A state-of-the-art Simulation Suite was opened today, Thursday, July 11 by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust after a total refurbishment.

One of only a few facilities in the country, the suite provides clinical staff with space to learn new techniques and practice existing ones.

Using leading-edge audio and visual technology, the suite provides an immersive training experience, for  hospital staff “to train and practice different clinical scenarios under real-life conditions, in a completely safe environment.

The Suite also contains a viewing gallery for staff not actively participating in the training to learn from the demonstration, and a debriefing room with a video screen for staff to watch recordings of their training to discuss and learn more.

Staff can test their skills on a selection of life-like manikins. Each manikin represents a different life-stage of patients, from infancy to old-age, for age-specific training, such as new-born resuscitation. The manikins can sweat, cry and even blink!

With the new and improved facilities, the hospital will host regional training events for other hospitals and allied health providers locally.

Funding for the Simulation Suite refurbishment was provided by Health Education England.

Claire Levi, Clinical Simulation Lead, said: “The mission of the Trust is to provide outstanding care and to do this we must ensure our staff are properly trained. This new suite allows the Trust to provide high-quality, formal training in a simulated clinical environment and at the point of care.”

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