Simulation and Skills Centre

The Simulation & Clinical Skills (SCS) Centre of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is located in a purpose built centre on the second floor of the main hospital site. Included in the unit is a customised simulated based medical education (SBME) unit which is accredited by Health Education North West England , as a simulation education provider.  Both the simulation unit and the skills lab as a whole are available for all healthcare and allied professionals to utilise. The dedicated team within the unit are committed to simultaneously assisting individuals or teams to reach their full potential whilst at the same time meeting trusts core objectives of improving patient safety, and increasing staff proficiency and morale.

Clinical Skills

The Rolling Programme offers a collaborative learning facility where we deliver a seamless, accessible, standardized annual programme of clinical skills training. Delivered by Practice Development Nurses from all divisions, Specialist Nurses & Clinical Skills Facilitators it ensures individual and organisational requirements are addressed.
Courses on offer include:-

  • Aseptic Technique
  • Baseline Observations and Fluid Balance Recording
  • Blood Culture Training
  • Blood Gases Training
  • Catheterisation – Urinary (Male & Female)
  • Chest Drain Insertion (Seldinger) & Chest Drain Management
  • Clinical Skills Update Day
  • Fine Bore Nasogastric Tube – Insertion and Management
  • First Aid at Work – 3 day course
  • Fundamentals of Care & Enhanced Fundamental of  Care
  • Intravenous Cannulation
  • Intravenous Drug Administration
  • Massive Blood Transfusion Simulation Training
  • Human Factors & Talksafe
  • Tissue Viability
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Venepuncture, Blood Transfusion and Cannulation
  • 12 Lead ECG Recording

All the above programs can be accessed via the Trust intranet system where the key learning objectives can be viewed. A number of our customised courses are accredited by external agencies.

Individual or team with specific learning needs that are not met by the above programs should contact one of the units’ team members to discuss their exact learning requirements and we will do our best help.

Meeting Rooms

Integral within the SCS are a number of meeting rooms of various sizes. These rooms come equipped with projects and computers. Once again these rooms can be booked via the Trust system or by talking to any member of the SCS team.

Simulation Centre

This North West Simulation education Network approved centre is a state-of-the-art facility and was officially opened in July 2013. The simulation suite has 2 “mock” clinical areas, which can be transformed in a variety of clinical settings; including an operating theatre. Adjacent to the rooms are covert observation areas where the scenarios can be seen and heard by teams or individuals not actively taking part in the scenario.  This technology has brought huge advantages in realism when training and allows the development of competence with confidence, in a safe environment. We have a full range of simulation manikins from a 6 month old baby or 7 year old child to full adult life size manikins (male and female). One of the manikins is even capable of giving birth!

These manikins are all remotely controlled from a covert control room and have many features that allow total immersion into training scenarios:

  • Realistic heart, lung & bowel sounds.
  • Facility to practice clinical skills such as: catheterisation, intubation, I/V cannulation and monitoring of vital signs in real time.
  • Ability to practice patient & team communication skills, as mannequins offers a 2-way communication.
  • Capable of facilitating basic and advanced airway skills training.
  • Practice Midwifery/ Obstetric deliveries and emergencies.
  • Realistic CPR.
  • Lifelike chest movements, pulses and blood pressure sounds.

Although experienced facilitators will always be on hand to run (fly) the manikins, individuals or team are encouraged to get involved by writing scenarios and helping facilitate sessions. Clinicians who are interested in developing their educational prowess by utilising simulation are encouraged to contact the team and discuss how or when they are available. Integral to the unit is a comprehensive audio-visual (A/V) feedback system. This system allows teams and individuals to undergo debrief in a succinct and timely manner, allowing open discussions and interactions from all those involved – observers as well as participants.

Some of the manikins are controlled using wireless technologies which enables them to be moved into the clinical environment, and deliver simulation in a more naturalistic environment (In-situ Simulation). Undertaking In-situ simulation has been shown to provide valuable information on patient safety and the operational activity of wards and departments.

The unit delivers and facilitates a number of externally accredited courses and assessments including:

Safe Critically Ill Transfer Training course (SCITT) - North West Critical Care network

Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Team Life Support (MDTTLS) – Northwest Trauma Network

Medicine in Remote Areas (MIRA ) - RCS Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre Hospital Care.

As the unit is accredited by Health Education Northwest England we are also able to design and deliver bespoke courses to suit individuals or organisational needs. Individuals, organisations or firms from within or external to the Trust are encouraged to contact the unit to discuss their ideas or training needs.