Medical students visit the centre in the first month of their undergraduate training, learning some basic pinciples of the practice of medicine. They then follow a “systems based” curriculum, learning relevant technical, physical examination skills and communication/history taking. In the senior years, students spend the majority of their time in a clinical environment, but they learn additional procedural skills during further visits to the centre. The Ward Simulation Exercise in the fifth year, in which students undertake the role of the foundation doctor caring for a group of simulated patients with a qualified nurse, is an opportunity for many elements of patient care to be performed in a controlled environmnetVideo recordings are used to provide feedback.
Nursing students come to the centre throughout their three year programme. Much of their time is spent in clinical practice, but there we increasingly use simulation to prepare nurses for clinical practice. A number of innovative programmes are being developed and run by staff from the School of Nursing. Interprofessional (medical and nursing) learning takes place during immersive simulation of the deteriorating patient.
Dental students mainly come to the Centre for clinical communications training, however an award winning dental emergencies simulation session prepares them for managing resuscitation in a realistic dental context.
Postgraduate trainees in healthcare professions benefit from a range of procedural and non-technical skills training delivered both in the centre and within their clinical envirnments.
The Masters in Simulation Based Education is an inventive programme which has attracted interest and students from around the world. The programme prepares educators of varying experience to use simulation as a technology in teaching and gives the option of gaining a Certificate, Diploma or Masters Qualification.
The “Doctor in Difficulty” programme uses the centre on behalf of NHS Education Scotland. We use the Ward Simulation Exercise to assess doctors with performance problems who have been referred by their deanery.
The successful national optometry programme run in conjunction with NES prepares qualified optometrists for expanded roles. Similarly, the national pharmacy programme prepares qualified pharmacists for their role in prescribing and advanced practice in managing clinics and minor illness/injuries.