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Inter-professional Simulation Centre

Inter-professional Simulation Centre

The project: Inter-professional Simulation Centre

The challenge: They say practice makes perfect, but in the real world of health and social care you don’t get that luxury. Patient and client care needs to be right first time: it can be a matter of life and death.

The purpose: To maximise learning opportunities while increasing patient safety and person-centred care. To achieve this the centre enables health and social care professionals, as well as students to work as teams, experiencing realistic scenarios and become familiar with different pieces of medical and monitoring equipment, all while in a risk free environment.

Simulation is a safe technique which provides a positive learning experience for students to refine their patient management skills focussing on communication, leadership and interdisciplinary working.

The people and partners: Glasgow Caledonian University, Scottish Ambulance Service-Scottish Ambulance Academy, Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board plus health and social care students and professionals.

The outcomes: The School of Health & Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University is playing the lead role in the Glasgow region by providing state-of-the-art health and social care education using dynamic teaching tools. This has been achieved through substantial investment of approximately £1 million as part of a much larger investment across the school in support of science learning, teaching and research. These funds have enabled the development of the 1300m2 Inter-professional Simulation Centre that utilises a wide range of immersive clinical scenarios, equipment and environments. This ensures realistic risk-free hands-on education to assure best practices and techniques are employed.

The facilities include hospital ward environments, including the only simulated children’s ward in Scotland, an intensive care suite, an emergency room/recovery room, an operating theatre, an outpatient clinic and a radiotherapy planning suite. Also in the centre are state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasound training equipment, adult and child mannequins, procedural or task trainers and surgical simulators.

As we know not all health and social care takes place in hospitals and clinics so these facilities are augmented with three ‘home’ environments; a bedsit, an adapted living space and a nursing home environment. The whole centre is supported with high specification digital audio-visual recorders that can monitor proceedings in real time. Students can reinforce and deepen their learning by reviewing these recordings during debriefing sessions, evaluating skills and communication methods.

The Centre also provides consultation services for research, testing and developing new health and social care procedures, assessment techniques, curriculum development, and technology development and has been used as a film set for a variety of media productions.

The impact: The centre at GCU enables access by students and professionals in the region to the latest simulation techniques and technology in this rapidly growing field of health and social care professionals’ education. The patients of the Glasgow region are the ultimate beneficiaries of this state-of-the-art Centre.


This case study was published in June 2014.



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