Major boost for West Midlands health education

Newly opened at the University of Wolverhampton, the £4.8m laboratory development aims to help close the skills gap in nursing

New nursing and health laboratories in the West Midlands are being hailed as a step to closing the skills gap in healthcare.

The just-opened £4.8 million facilities, at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall campus, will cater for students on courses including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and paramedic science.

“The skills gap in healthcare is well known and our investment in healthcare facilities across our campuses is part of our commitment to meeting this need,” said vice-chancellor, professor Geoff Layer.

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“There is a shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers in the UK,” continued Layer, “and we are working closely with the hospital trusts in our region to identify their needs and how we can grow our provision to meet demand.”

Technology in the new facilities includes a computerised anatomic model allowing students to see inside the human body, and a Panopto video platform enabling sessions to be filmed and played back.

In a bid to help students learn skills in caring for patients, clients and families in a wide range of settings, the development also features mock hospital ward rooms, bedsit and terraced house.

A tour of the new healthcare facilities

“Our new health labs at the Walsall Campus have been designed with the needs of our students and the professions they will enter right at the heart of our plans,” said Dr Alex Hopkins, dean of education, health and wellbeing.

“This will make a huge difference to the clinical experience our students gain while they are training with us.”

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