A high-tech clinical simulation centre based at Bishop Auckland
Hospital is giving clinicians across the region the chance to
practice their skills in a state of the art facility, equipped with
the very latest simulation training technology.
We have invested over
£410k in the centre, and manager, Jessica Grainger, explains, "We
have a 'family' of life-sized
manikins which can be programmed to replicate a multitude of
scenarios including strokes, heart attacks and
road accident injuries. The manikins include an adult male, a
pregnant woman, a child around
eight, a one year old and a new born baby. They each have a pulse,
heart beat and can even bleed and
"We recreate real life
clinical situations, giving staff at all levels a chance to hone
their skills and knowledge in a risk free,
confidential, environment. Members of our team take on
the roles of other clinical staff who may be
present, so it's as true to life as possible. The technology we
have means that on the other side of a glass
screen, when a senior doctor speaks into a microphone, his words
come out of the 'patient's'
mouth. It's just about as realistic as it can be.
are filmed and also shown, as they happen, in the debrief room, for
shared learning and reflection."
Lead clinician at the
simulation centre, Dr Derek Randles, adds, "In addition to training
on specific clinical situations, we also run
courses around common themes, such as communication. In reality,
when the pressure's on, human
factors can greatly enhance the quality of care patients receive.
In addition to learning about
best clinical practice, simulation exercises can also be used to
show each of us how we react in
circumstances we may not have faced previously, and the importance
of our behaviour and
reactions. Ultimately, our aim is to ensure patients
get the best possible care and experience from staff who can
act decisively and with confidence."
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community