GP STUDY DAY – COMMON UROLOGICAL AND RENAL PROBLEMS IN PRIMARY CARE
Professor Ken Farrington
Renal Unit Lister Hospital
Mr Damian Hanbury
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).
- 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 V3, ECG, ABG, 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.
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