Neuro HDU - SRFTP 18

Placement Overview

Placement Title Neuro HDU - SRFTP 18
Your Placement Contact Emily Hargest, Maricel Figurasin - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Critical Care 1, Pod D, Level 3, The Hope Building, Salford Royal Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 5055/5056
Your University Contact: Mary Braine - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

We organise a local induction prior to commencing on the Unit.

The induction starts at 08.00, some students will go on the a late shift while others will start clinically later in the week.  This is to  ensure that we do not have too many students on shift at any one time as this limits the learning opportunities available.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

You will be allocated a mentor along with at least two other qualified nurses.  This is to enable some flexibility for shift working.  You are expected to mainly work with the staff allocated to you.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07:00 -13:30


13:30 - 19:30


19:00 - 07:30

Shift Notes:

Long Day:- 07.00 - 19.30

We work a 12 hour shift pattern.  This means every 4 weeks you will need to complete either an early or late shift to ensure your hours are correct.  We like our students to experience working night shifts with us, they are different to acute wards as our activity is very similar to day shifts.

Please be aware that the PEL works part time and a full range of shifts.

The off duty for students is normally available at least 1 week prior to the start date for the student.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Care of the neurologically compromised patient
  • Post operative care of neurosurgical patients
  • Oxygen therapy including humidified, high flow and CPAP
  • Care of a patient with a tracheostomy
  • Care of complex spinal patients
  • Care for patients with subarachnoid haemorrage, including pre and post treatment
  • Care of patients with chest drains
  • Care of trauma patients

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Medical Systems Approach Model.  Patients are assessed by body systems and the Neuro HDU uses the Critical Care Assessment and Evaluation documents which are bespoke to Salford Royal's Critical Care Units.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Basic nursing skills including bed bathing, mouth care, eye care, catheter care, pressure area care
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Wound care
  • Care of wound drains
  • Care of patient requiring nutritional support, for example NG and PEG feeding
  • Practice in performing a complete assessment of patient including 5 lead ECG, Invasive and Non Invasive BP, CVP, Oxygen Saturations, Respiratory Rate and Pattern, Neurological Assessment using using GCS
  • Caring for the Critically Ill patient

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Caring for tracheotomies, including wound care and suction under supervision
  • Care of central lines and dialysis lines
  • Basic interpretation of blood results
  • Care of patients on C.PAP
  • Care of the patient with external ventricular drain
  • Safe transfer of the critically ill patient to CT scan or MRI

What resources are available to help students learning?

There are resource files and computers available on the Neuro HDU.  There are GCS workbooks written by the trust available on request.

Also Critical Care does run some study days throughout the year, students are welcome to attend.  Simulation training is run across the whole of Critical Care and students are welcome to participate.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

There are various research projects taking place within Neuro HDU.  These research projects vary depending on patient needs.

Spoke Placements

Below is a list of possible places to spoke to.  If you would like to spoke during your placement please discuss with your mentor before you organise it.

ICU - Dena Hickson ext 65045

SHDU - Polly Hamilton ext 62536

B8 - Catherine McClogan ext 61209

B7 - Heather Robinson ext 64571

H7 - Karen McCann ext 64610

Emergency Department - Jayne Carroll ext 61340

ANU - Hermina Lloyd ext 64586

H5 Spinal - Jan Svolkinas ext 64096

Theatres - Sarah Calcott ext 65073

Neuro Trauma Facilitation Team - Arron Ramchurn ext 62380

Additional Information

There is the opportunity to gain insight to Mental Capacity Assessments and Deprivation of Liberty Assessments.

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

t: 0161 206 5218