Designed to provide a training environment that can be used by a variety of healthcare teams from different backgrounds.
The simulation room can be altered to mimic the workplace appropriate for the staff involved in the training exercises. The manikin and other equipment require participants to interact and make decisions in real-time with little or no involvement of a 'trainer' during the scenario. To create a life-like medical environment allowing realistic scenarios to be reproduced and enacted without any risk to the patient, the manikin can 'talk' to the team members if appropriate, blink his/her eyes, breathe, and respond appropriately to a wide range of drugs and fluids administered intravenously. A dedicated telephone line permits communication with 'laboratory staff' or 'difficult colleagues', or can be used for calls to the 'emergency services'. All activity within the simulator room can be recorded via several fixed cameras and microphones for subsequent feedback to the team.
The control room contains the computer equipment, which controls the human patient manikin, and the audio-visual recording apparatus for the simulation room and the seminar room. During a training exercise this room will contain instructors and technicians who are directing and observing the scenario.
The seminar room allows other staff to observe the scenarios via one-way glass, and subsequently is used by the instructor(s) to facilitate a debriefing exercise for the team and observers, which can be reinforced by playing back recorded components of the scenario if required. This powerful form of immediate feedback, along with the ability to observe colleagues participating in scenarios, provides an unparalleled opportunity to highlight communication, awareness, team-member and leadership skills which are otherwise difficult or impossible to teach on an interprofessional basis in the clinical setting.
A flexible space that can be set up to deliver a range of training from, for example, moving and handling training to advanced surgical skills.The area can be set up to meet identified needs from small workshop type space to a large room for group training. The centre offers courses and also a self-directed learning area whereby students can practise in their own time with the support of a technician as required.
The centre has a store of core equipment to support training, including one of the new Trust beds, couches, manual handling equipment, laparoscopic equipment for surgical skills training.
The space can be used as one large room or subdivided into three smaller areas:
Clinical Skills Room 1 - Lectern with audio visual facilities and can be linked to operating theatres at QMC
Clinical Skills Room 2 - Flexible space, wash hand basins, work benches
Clinical Skills Room 3 - 2 bed positions with fully working medical air, oxygen and suction.
The clinical skills rooms are designed to be flexible to meet different course needs, predominantly focusing on specific skills or aspects of training. Designed for the multidisciplinary team, training will include a range of skills based sessions, for example cannulation, use of medical equipment and moving and handling training. Ability to record teaching in this room via ceiling camera points.
In addition the centre offers nationally recognised courses including Resuscitation Council approved courses.