Text Size

Search a course

Consultancy in Postgraduate Medicine


The Postgraduate Medical team offers one-off projects ranging from a day to several months.

Contact Postgraduate Medicine to help you with consultancy projects:

Cheri Hunter
Head of Department
2F423, Health Research Building, University of Hertfordshire. Hatfield, AL10 9AB England

Clinical Simulation Centre, University of Hertfordshire

The Clinical Simulation Centre is located on the purposely designed ground floor of the Health Research Building, on the College Lane Campus.

Advanced teaching facility:

  • The centre Is currently the largest UK clinical simulation centre and is available for you to call upon our staff expertise for consultancy (Centre design, research, educational expertise, curriculum integration) or short-courses such asSimMan/SimBaby Training Courses, Simulation Train the Trainer Courses, or Multidisciplinary Simulation-Based Training Course for clinical teams.
  • Enables our students to work as a team while experiencing realistic scenarios or becoming familiar with different pieces of medical and monitoring equipment.
  • Is used for educational and biomedical engineering research activities.
  • Is used by external organisations as a training or filming venue, and industry for testing new products. 

Activities of the centre:

The centre is used for a range of courses including:

  • Simulation training for our students (Paramedics, nurses (Adult/Children/Mental Health/Learning Disability), midwifes, dieteticians, physiotherapists, radiographers, radiotherapists, and clinical psychologists).
  • Simulation training for Foundation Doctors (Year 1 and 2) from the local NHS Trusts.
  • Consultancy (Centre design, training, scenario development, faculty and technical support).
  • Short courses (Simulation training for health professionals, academic tutors, or technical staff or training courses such as AMLS and GEMS).
  • Research.
  • Team building events.
  • Conference or meeting hosting.
  • Collaboration with industry.

Background to our multiprofessional medical simulation centre:

Simulation is increasingly being used as a teaching tool for the training of professionals in many disciplines. For example advanced simulation techniques have been used to train airline pilots for several decades. Since 1995, with the opening of the industrially sponsored Centre for Advanced Healthcare Technology (CAHT), the University of Hertfordshire has worked on the development of technological aspects of simulation to facilitate teaching. Subsequently and to put the developments into context, the Clinical Simulation Centre(formerly HICESC) was opened in 1998.

To our knowledge, the Clinical Simulation Centre(formerly HICESC) was the first university-based simulation centre set up in the United Kingdom. The Clinical Simulation Centre rapidly developed into an important teaching resource used for teaching pre- and post-registration nursing and paramedic students. The centre provided a realistic clinical environment and was initially equipped with several adult, paediatric and baby ALS mannequins. The centre was then enhanced with the arrival of two Laerdal SimMan mannequins (Patient Simulators), and networked computers to run interactive simulation software (SimBioSys: Physiology Labs V3ECGABG, and Clinics V2). The plan of the centre (Figure 1) shows the centre as it was during 2004-2006. The previous setup (1998-2004), located in another part of the University, was arranged as illustrated in Figure 2. An audio/video system was already used so that students could observe others tackling realistic clinical scenarios in an unobtrusive way, sitting in the computer part of the laboratory, which would then be used as an observation room.

The facilities were too small to respond to the demand, so a new centre was built in 2006 with a large range of simulated areas. At the present time the Clinical Simulation Centre(formerly HICESC) is among the largest simulation centres in Europe with approximately550m2 of teaching space on one level. It has 6 simulation rooms, 3 observation rooms, and 2 control rooms. Our aim is to ensure that this facility remains at the forefront of scenario-based simulation education for large numbers of healthcare students and professionals in the region.

Postgraduate Medicine booklet

Study a range of postgraduate programmes with strong emphasis on contemporary clinical issues, which can be undertaken at Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master's level.


Please click the button to see our Postgraduate Medicine booklet for more information.

Recorded CALS


Hertfordshire Journal of Medicine supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Shire Pharmaceuticals

Latest issue

December 2013 Volume 8 Number 1

Postgraduate medical training has strong bearing on patient safety and is understandably an area of focus for the GMC. Changes are therefore inevitable and those who have found changes overwhelming in the past may find the future daunting...

Download the full version


June 2012 Volume 7 Number 1

In the world of medical education six months is a long time. Since the last edition of HJM there have been several developments which have direct bearing on medical education...


December 2011 Volume 6 Number 2

Another year is drawing to a close and it is time to reflect and plan for the next year. Much has happened and there are several new developments which merit attention. The result of the GMC National Training Survey 2011 has now ...

Download the full version


December 2010 Volume 5 Number 2

This is the time of the year when some of us may have a few moments for reflection. We have survived induction and the new foundation year trainees have had the abrupt and for some stressful transition from being students to doctors...

Download the full version

June 2010 Volume 5 Number 1

In an era of information overload, do we really need an academic journal for the East & North Herts NHS Trust? Never has medical knowledge been so readily available to the medical profession. However, is this enough? Although...

Download the full version

March 2008 Volume 4 Number 1

It is with great pleasure that the first edition of 2008 is presented. In the forest of medical periodicals HJM is but...

Download the full version