ICU (Critical Care) - SRFTP 13

Placement Overview

Placement Title ICU (Critical Care) - SRFTP 13
Your Placement Contact Emily Hargest, Dena Hickson, Rebecca Edmeades - 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 5045
Your University Contact: Melanie Stephens or Sue Walker - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • ICU is a large busy unit it is important that when students ring for off duty/placement/induction queries that they contact either Alex Lewin, Dena Hickson or Gail Messenger or the Shift Leader so that they receive the correct information.
  • Students are given a handbook on Day 1 and introduced to the Unit and staff and 1/2 day induction.
  • Learning opportunities are discussed and learning contracts agreed.
  • Orientation to learning in ICU, Essence of Care is incorporated into learning on the ICU.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

  • All students must complete an induction before they can commence placement at ICU.
  • The inductions are always held on Tuesdays at 08:00 and you will be able to confirm the date when you ring for your off duty.
  • Any students who do not complete the induction will not be able to start placement.
  • Students are allocated a team of mentor/assessor prior to arrival in the Unit.
  • Team Mentoring is used, other mentors will act as associates and liaise with others in the team.
  • Lockers are available at a returnable deposit of £10.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

07.00 - 19.30

19.00 - 07.30

Extra half day required each month to make up the hours

Students need to inform the 'shift leader' if they are going to be late or unable to work a shift. Any problems with the shift patterns should be discussed with the Practice Placement Manager or another member of the Unit team.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Caring for patients with single or multi-organ failure, including trauma/post-operative care/respiratory failure/neurological surgery.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Modified Roper Logan and Tierney model of nursing.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • The main aim of the ICU experience is exposure to the area and transferable skills of the care of the unconscious patient.
  • These skills can be utilised in other clinical areas and departments for example mouth care, eye care, personal hygiene, pressure area care.
  • A range of clinical skills; oxygenation/respiration systems, cardiovascular monitoring/support. Over view of multi-organ failure.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Students may also participate in caring for patients requiring: 12 lead ECG recording, haemodynamic monitoring, care of unconscious patients
  • Inter professional working

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Clinical based learning
  • MDT Working
  • Critical Care Workbooks
  • Continuing Education Programme
  • Nursing sedated and paralysed patients and nursing patients in the prone position.
  • Theatres/Angiography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Organ donation specialist nurses

Able to work 1 to 1 with trained staff and with physio at bedside/Drs etc (MDT) Access to Trust Academic Library/Journals/Books, they can attend Critical Incident Meetings/Audits

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

The unit has a practitioner - Sister Tracey Evans - responsible for research and development.

Current research is ongoing multi professional research.

Spoke Placements

Students are encourage to organise own incoming and outgoing spokes in liaison with the Practice Placement Manager and Mentors on the unit and include opportunities for learning such as physio, OT, radiography and theatres/angiography

Prior to organising a spoke placement students are required to formulate an action plan with appropriate learning outcomes and agreeing these with their mentor (outgoing) or ICU practice placement manager (incoming).

Additional Information

A swipe card to get access to ICU will be issued to students on their first day. This does incur a returnable £5 deposit once the card is safely returned.

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

t: 0161 206 5218