Meet Susie, the latest addition to hospital’s simulation suite

resuscitation manager Syd Pinkney performing a cannulation on Susie
resuscitation manager Syd Pinkney performing a cannulation on Susie

Meet Susie – the newest member of the family in a health trust’s state-of-the-art simulation suite.

A new addition to the training facilities has been unveiled by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Dozens and dozens of trainee doctors, newly qualified nurses and other staff have been to the sessions we hold. We can provide a very realistic setting for people to learn in and prepare staff for the real thing

Syd Pinkney, resuscitation manager

Susie is a simulation model who will be used to help train nurses who want to work in the community.

She has joined the rest of a simulation family consisting of an adult man, a sim-baby, a pregnant woman, a five-year-old child and two babies, a full term and a premature baby.

Resuscitation manager Syd Pinkney, who manages the simulation suite, told of the difference that Susie would make to the training.

He said: “Susie offers something different to the other sims and will add to the training we are able to do.

“Unlike the others, Susie can be moved about.

“We can have her sat down, lying down or even standing up. This makes her ideal for the training of community nurses because we can almost recreate that situation when a patient is treated in their own home by a nurse.”

The unit is continuing to add to its facilities, said Syd. “Since the suite opened it has continued to develop and we have been adding more and more things to it.”

He said it had been “instrumental in the training of undergraduate education, foundation programme doctors, nurse preceptorship and qualified nursing and medical staff.

“Dozens and dozens of trainee doctors, newly qualified nurses and other staff have been to the sessions we hold. We can provide a very realistic setting for people to learn in and prepare staff for the real thing.”

The simulation models are operated from a remote laptop in an adjoining room. They can mimic medical problems and can respond to treatments or drugs.

Syd added: “We can provide this training in a controlled environment where we can build people’s experience and confidence in dealing with difficult situations, which will ultimately benefit patients.”

The simulation suite is based at the University Hospital of North Tees, and it allows clinical staff from across the trust to learn by creating specific scenarios in a safe environment.