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The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre provides advanced facilities for our Health, Social Care and Medicine programmes. With a multi-million-pound investment, the Centre has been designed to be both flexible and adaptable, and meet today and tomorrow’s needs.

A mannequin in a hospital bed at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre ward.

As a student, you can use our facilities to take part in a range of simulation scenarios and learn necessary skills for your chosen course. These scenarios are designed to replicate real-world conditions and enable you to safely practice situations that you might be confronted with on placement or when qualified.

Our mission

Our vision

Facilities

Ward

This area is used for:

  • ward-based simulations focusing on the critical/deteriorating patient (we have piped air which can act as oxygen)
  • interprofessional learning where students from different disciplines learn to work together
  • scenarios focusing on patient safety, ethical or moral reasoning

Interactive 360s

Ward (1)

Ward (1, alterative view)

Ward (2)

Ward (2, alternative view)

White chairs are surrounding a white table in the foreground. There are TVs on the wall in the background. The room is white.

Small, flexible debrief rooms

Small groups of students observe live scenarios.  Students are given a pre-brief to understand the learning outcomes of each session and those taking part will be given a role and a situation synopsis. The debrief follows the scenario and participants and those watching are guided through the debriefing process.

Students are encouraged to do most of the talking in the debriefing. Those observing the session can watch via TV screens, actively critique and provide feedback in the debrief. This process helps students develop peer review and reflective practice skills.

There are 12 small flexible debrief rooms in total, allowing for multiple scenarios to be run simultaneously.

Small, flexible space (1)

Small, flexible space (2)

Small, flexible space (3)

The simulation practice theatre area, this image includes an operating table in the foreground and various operating devices around it.

Theatre areas

This area is used by Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) but is also available to be used by other students. The theatre area is ideal for running scenarios that focus on human factors and non-technical skills, including: situation awareness, leadership, communication, hierarchy, team work and decision-making skills.

Operating theatre (1)

Operating theatre (2)

Operating theatre sink

The anatomy & ultrasound resource centre, featuring two Anatomage tables

Anatomy and ultrasound resource centre

In recent years, there has been a move away from dissection with the advent of new technology that allows us to see inside the human body with specialised devices. We have access to amazing, state-of-the-art technology in the new anatomy and ultrasound resource centre.

Anatomy

Ultrasound

One of the labs within the health department.

Clinical skills space

This is a large, clinical skills space suitable for running multiple skills, for example airway, venepuncture, arterial blood, and abdominal examination trainers.

It can be configured as one large space or separated into the three separate skill areas.

Clinical skills space

Large, flexible spaces

There are three large flexible spaces, one on each floor these are multi-purpose and can be used as an Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) area, additional skills area, ward, history taking or physical examination area.

The first floor has been designed for carrying out OSCEs or Multiple or Mini Interviews (MMIs).

It has eight OSCE bays with an additional five rooms designed for consultation.

Large, flexible space

Consultation rooms

These rooms can be used for history taking, physical examination, counselling or for general consultation.

Small consultation room

Large consultation room

An image of the better health suite. This image contains multiple couches and a TV, similar to that of a standard home setting.

‘The Better at Home’ suite

The Better at Home Suite is a collaboration with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for the WellChild national charity, which helps show parents how to provide essential care for their children once they leave hospital. The suite at Edge Hill University was originally the first parent and carer training facility in the UK.

The flat area is typically used for scenarios focusing on the home environment including social work, community care (dementia care), home births and paramedic call-outs.

‘The Better at Home’ suite – living space

‘The Better at Home’ suite – bedroom

Equipment

We have a range of human patient simulators that cover all age ranges and imitate the effects of breathing, have pulses and heart and lung sounds. These parameters can be changed depending on the scenario and they can have lines inserted or be catheterised. The simulators are operated from the control room where staff can provide the patient’s voice and take any calls from students.

We also have many part-task trainers including airway trainers, venepuncture arms, arterial blood gas arms, PROMPT maternal and abdominal.

Commitment to the community

Community engagement is important to the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

Service users and carers are an important component to the successful delivery of the simulation and skills sessions.

Standardised participants and service users

Standardised participants and service users portray the characteristics of real patients. At Edge Hill University, we work with standardised participants and service users within the Centre to provide a level of realism and feedback that can enhance aspects of simulated learning.

Open events

Open events are offered to potential students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare to see the facilities and courses available.

A group of health students in a simulation theatre treating a mannequin

Future development

The Centre aims to encourage future collaborations with external partners and to provide education to the local healthcare community. Get in touch if you interested in working with us.

You can make a difference.

We are looking for dynamic members of the public to work with us in our Standardised/Simulated Participant role.

Find out more about the role