Student Nurse Guide for East Cheshire
Welcome to East Cheshire NHS Trust.
This guide has been designed to provide information to help you while on
placement at our hospital. Our aim is to provide you with a high quality,
positive placement experiences throughout your training. We hope your
experience will make you feel a valued member of our team.
Updated April 2010
Practice Education Facilitator (PEF)
Julie Brown is employed by East Cheshire NHS Trust as a Practice
Education Facilitator and works closely with students, mentors and
university staff. Julie is based in the Education and Training Centre on the
blue zone and her contact number is 01625 661986. If no one is available
please leave a short message on the answer phone and you will be
contacted as soon as possible.
The Practice Education Facilitators role is to enhance the placement
quality. This includes, working with students on an individual basis,
facilitating skills session and liaising with you, your mentor, ward staff, the
multi-professional team and link tutors to enhance your learning
experience. The PEF also provides mentor support and development in line
with the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice
(2008), placement development and educational audit. The PEF will
support and advise you and your mentor to achieve your learning
objectives during your clinical placements. Link tutors will also regularly
visit you on your placement area.
Clinical skills sessions
Macclesfield has a well equipped multi professional skills lab with a wide
range of equipment and mannequins. During placement you will have the
opportunity to participate in skills sessions, clinical scenarios using our
SimMan with video and audio feedback, inter professional learning
sessions, reflective sessions and OSCE practice sessions. Please gain
permission to attend from your mentor or nurse in charge of the ward.
Information on all the above skills sessions is displayed on the wards, the
notice board next to the PEF office and the pre registration nursing site of
the trust intranet.
Essential equipment when on duty.
Black pen, pocket note book, scissors, pen torch, watch with second hand
preferably a fob watch, (no wrist watches to be worn).
Your practice assessment documents, ongoing achievement record, any
retrieval document, action plans and skills inventory. Learning outcomes
are achievable in all areas of placement and should be with you every day
so your mentor, tutors or PEF can access them at anytime.
On each placement
Contact or visit your area at least one week prior to commencement to
introduce yourself, establish who your mentors are and what shifts you will
be working. Student information packs are available in most areas. You
may be given two mentors. Remember to arrange your midpoint and final
assessment interviews with your mentor, allowing the mentors sufficient
time to complete it. Remember wards can be very busy, so don’t leave it to
the last minute. If you or your mentor need help or advice completing the
assessment paperwork please contact the PEF Julie Brown on ext1986
who will be happy to advise and support both you and your mentor.
Some placements have an agreed rotation or spoke placements in place to
help maximise learning opportunities to reflect the service available to
patients. These include spending time with specialist nurses, time in other
departments or multi professional teams. Details will be given to you on
your placements. However other relevant learning opportunities can be
arranged through negotiation with your mentor. Record any spoke
placements on the off duty so mentors and tutors know where you are.
Take your assessment documents and spoke record to any learning
opportunities you attend. It is good practice to keep a photocopy of your
attendance or make up sheets as this reduces time owing verification
problems when nearing qualification.
Irrespective of where your placement is, you will need to know the location
of resuscitation equipment, cardiac arrest procedure and number to
summon help 2222, location of fire exits, extinguishers and fire policy,
location of Trust policies, procedures and guidelines and how to use the
bleep /idoc system.
Sickness and absence
Please ring both your University and your placement as soon as you know
you will not be on duty. Keep both informed about the duration of absence
and planned return date. Mentors should record each shift on the student
attendance sheet. Remember to let them know when you will be resuming
Library and computer access.
You can use the Trust Health Science library to access the internet,
intranet, journals text books, university sites and other learning resources.
For Chester students, Jet library books can be returned via this library, but
fines must be paid when next at your theory campus site. You may borrow
additional books to those borrowed from your university. Speak to the
library staff if you require additional help or IT skills courses.
The hospital has a no smoking policy.
Mobile phones should not be used in clinical areas as they may interfere
with vital hospital equipment and phones with cameras means there is a
potential to breach patient confidentiality
Replacement ID badges. Contact Julie Brown who will need to authorise
Information on learning support is available from Julie Brown or your link
tutor. Chester Students can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The trust intra net has a Pre registration nursing site which contains useful
information for both students and mentors including, list of skills sessions
inter professional learning opportunities available, examples of student
assessment documents, good practice event information and Nursing and
Midwifery Council links. To access the site go to departments on the Trust
intranet and click on pre reg nursing.
Remember to inform a patient that you are a student when seeking consent
to administering care.
Social networking and professionalism
Student Nurses and midwives should remember that anything posted on a
social networking site is in the public domain. ‘The Code: Standards of
conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives’ (2008) states:
You must treat people as individuals and respect their dignity
You must respect people's right to confidentiality
You must uphold the reputation of your profession at all times
What you may consider to be letting off steam about a situation at work can
potentially be read by someone who may take offence at the content.
Students could be putting their future registration at risk by posting
inappropriate comments about colleagues, patients, tutors or by posting
any material that could be considered explicit.
Remember we are here to facilitate you to gain a range of practical
experiences and achieve the required standard of knowledge, skills and
competencies to be fit for practice. The Trust aims to provide a high quality
learning environment. If you have any problems or concerns please don’t
hesitate to contact either Julie Brown (PEF) or your link tutor for help or
Please ensure you complete your practice evaluations after each
placement as this provides us with valuable feedback.
Uniform Policy See full uniform policy on the trust intranet.
The trust believes uniform helps to maintain the professional image and
should be worn with pride. Certain behaviour in public is inappropriate
when wearing uniform, as it detracts from the caring professional image the
wearer is representing. Students are provided with uniform by the
university, but are subject to the uniform/dress code of the Trust when in
practice. Failure to comply will be taken up with the link tutor. Good practice
includes the following key points;
Wear a clean uniform at the start of the shift and change immediately if
becomes soiled or contaminated.
Wear your identity badge.
Keep nails short and clean, no false nails, nail extensions or nail varnish
Hair should be neat, off the face and secured off the collar Facial hair well
Wear soft soled closed heel and toes shoes.
Uniform should not be worn outside hospital premises (e.g. when
shopping) and should be covered if travelling to and from work.
Only one plain wedding band (no stones) and one pair stud earrings
permitted. No necklaces or chains allowed.
Be naked below the elbow when providing clinical care.
Be a good role model. Please remember to wash your hands at the
sinks provided when entering and leaving clinical areas.
All Trust policies which students need to know about are available via the
Intra Net. Please take time to read them.
The good nursing handover
Patients name, age and consultant
Relevant past history e.g. Diabetes,
Presenting complaint e.g. collapse ?cause, abdominal pain
Hydration and nutritional status
Do they have a cannula or infusion
Do they have a catheter, frequency of measurements, output
Do they have any drains & amount of drainage per 24 hour
Special observations e.g EWS, neuro obs, foot pulses
Details of referrals, update on discharge.
Any treatment or special tests outstanding
Other information which needs passing on
Julie Brown PEF email@example.com or ext 1986
Deborah Dent PEF Community firstname.lastname@example.org or 665566
Cassie Hadfield PEF Mental Health cassandra.hadfield @cwp.nhs.uk
Leighton Faculty of Health site for Chester University 01625 612331
The following link tutors regularly visit Macclesfield placement areas Link
tutor contact details are displayed on each placement area.
Chester university Leighton site 01270 612331
Abe Ginourie Adult email@example.com
ward 3, 4,7,8,9, theatres, haemodiaysis CCU
Joy Parks Adult firstname.lastname@example.org
ward1,2,DCU,A&E,CRC,ETU,main OPD, Tatton ward
Janine Upton Adult email@example.com
ward5,6,10,11, Ortho OPD, Aston ward
Adam Keen Adult A.Keen@chester.ac.uk
Dr Mary Steen Midwifery firstname.lastname@example.org
all midwifery placement areas.
Ruth Sadik Child Branch R.email@example.com
all child placement areas University of Chester
Manchester Metropolitan University Adult nursing
Declan O’Reilly Adult Branch D.Oreilly@mmu.ac.uk 0161247 2524
About East Cheshire NHS Trust Customer Care Code
What we expect from everyone working in and using our hospitals
To provide a friendly, caring, safe environment for patients, visitors
That staff will treat patients, their families and visitors as they would
like to be treated themselves
To respect people’s privacy and dignity at all times
To provide a polite and helpful telephone service
To support colleagues with team work
To take pride in our work and appearance and wear ID badges visibly
And to all our patients, their relatives and friends, please be polite
and respectful to staff
To be the hospital where you would choose to be treated
• To continue to provide and develop an Emergency Department, a
wide range of planned and emergency acute services for adults and
children and maternity services.
• To provide clinically effective services in a fit for purpose
• To maintain a friendly and helpful approach where patients and staff
feel respected and work together.
• To expand service provision to meet additional acute and
The following Board Objectives are a priority of East Cheshire NHS
To continuously improve the quality of services and therefore the
experience of patients in order to remain the hospital of choice
To achieve the best possible standard of cleanliness in all premises owned
by the Trust
To continuously improve the development and support of staff
To achieve the financial plan
To continuously improve Hospital and Community services which are
valued by the public and our commissioners, taking the opportunity to work
with partner providers to offer integrated seamless care.
To strengthen and promote Corporate Social Responsibility
Each year the Trust provides
As a Trust we offer a wide range of placements for pre registration nurses
and also the opportunity to work in other areas with members of the multi
professional team. This includes placements for Adult, Child and Maternity
branch students from Chester, Manchester Metropolitan university and
Manchester university. Students from Mental Health and Learning
Disabilities can also work within the Trust on their alternative branch
placements. A range of spoke opportunities including areas such as
Discharge Co- ordinators, Bed Managers, Pre -op assessment, main
outpatients, Nurse led clinics, Orthopaedic Outpatients, specialist nurses
and multi professional team members.
Placements description phone
Ward 1 General surgical 1001
Ward2 surgical 1002
Ward3 Gastroenterology medical 1003
Ward4 Respiratory medical 1004
Ward5 Orthopaedic 1005
Ward6 Orthopaedic 1006
Ward7 Cardiology medical 1007
MAU&EAU Medical admissions/emergency 1008
Ward9 Short stay medical 1009
Ward10 Care of the elderly and general 1010
Ward11 Integrated Stroke care Includes acute 1011
stroke unit and rehabilitation
Day case unit Surgical day cases 1737
Main Out patients Range of consultant and nurse led 1117
CCU Coronary care unit 1016
Cancer resource centre Chemo therapy and other cancer 3198
services includes spokes to Macmillian
Orthopaedic outpatients Range of outpatient clinics and
department experience with multi professional team
for orthopaedic care
Theatres Main theatre, orthopaedic theatre and 1402
day case theatre
Intensive care/High Critical care 1032
A&E Minor and major accident and 1452
Endoscopy & treatment Scopes and minor procedures 1030
Knutsford District Rehabilitation and outpatients 7251
Congleton war memorial Rehabilitation, Out patients and minor 7838
Hospital & Aston Ward injuries
Paediatrics Childrens ward 1084
Child community nursing
Neonates Special care baby unit
Early pregnancy unit Ante Natal care
Maternity ward Labour ward and post natal care