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Sycamore Ward


St Woolos Hospital, Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4SZ


University Contact: 

Dr Janice Hoover

Position:Lecturer: Adult Nursing
Telephone: +44 (0)29 206 87810Extension: 87810


Practice Facilitator: 

Katie Summerhill

Telephone: 01633 234794




Male and Female Organic Assessment Unit



Older Adults


Key Learning Opportunities: 

The overall aim of Sycamore ward is to assess the need of the individual and plan for appropriate discharge. We treat each person as an individual by taking into account their physical, social, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs striving to achieve holistic care.  We also work closely with relatives and families in the delivery of care to our patients. Sycamore ward specialises in the care of people with dementia and who have confusion, memory problems and challenging behaviour.  The ward has 12 mental health assessment beds which are under the care of the psychiatrist.  Patients admitted are assessed in the community by Doctors, social workers or a Community Psychiatric Nurse (C.P.N’s).  The consultant will ultimately make the decision to admit the patient onto the ward. 


The multi-disciplinary team work on physical care and behaviour management to communicate effectively with patients to meet their specialist needs. The team works with and supports relatives and carers to provide education, advice and support.


All patients are assessed using all Wales CTP assessment and care planning includes risk assessment of falls, nutritional needs, tissue viability and care of patient co-morbidities. WARRN assessments, CHC assessments and use of the decision support tool.

The student will work with all members of the MDT, attend ward rounds, MDT meetings and work with the team in discharge planning.

The ward is active in transforming care and has led in environmental improvements. Fundamentals of care and 1000 lives: the ward is a pilot site for intelligent targets and involved in piloting new assessments.

Students will work with their mentor and the team and over the course of their placement will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills by observing and participating in all the services available. This will enhance your knowledge of Older Adult working practices.


Preparation For Practice:

Access library facilities on Dementia, read around policies and frameworks for meeting the needs of older adults in Wales. Review carer’s strategy.



06:40 - 14:30

13:40 - 21:30

21:00 - 07:30

There is some flexibility available on discussion with ward manager and mentor.


Dress Code: 

All Wales Uniform Policy


Last Updated: 

September 2015