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Clinical Simulation Centre Welcomed by Regional Health Chief

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The University of Worcester has unveiled its new Clinical Simulation Centre – the latest innovative facility at the University’s disposal to ensure the high quality training of current and future healthcare professionals.

Following on from the development of the Mobile Laboratory, which will see clinical training delivered to rural community nurses, the Clinical Simulation Centre is designed to provide exceptional simulation-based education opportunities for students, staff and clinical practitioners.

Professor Janice Stevens CBE, Managing Director of Health Education West Midlands, officially opened the facility – based in a former school building on the edge of the University’s St John’s campus, last week.

Professor Stevens said: “I’ve been around the NHS for a long time, and simulation has certainly moved on from when I did my training. This is a really great development, and I am privileged to have been asked to open it.

“It’s fantastic that the University of Worcester is choosing to invest in the quality training of future health professionals.”

She added: “In my experience, the vast majority of nurses are doing a sterling job in what are turbulent times. However, it is so important that we give them the chance to practice in a protected, safe environment such as this, and allow them to find their feet and build their confidence.”

Facilities at the Simulation Centre include specifically tailored clinical environments, state of the art equipment and recording facilities which will enable the University’s Institute of Health and Society to offer the latest simulation techniques and technologies in the rapidly growing field of health professional education.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “In any field, when educating the future generation of professionals, it is essential that all three elements of a ‘golden triangle’ are in operation.

“One component is the student that possesses the right attitude, abilities and personal qualities – care and compassion, in the case of nursing.

“We also need people who are educated themselves who also have a gift of communication, and are passionate about passing on their knowledge, skills and abilities, and thirdly, people currently in practice – who are doing these things every day.”

He continued: “Working together properly will make a big difference to people and to society, and it is that synergy which will ensure that we have the very best quality training, which will turn into the very best quality care.”