Acute Stroke

Congratulations on graduating as a registered Nurse and securing your first job within Stroke Services at the Royal Derby Teaching Hospital. This is where you will start learning specialist skills, consolidate previous learning and gain confidence in your abilities as an independent healthcare professional.

In your role as an independent nurse, you will have opportunity to learn something new every day whilst being supported by your preceptor. Remember this is a very different relationship to that of a student and mentor. Completion of learning packages provides evidence for personal and professional portfolios, and provides a foundation on which to develop. The following documents will help you to focus your development and support your revalidation with the NMC in three years’ time:

  1. Trust Newly Qualified Interprofessional Preceptorship Package
  2. Medicines Management- Drug Assessment and Controlled Drugs & Calculations
  3. NG tube Placement Competency
  4. Venepuncture & Cannulation Package

Click here to find out more about managing your preceptorship

Welcome to the team and don’t hesitate to contact the Professional Development team or the ward Sisters if you need anything else.

Take a look at the in depth tab to find out more about working on our acute stroke ward.

Stroke services here at the Derby Teaching Hospitals is made up of several areas, we have an acute stroke ward (410) a specialist Stroke Rehabilitation ward (312) specialist Stroke nurses, a team of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, Speech and language specialists,  stroke consultants, and a TIA clinic as well as follow up clinics in our outpatients services.

Ward 410 is a 34 bedded ward with 4 beds reserved for high dependency care patients. During your supernumerary induction period you will be paired with a preceptor as well as a ‘buddy’ who will have recently been through the Newly Qualified process. You will gain knowledge from shadowing the specialist nurse team as well as understanding the referral pathways that we receive our patients through.

You will be given the opportunity to observe Thrombolysis and specialist stroke assessments as well as experiencing the care patients need in the time after their stroke. During this time you will gain a valuable insight into the input that Speech & language therapists have with our patients and will be introduced to the work of our nutrition assistants.

There is a lot to experience when you start working for us but you will be supported by staff on the ward as well as a member of the professional development team. After a time of induction and settling you will be asked to undertake Dysphagia training to add to your core skills and will be encouraged to undertake formal university modules for stroke care at a later time.

Stroke services as Derby Teaching Hospitals are part of the East Midlands Cardiac and Stroke Network and are an accredited Stroke Primary Stroke Centre for the East Midlands which means we receive the more acutely ill patient s who require more intensive treatments and therapies. We have our own specialist stroke care pathways supported by a network of specialist nurses and consultants and we provide a 24/7 service for thrombolysis and TIA management.

We are currently supporting a research project into transcranial Doppler and work closely with the research and clinical trials team so you may be able to shadow them if you have an interest in research.

Stroke services is an ideal environment to consolidate all of your skills learnt through training and to develop further skills in pressure area care, nutrition, patient handling and positioning as well as communication. You will be encouraged to complete specialist competency packages such as NG Tube placement, and IV drugs as well as gaining skills and knowledge for PEG feeds.

We look forward to welcoming you to the team and supporting your development into a confident, skilled registered nurse.