Patients
  • Staff: Mentors, associate mentors, all other staff
  • I.T - Hospital intranet; access to University web site
  • Pre-Reg web site
  • List of link nurses available

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • On going 'Saving Lives Audit' to monitor & improve practice. To decrease MRSA bacteraemia and CDT
  • ANTT review
  • Implementation of new I.V policy regarding peripheral & central line care

Spoke Placements

  • Stoma care
  • Colorectal Nurse
  • X-ray (colorectal or upper G.I investigations)
  • Pain Team (3rd year students)
  • Involvement on ward round
  • Follow a patient from Ward;
  • Theatre;
  • SHDU.

All are discussed with the student to ensure activity is relevant & appropriate.

Additional Information

The Surgical High Dependency Unit achieved SCAPE status in March 2012.

The Unit is 12 bedded set on two locations in Critical Care 1 - H6 (Pod E, 6 beds) & Pod C (6 HDU beds & 2 ICU beds) and from 25th June 2012 the Unit staff will be rostered specifically for Pod E or Pod C.

The student allocation will be done so that you will remain in one location for the duration of the placement unless the Mentor is required to move for a shift to cover absence etc.

Although the Unit is in two areas we are still one and the placement experiences will remain unchanged.

The qualified staff will be trialling new 12 hour shifts from 25th June, however Salford students will continue to work the conventional shifts as identified earlier in this information.

Swipe cards will be organised when you start with a returnable deposit of £5.

You are welcome to visit before the start of your placement, see contact details.

Practice Education Facilitator - Julianah Olubunmi Oluwasakin - Practice Education Facilitator, Learning & Development Dept, 2nd Floor, Mayo Building, SRFT

t: 0161 206 5218