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Clinical Simulation Centre

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The CDDFT Clinical Simulation Centre is located at Bishop Auckland General Hospital, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham (DL14 6AD). Four high-fidelity manikins have been installed in the main Simulation Suite in addition to SMOTs HD cameras to create an effective, immersive simulation environment. Our debrief room is equipped with the latest in Smartboard technology to enhance high quality debrief of clinical scenarios. Our intention is to be imaginative and proactive in creating the highest quality educational experiences for our staff. We will be working together with our Centre for Research and Innovation to push the boundaries of Simulation Based Education. The core team consists of:

Dr Derek Randles - Clinical Lead for Simulation (

Dr Lucy Blacklock- Simulation Teaching Fellow (

John Lewandowski- Senior Teaching Fellow for Clinical Simulation (

Diane Bullock - Clinical Simulation Technician & Simulation Business Manager (

Kelly Hope - Centre Administrator (

If you would like to contact us at the Clinical Simulation Centre for any course bookings, centre availability or just general enquiries you can contact us via email or phone: 


Telephone:  (01388) 455105

Please see below a video showcasing simulations held at the Clinical Simulation Centre. 


'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham