£5m ‘real-life’ medic training facility opens

University of Sunderland transforms office block to train future nurses, paramedics, psychologists and doctors

Medical students at the University of Sunderland can now get a taste of real-life emergencies, thanks to a massive £5m-plus regeneration project of a former office block into a modern facility. Featuring two mock hospital wards, assessment suites, a mock patient transfer suite, an industry-standard isolation room and more, students can learn in as close to real-life conditions as possible.

With this facility, students were recently able to take part in a simulated car crash rescue. Stacy Humphrey, a second-year nursing student, said: “This is preparing me well for going out into the working world. The simulation has been fantastic, providing an NHS environment within the university.”

Safe training facility

Shackleton House, the once 1990s office building, is now a modern facility and aims to give students a taste of real-life emergencies within the safety
of a training environment. 

It even houses a specially equipped, fully working training ambulance. Plus, inside there is a point of care area and multi-functional space with dividing walls and rooms of various sizes for a variety of uses, including objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). 

The top floor of the building now replicates a mental health ward. Here students will learn how to deliver restorative interventions to those experiencing mental distress and illness, and develop interpersonal therapeutic skills to promote recovery and positive mental wellbeing. The School of Psychology is also housed here. 

To view the simulation exercise, click here.