New simulation suite to improve health care

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A health trust has unveiled the latest addition to its expanding simulation suite.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has opened up a new room for the training of its district nurses who visit patients at their homes. It replicates a patient’s living room and contains a mannequin of a male sim patient.

This room is an ideal setting for them to practice different scenarios when they go on a patient visit, in a controlled environment

Syd Pinkney, resuscitation manager at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Resuscitation manager Syd Pinkney, who runs training sessions for staff, said: “Our community staff work across the area visiting patients at their homes – they don’t work on the wards. This room is an ideal setting for them to practice different scenarios when they go on a patient visit, in a controlled environment.”

The trust already has a simulation room for trainee doctors and newly qualified nurses as well as other staff. The suite contains a whole family of simulation models who are controlled remotely from a laptop by a team in an environment which resembles a hospital ward.

The mannequins can talk, breathe and exhibit a range of vital signs which makes the training situation as close to reality as possible.

Syd said: “It’s all about patient safety and we’re delighted that we can offer this leading edge training, to improve people’s skills and make them more confident to deal with difficult situations and ultimately benefit patients. Not every NHS trust has a simulation suite so we feel very fortunate to be able to offer this in-house training for staff.”