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Mannequin patients set to transform nurse education in Thailand

A delegation from Thailand’s government has visited Northumbria University to see how it is using simulated patient mannequins to educate its nurses.

Almost 80 nurse educators from colleges across Thailand are spending two weeks at Northumbria learning how to use SIM patients of adults, children and infants.

On their return home, they will share the knowledge they have gained with their own nursing students and nurse educators.

Professor Kath McCourt, executive dean for Northumbria’s health and life sciences programmes, said: “We already undertake significant partnership work in South East Asia and previously we have welcomed healthcare professionals from Norway and Finland, as well as this large cohort from Thailand.

She added: “We frequently work with leading healthcare organisations worldwide to help them to develop the skills of their own staff. The visit by representatives from the Thai Ministry of Public Health is further recognition of our high quality provision.”

Viliporn Runkawatt, a student from Nakhon-Ratchasima in north east Thailand, said: “My college has 600 nursing students and one SIM model so this will be a great help for us. I’ve enjoyed the teaching very much and have had big support from the lecturers.”

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  • Back in the day our nurse training school called her Mrs Bedworth and she was used for alsorts of stuff before we were let loose on real patients

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