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Simulation Based Medical Education in the North East 

The North East Simulation Network facilities have been increasing in size over the last few years.

SIM-NE (Simulation Centre North East) based at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital and the Clinical Skills Centre at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are our most established Hospital based facilities. Both have been providing outstanding faculty training opportunities and developed, what are now, established regional courses across a multitude of specialities.

The Northumbria University Clinical Skills Centre, located at Coach Lane campus has been established for over ten years, not only providing state of the art training following an update in hi fidelity technology in 2014 to their own students but also working collaboratively with School of Paediatrics, School of Acute Specialities and School of Psychiatry. More recently Northumbria University has been a centre for Faculty development within the School of Paediatric and Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.

University Hospital North Tees & Hartlepool Foundation Trust opened its Simulation Centre in 2013 and a dedicated Surgical Simulation Wet Lab in 2014. The facilities play host to multiple regional and in house courses across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The Trust has opened a Community Simulation Suite and is involved with training of community antibiotic pathways via long term venous lines. Most recently the simulation team has been working with BASICS Ambulance North East focusing on training in the prehospital environment.

The University of Teesside unveiled its state of the art simulations facilities in 2015. The Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre and Paramedic Suite serves the whole of the North East and is associated with satellite centres at James Cook University Hospital and Newcastle Hospitals. The state-of-the-art ultrasound simulation suite will serve the current and projected training needs of radiologists, sonographers and doctors who have ultrasound skills as part of their curriculum. The training suite also has a role in meeting growing demand to train midwives in obstetric ultrasound, paramedics in emergency ultrasound, physiotherapists in musculoskeletal ultrasound as well as ultrasound guided joint injections and podiatrists in ankle and foot ultrasound.

The future is looking bright for simulation in the North East with the upcoming opening of four new facilities:

September 2016

  • Clinical Simulation Centre – Bishop Auckland Hospital, County Durham & Darlington Foundation Trust
  • Simulation Suite – Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, South Tees Foundation Trust
  • DASH (Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub) – Wansbeck General Hospital

October 2016

  • Living Lab – University of Sunderland Faculty of Health Science and Wellbeing

Future developments are already in the pipeline for James Cook University Hospital and South Tyneside NHS Foundations Trust.