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New clinical skills laboratory for staff training opens at Salisbury District Hospital 

A new Clinical Skills Laboratory has opened giving staff at all levels at Salisbury District Hospital a realistic ward-like environment where they can learn new techniques and procedures together in a multi professional setting.


Sisters Lorraine Goodsell (left) and Gill Payne from the Critical Care Outreach Team with medical student Katherine Forsdick carrying out observations and checks on the manikin.

The manikin is linked to a computer programme package. There are around 35 simulated procedures now available through the models. This makes the set up ideal for staff to learn and practice advanced skills and techniques.


The area will also provide a dedicated area for lectures and information sessions, so that staff have the theoretical information that they need to support their practical work.

Up until now, professional 'off ward' training for junior doctors, nurses, student nurses, health care support workers, therapists, midwives and other health professionals took place in several areas across the hospital site with few opportunities to train together.

With new improved facilities and more opportunities to expand education within the hospital, the Trust is now also able provide both practical and theoretical student nurse training on-site under authorisation from the course provider at Bournemouth University. This helps students from this area who would normally have to travel to Bournemouth to do the theoretical part of their course.

Lindsey Bellringer, Practice Educator, said: "We aim to provide the highest standards of care and treatment and, to do this, we must provide formal teaching in a simulated clinical environment, as well as maintaining our current work in providing a range of supervised training opportunities on wards and in units."

Mrs Bellringer added: "All our patients receive their care and treatment from a team of health professionals, yet up until now much of their training will have taken place within their individual groups. This area will enable staff groups including new and experienced staff, support workers and learners from all health care professions to learn together. This increases the understanding of each other's roles and ensures that the approach taken in training matches the way in which we care for patients in teams at ward level." Ends

Notes to editors:

Photo opportunity

Reporters and photographers are invited to come along to see the new clinical skills laboratory at 12 noon on Friday, December 8 on Level 5, Salisbury District Hospital. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).

For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.Tel: 01722 425170

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:05 
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