A fly-through video and interactive images are now available to illustrate the plans for the Faculty of Health and Social Care’s new Simulation and Skills Education Centre.

Work is due to start on the facility, which will be located adjacent to the existing Faculty of Health and Social Care building, in early summer and it is due for completion ready for the September 2019 intake of students across the Faculty.

The Simulation and Skills Education Centre will be linked to the current Faculty of Health and Social Care building with a covered walkway.

The new facility will contain a 10-bay ward and OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) practice areas with interactive mannequins and a simulated home environment area with an electronic hoist called Home from home. There will also be multi-functional clinical skills areas, an anatomy room, consultation, counselling and debriefing rooms and ultrasound facilities. In addition, the building will house a computer suite, staff offices and flexible learning rooms.

A virtual-reality link of the building can be seen here. (view on Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome).

The new facility will help ensure that practitioners are fit for practice and promote a patient safety culture and this initiative will be at the forefront of augmenting their ability to work effectively, in a rapidly changing and challenging environment.

In addition to preparing undergraduate students for practice, this investment in the learning  environment and future evidence-based clinical education will bring a creative and diverse approach to teaching and learning, utilising simulation-based education that immerses students in a realistic environment, reflective of the range of real clinical settings.

The newly formed  Medical School will develop a new generation of doctors who understand the needs of the local communities and can respond to, and drive forward, new models of care. Training undergraduate medical students from 2020, the Medical School will provide much-needed additional doctors for the North West.

The new Simulation and Skills Education Centre will provide a range of learning opportunities for all students studying programmes of education within the fields of health, social care and medicine and are designed to meet the needs of the future health and social care workforce.

Find out more about studying in the Faculty of Health and Social Care here and Medicine here.