Physiotherapy –Cluster 13

Student Placement Profile

Home Oxygen

Service / Home Oxygen Service
Location(s) / The Turner Centre, St James Hospital
Key contact details / Jo Hobbs
02392 685098.
Description of Service / Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment regardinghome oxygenfor people presenting with multiple pathologies including respiratory problems, resulting in lower oxygen levels.
Signposting of patients to other services (e.g. inpatient acute services or community teams) for management as required.
This team provides assessment of patients in their own home or in clinic as appropriate.
Other areas of interest and related experience available / Students may spend time during their placement viewing other community services.
Work/Shift pattern / 0830 – 430 Mon – Fri
Dress/Uniform code / Tunic / Polo Shirt. Navy trouser or May to Sept SMART tailored knee length shorts. Flat black or navy shoes. SMART trainers acceptable. No jewellery (including facial piercing jewellery such as nose rings/studs). A single, non-engraved wedding ring may be worn provided it has no stones in it.
Staff room / Rest Room facilities / Staff changing and canteen on site.
Library / IT Resources / Access to IT Resources and relevant literature
Induction / Orientation Programmes
Welcome Folder / Induction folder available. Full induction by supervising senior given in 1st week against pre-agreed checklist. Student objectives set with student.
Student Tutorial / Seminar Programme (if available) / Students may attend the band 5 IST programme if it is running whilst they are on placement.
Prior recommended reading / websites / resources / Interpreting blood gases!
Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems; Pryor and Prasad
British Lung Foundation
Home Oxygen service –Assessment and Review: Good practice guide
Common assessments / interventions / procedures / treatments / evaluations / Respiratory then focusing specifically on oxygen.
Blood gases interpretation
Interventions :-
Arterialised Capillary Blood Gases to evaluate resting blood oxygen levels.
6 Minute walk tests to evaluate oxygen levels on exercise.
Common conditions seen / COPD, Interstitial Lung Disease, Bronchiectasis, ischaemic heart conditions.
Specific areas of expertise/clinical skills which students can observe / learn from / Practice / Assessment and treatment planning
Observation of blood gases
Goal Setting
Communication with patients / other staff
Home and clinic visits
Applying skills of anatomy, physiology.
List of inter-professional learning opportunities available during placement / Community based assessment and management of respiratory pathologies
Opportunity to shadow other MDT members e.g. OT / nursing
Our expectations of learners whilst on this placement / Enthusiasm!