14 June 2017
The simulation suite at Southend University Hospital has now been open for just over a year. During the last 12 months the state-of-the-art suite has been used to deliver a wide range of training opportunities to staff.
The £120,000 centre is designed to look and feel like a typical
patient bay, complete with a sophisticated manikin that can be used
to stage any medical scenario for training and better
Training in the simulation suite has benefited many health
professionals. Regularcourses have been run for junior doctors and
newly qualified nurses in how to manage acutely unwell patients.
Midwives have also had study days simulating managing unwell
pregnant patients with additional medical issues.
Simulation suite training has also been delivered to the medical
students who have placements in Southend Hospital, which has helped
them develop skills in managing deteriorating patients.
Gillian Donohue, a lecturer practitioner who runs simulations
during training,said: "Operating theatres and recovery have
delivered multiprofessional courses called Post-Operative Emergency
Treatment using Simulation (POETS) where a team of doctors, nurses
and operating department practitioners work together to manage an
unwell patient. This helps improve skills and knowledge but also
develops strong and effective healthcare teams."
The newest course to take advantage of the simulation suite
facilities is the StaffNurse Acute Care Skills course (SNACS).
Fiona Sommerville, Practice Development Nurse, explained more
about the course: "SNACS has been implemented to equip newly
qualified nurses and overseas nurses with the skills to assess and
identify deteriorating patients, implement interventions to manage
and safely care for patients."
Simulation is closely linked with improvements in patient safety
which is of paramount importance in the Trust and it is really
paying dividends for Southend Hospital and its patients, making it
not just an investment in equipment but in people as well.
Gillian added: "We have the full set up here, no other hospital
in the area has it set up so close to real life practice.
Professional development is important in helping to train medical
students, trainees and overseas nurses alike. It will help attract
and retain staff. It's also something really beneficial to our
existing workforce, not only does it allow them to identify risks
and areas for improvement, it allows us to develop our staff in a
safe and controlled environment."