A set of hi-tech simulation suites for training the next generation of nurses, midwives and counsellors is being officially opened today at the University of Salford.
The £1.7m training suites come complete with everything from oxygen delivery ports to nurse call buttons and bed lights.
“These ground-breaking facilities will provide a real benefit for the area”
All equipment and furniture has been purchased from NHS suppliers, with even the corridors linking the rooms designed to recreate a hospital – rather than an academic – environment.
The newly-developed suites also contain realistic human patient simulators, which can be operated by specialist technicians in an adjoining control room, said the university.
Another suite of rooms designed to look like a maternity unit features a set of simulators representing birthing women and new born babies. It also includes a pool where home-based water births can be simulated, while other areas represent postnatal and neonatal units.
In addition, a special counselling suite has been designed in softer colours and will be used for training students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists.
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Brian Boag, interim dean of the university’s School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, said: “We are the biggest training provider of nurses and midwives in the North West and these ground-breaking facilities will provide a real benefit for the area.
“Everything from light fittings to bedsheets has been designed to recreate a real-world hospital environment, so our students are as experienced as they can possibly be before they even go out to work on placements,” he said.
“Counselling is also an essential – and sadly overlooked – means of improving people’s lives and our new training suite will not only enable our students to get high quality experience as they learn these important skills, but will be used to provide a much-needed facility for local charities who want to help members of the Salford community,” he added.