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Scenarios to test health students’ skills

The University’s simulation wards, Pharmacy department and a mock flat will be used at the School of Health and School of Applied Sciences to enable students from a variety of different backgrounds to practice their skills on actors in scenarios they could face when they qualify.
The scenarios include dealing with a 44-year-old woman who has been referred by her GP with abdominal pain; a man with learning disabilities and asthma who is suffering from severe breathlessness and administering the correct prescription to a pregnant woman.
The Simulated Learning Week is for students studying a range of courses at the School of Health and School of Applied Sciences including midwifery, child, adult and learning disabilities nursing, pharmacy and the new Physician Assistant role. The aim is to allow students to experience working with colleagues from different disciplines.
In addition to actors, the students will practice techniques on the University’s state-of-the-art SimMen and SimBabies, which are mannequins that can breathe, have a pulse and can even talk.
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Principal Lecturer for Practice and Innovation at the School of Health, said: “One of the key benefits to learning in this style is that it focuses on the way in which practitioners learn to work together for the benefit of the patient/client.
“The scenarios have been developed to be as close to real life as possible. This will be achieved through simulated actual environments in which the students will work and learn, such as a Pharmacy, someone’s home, an Accident and Emergency department, GP Surgery and a general medical/surgery ward. The aim of the scenarios is to test students’ communication, decision making and problem solving skills and their ability to work as part of a team.”
The Simulated Learning Week will take place during the week of Monday, 8 December at the Wolverhampton City Campus.
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