UWS opens high-tech healthcare simulation centre

The Pre-Hospital Simulation Centre realistically depicts a wide range of healthcare scenarios students can expect to come across

A high-tech facility for healthcare students has opened at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

Based at the institution’s Lanarkshire campus, the Pre-Hospital Simulation Centre offers trainees realistically simulated scenarios they might expect to face in nursing, midwifery, health and social care, and paramedic science.

“The new immersive facility uses bespoke indoor and outdoor complex scenarios to provide students with the opportunity to experience working within a multidisciplinary team, and reflect and adapt their skills and decision-making,” said Julie Edgar, Dean of the School of Health and Life Sciences.

“Scenarios such as a crime scene or workplace environments can also be created to support our forensic science, occupational safety and health and safety students. High fidelity simulation is an important part of the learning experience, as it helps close the gap between theory and practical application.”

Opened in 2018, the 85,000 m² Lanarkshire campus is the high-tech arm of UWS, with the new centre’s neighbours including Scotland’s highest specification environmental chamber.

The centre is part of a growing number of state-of-the-art healthcare teaching facilities in the country. July 2022 should see construction completed on the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences in the city’s burgeoning BioQuarter.

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