The University of Salford has become the first higher education institution to gain regional accreditation for simulation education in their replica hospital wards and community care facilities.
North West Simulation Education Network, an organisation funded by Health Education North West, has accredited the university’s simulation suite as a centre of teaching excellence.
NHS trusts in the region have achieved this accreditation from network, but the University of Salford is the first higher education institution to be recognised.
The full simulation suite consists of several clinical ward areas, two replica hospital wards with control rooms and a mocked up small flat.
“We are all thrilled and honoured to receive this accreditation”
The replica wards come with mannequins that students can use to practise a number of complex procedures on them, including putting in a chest drain, a catheter and attaching them to a ventilator.
The university was also recently granted funding from Health Education North West to purchase a mannequin that can simulate giving birth.
Amanda Miller, Salford’s lead for clinical simulation development and innovation, said the accreditation meant courses were recognised as the “gold standard in simulation education”.
“Initially the students can be a bit sceptical about the wards because, after all, we are still on the university campus,” said Ms Miller.
“However, we have created an environment that replicates a real hospital environment by ensuring the wards look sound and feel like the real thing,” she said.
Professor Maggie Pearson, executive dean of the university’s college of health and social care, added: “To be the first university to achieve this accreditation is a great achievement.”