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State-of-the-art simulation ward opens at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre

A brand new state-of-the-art simulation ward has been officially opened at Kidderminster Hospital, ensuring nurses and other health professionals across the county and beyond have access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive training opportunities.

The simulation ward, which has been created in a former ward area, is designed to provide a diverse practical teaching area for nurses, midwives, Allied Health Professionals and other registered and non-registered healthcare professionals and simulate ‘real life scenarios’.

The simulation ward includes four lifelike ‘manikins’ from Lifecast, which have been designed to be used alongside Advanced Life Support technology to create outstanding simulated clinical training. The manikins have been chosen to reflect the ethnic diversity of the population we serve and will support our staff to learn skills and competencies including catheter and nasogastric tube insertion.

The Simulation ward will bring together a variety of teaching styles to refresh the training programmes already provided by the Professional Development Team at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, including preceptorships, care certificate training, venepuncture, cannulation and IV therapy as well as training students from all disciplines.

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Sarah Needham, Associate Director of Nursing at the Trust, said: “We are really proud of this new amazing teaching environment for our staff and this demonstrates our commitment as a Trust to invest in our staff’s development and training. Today is one of the proudest days of my career and I hope that all of our staff in the Trust will gain the benefit of using this state of the art facility.

“Simulation-based training is a concept which enables real-life scenarios to be used as part of the teaching which will support all our staff in developing the skills and knowledge in order to continue in providing our patients with safe and quality care. The style of teaching is much more interactive and the manikins are so lifelike, staff really buy into and get a lot from this approach.”

Kate Knight, Education Project Lead, said: “As well as continuing to upskill our current workforce, an intensive course has been developed to provide opportunities for our support staff registered in other countries to gain Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration. The new simulation ward will be the main centre for teaching and international nurses who work across the country have contacted the trust as they wish to join our course and access this opportunity.”

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The centre was officially opened by Dr David Jenkins, a highly regarded Diabetes Consultant from the Trust, and Beverly Ingram, Director of Nursing at Health Education England West Midlands who has dedicated her career to the development of nurses and allied professionals.

Beverly said: “This new ward really is fantastic, thinking back to my 35 years in nursing it’s incredible how far science and technology have come along since then. This is really important for Worcestershire’s hospital and it’s a real credit to the team that have made it happen. They are so realistic and will improve the quality and safety of nurse training in future.

Dr Jenkins said: “The quality of these manikins is amazing; this is a fantastic space and will serve to improve the safety and quality of teaching in the future.”

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