Simulation and Skills
All of our pre-registration courses have elements of simulated practice to assist in the students skill acquisition. Here at the University of Worcester we have the Sheila Scott Building a Simulation Suite dedicated for teaching and facilitating students learning.
About the Sheila Scott building
The Sheila Scott Building is a dedicated skills and simulation environment. Here students can rehearse clinical skills in a safe environment. Student nurses will have opportunities to learn in professional groups to develop their own professional identity and expertise. Additionally, there will be opportunities for inter-professional learning to enhance mutual understanding and improve patient safety and the quality of care.
Skills and simulation teaching can range from simple instructional lessons such as injection technique to more complex simulation involving sophisticated manikins with computerised physiology. Simulation has the potential to provide learners with an opportunity to develop their roles, to solve problems, increase decision making skills and enhance teamwork.
The skills and practice elements that are taught are drawn from the NMC (2018) Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses, Annexe A & B, and the Pre-registration Midwifery Standards (2009) and are based upon the best available evidence and national guidelines. Teaching is supported by University Lecturers and utilises experienced practitioners to support session delivery.
Equipment and kit
The equipment we use in skills, practice and simulation teaching replicates that found in the clinical environment; however as we work with a wide range of different practice partners across acute and community trusts and a wide variety of private care providers, we cannot guarantee that it will be the same as that found in the clinical placement areas.
Students are always taught the core principles that apply to all equipment for a given procedure, however it remains the practice partner’s responsibility to ensure that students receive training in equipment specific to that placement area or trust.
For instance, with blood glucose measurement there are a wide range of different glucometers available in trusts or that the patient themselves may provide. Students are therefore taught principles around where to take a blood droplet sample, how to maintain universal precautions, safe disposal of sharps and interpreting the results among others.
If you have some new equipment that is being brought into regular use across your clinical areas, please let us know so that we can consider adding it to our equipment. Similarly, if you have some new or changing policies / procedures that are being brought into regular use across your placement areas, please let us know so that we can consider adding it to our skills and simulation training to maintain these links.