Wednesday, 06 August 2014
The vast array of state-of-the-art facilities available to Health and Society students will be increased from September, with the introduction of a building kitted out to replicate real-life situations for those studying Occupational Therapy.
A house on the edge of the University’s St John’s campus has been renovated to provide simulation facilities, and is fully equipped with the most up-to-date specialist equipment for living independently in the community.
Most of the equipment has been donated by local
manufacturers and providers of equipment for people with disabilities,
including a fully accessible and custom designed kitchen with rise and fall
units for wheelchair users, two accessible bathrooms (all donated by Droitwich
firm AKW); a Stannah stair lift, donated by Stannah and fitted by TPG Disable
Aids, of Hereford; and an electric adjustable homecare bed, given by Invacare.
Also within the new facility are an Oxford ceiling tracking
hoisting system, Oxford mobile hoists and a mobile Standing Frame, all donated
by Joerns Healthcare of Pershore, and an electric riser recliner armchair,
courtesy of Cambridge company Accora Ltd.
The house adds to the already-impressive collection of
facilities, which include the recently renovated Clinical Simulation Centre and
the Mobile Skills Laboratory. Skills and simulated learning are highly regarded
by students and fulfils an essential regulatory requirement in the development
of competent healthcare graduates.
During a recent visit to the University, the Chief Executive
of Health Education England, Ian Cumming (pictured above, centre), called the opportunities on offer to
students at the University of Worcester ‘fantastic’.
“It’s fantastic that the University is able to provide these
sorts of facilities to allow students to learn in an environment much closer to
that in which they’ll be working once they graduate and once they’re
qualified,” Mr Cumming said.
“I think the range of simulation facilities that are on
offer here are just so far beyond where we were even five and ten years ago.
Students are able to develop and learn their skills in a safe environment
before then transferring those skills, even as a student, to working with
patients in a much, much safer way.”
Worcester has a long-established, outstanding reputation for
healthcare courses, and the new facility will offer new and existing students
yet more opportunities to excel in their chosen field.
Yvonne Thomas, Course Leader for Occupational Therapy,
explains: “The new community living facility will be particularly important for
the Occupational Therapy Students, because of their role in helping people to
live independently in the community.
“However, this facility will also benefit students from all
our health and social care programs that could be working with people in their
own homes. Added to our existing, fantastic facilities, this simulation centre
will give our students great opportunities to build up their knowledge and
professional skills and expertise.”