Staffs University launches simulation suite to train nurses in patient safety


Staffordshire University has launched a new simulation suite to provide nurses with training in patient safety in The School of Health and Social Care.

The simulation suite mimics a real-life emergency room and enables them to learn how to work in high-pressured and unpredictable environments.

One of the main pieces of technical kit that the suite features are four life-like clinical skills manikins that can breathe, blink and even talk.

The treatment the nurses administer to them is controlled in an observation room.

Technical staff manipulate the responses of the manikins depending on whether the nurses administer specific doses of drugs or give them CPR.

Clinical Skills manikin

The student nurses take part in simulation days where they must act out emergency scenarios and learn how to treat the patients in stressful atmosphere; a huge emphasis is placed on the nurses learning about human behaviour and they way they respond in high-pressured environments.

There is a dedicated debriefing room which allows the students to watch the live streamed footage of the simulation, which enables them to reflect and analyse their performances to learn how to improve their knowledge of patient safety.

Other specialist equipment in the simulation suite includes defibrillators, Automated External Defibrillators and Dinamap machines.

In UK hospitals there are approximately 150 deaths every week related to issues around patient safety costing the NHS around £2.5 billion pounds a year, which is why these nurses are being trained to the highest standard of to ensure they know the importance of patient safety.

Simulation training is used in many industries, including the aviation industry to train pilots how to land planes in an emergency situation.

Mike Phillips, Associate Dean of The School for Health and Social Care says: “This type of training helps prepare the nurses to work in the real environment, and instead of training them in a classroom and talking theoretically, we can do it around the bed.

“They are also able to learn how to communicate with the patient and anxious relatives, which is something you cannot teach in a classroom. This type of training is taking it to a different but appropriate level.”

Students can already study nursing degrees at the university’s Shrewsbury and Stafford campuses. But last year, the university created the opportunity for people to study the degree at their main campus in Stoke-on-Trent.

The plaque was unveiled by the L.E.P’s chairman, David Frost

There are 200,000 less trained nurses in the UK than there were in 2010.

Anne Ewins, Dean of The School for Health and Social Care says: “It’s our mission to provide really high quality graduate in nursing, paramedics and midwifery to help with the regional supply of the workforce in healthcare.

“The Clinical Simulation Suite is a key part of being able to deliver on this”, she added.

The £176,000 facility has been funded by Stoke-on-Trent’s Local Enterprise Partnership (L.E.P)in order to help with this mission and provide high quality services in order for this mission to be achieved.

This equipment paves the way for a modernised style of nursing training that will undoubtedly equip the nurses of the future with a better medical understanding of those they care for, which will ultimately save lives.


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