Information for students on placements

Our placements

Wigan and Leigh Hospice is happy to welcome students to our Inpatient Unit.

Many students tell us they learn a great deal, not only about palliative and end of life care, but also about caring in general.

Approximately two weeks before you start your placement we will confirm the names of your mentors and your shifts for the first fortnight. Once you start you will be able to arrange your remaining shift pattern with your mentors.


Your mentors

Prior to your placement you will be allocated a practice assessor and practice supervisor (your mentors).
Your practice assessor and practice supervisor will be experienced registered nurses who have been prepared and supported to take up their role.

You will be supervised by numerous multi-disciplinary team members during your placement, but your practice assessor will make the overall recommendation for progression to your academic assessor.


Additional support

If you require any additional support due to a disability or health need then we will be happy to support you while you are on placement. Details of the in-patient unit student co-ordination team can be found below:

Lynne Dallimore (Deputy IPU Manager)
Rachel Shaw (Senior Staff Nurse)
Alison Ogden-Banks (Senior Staff Nurse)
Further points of contact include:
Dee Brennan (IPU Secretary)
Hannah Holmes (Clinical Practice Educator)

Your first day

Please bring with you:

  1. Passport – in date
  2. Driving licence (this must have the same address as the address verification)
  3. Address verification dated within the last 3 months i.e. bank statement, utility bill, HMRC notification (not a mobile telephone bill)
  4. DBS certificate
  5. NI number


The essentials

  • You will be required to wear a uniform for your placement.
  • Car parking is free on the hospice car park. Find us: Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley, Wigan, WN2 3HZ
  • You are welcome to bring in your own food; we have a fridge and microwave in the staff kitchen. Any food you bring in must be labelled with your name and date. Alternatively, you can order and purchase hot food, salads and sandwiches from the canteen.
  • If possible, we will provide a small locker.


Delwin Audil completed a placement with the hospice from January 3rd 2022 to January 30th 2022.

“The staff taught very important skills to help me keep scope of my practice at all times to ensure safe practice. I was encouraged to wider my clinical skills but I was never pressured into doing something I wasn’t comfortable with.

“I was exposed to many experiences during my time which will help me progress onto my next placement. I was given many learning opportunities such as staff asking if I wanted to observe in certain practices; being very hands-on with patients by learning personal care/moving & handling; completing learning courses which I got certificates from and the Clinical Practice Educators making me aware of education sessions I could attend.

“My actions were praised very often which really motivated me to try even harder each each day. It was never a dull day at the hospice the atmosphere was very uplifting even though it was hard on some days.”

Education and Training Opportunities

Our Practice Development Team runs a 12-week rolling education programme.

The team run a regular 12-week rolling programme. Below you can see some of the topics we cover:

Week 1:
Day sessions - Definitions of Palliative Care
Evening Sessions - Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment

Week 2:
Day sessions - Promoting Dignity in EOLC
Evening Sessions - Providing Emotional & Psychological Support in EOLC

Week 3:
Day sessions - Communication Skills
Evening Sessions - Managing Catastrophic Haemorrhage

Week 4:
Day sessions - Advance Care Planning
Evening Sessions - Management of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators at the end of life

For the full programme please email:

Examples of additional sessions:

  • HCA Induction Training
  • HCA Syringe Pump Awareness
  • Syringe Pump Training

We also have a Clinical Practice Educator based part-time at the hospice.


At Wigan and Leigh Hospice, we take the wellbeing of our staff and visitors very seriously. The nature of the work we do, can be extremely emotional and upsetting, and can impact on staff in every department of our organisation.

If you are on placement at the hospice and feel you need to speak to anyone about a particular situation that has impacted upon you, then please don’t hesitate to speak to your allocated mentor or another member of staff, who can offer you support and provide you with information on how to access other agencies or specific strategies to assist you.

The hospice has a designated wellbeing module which went live on 1st August 2022. The initial module has a focus on resilience, and what we can all do to recognise influences on our wellbeing and positive changes we can make. Depending on the length of your placement, you may be able to access this module.

Wellbeing Champions

Separately to the wellbeing module the hospice are looking to introduce wellbeing champions across all areas. Wellbeing champions are colleagues who can confidentially listen, support and sign post you to support services. Please ask for details during your placement.

A quiet space

Sometimes we may just need to find a quiet space, where we can sit and reflect. The hospice has several break out rooms which can be used to have time out, or to discuss thoughts and feelings about a particular scenario which may be hard to make sense of.

Remember - just ask for help!

Sometimes we all need to ask for help. If you feel that you can’t cope or are feeling overwhelmed, then just ask.

The Mental Health Foundation has some advice on their website.

Suggested pre reading

  • Cherny et al (2021) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 6th Edition
  • Dahlin.C, Coyne.P and Ferrell B (2016) Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing, Oxford University Press
  • Department of Health (2008). End of Life Care Strategy: promoting high quality care for all adults at the end of life. London: Department of Health. [Online]. Available from:
  • Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network (2019) Palliative Care Pain and Symptom Guidelines for Adults. Fifth Edition
  • Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (2014). One chance to get it right: Improving people's experience of care in the last few days and hours of life. London: Department of Health.
  • National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership (2021) Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care 2021 -2026
  • Neuberger, J. (2004). Caring for dying people of different faiths. 3rd edn. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Thomas.K, Lobo.B and Detering.K (2018) Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care. Second Edition

More about Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Our Mission, Vision and Values 
What We Do 
About the Hospice 


Contact Us

Email: or telephone 01942 525566.