A NEW state-of-the-art simulation centre has been unveiled at the University of Worcester to continue to produce top-of-the-class nurses and healthcare students.

The centre, based at the former school building on the edge of the university’s St John’s campus, was opened by managing director of health education for the West Midlands, Professor Janice Stevens. Prof Stevens said the development was a world away from her own training.

“I’ve been around the NHS for a long time, and simulation has certainly moved on from when I did my training,” she said.

“In my experience, the vast majority of nurses are doing a sterling job in what are turbulent times. However, it is so important that we give them the chance to practise in a protected, safe environment such as this, and allow them to find their feet and build their confidence.

“This is a really great development, and I am privileged to have been asked to open it. It’s fantastic that the University of Worcester is choosing to invest in the quality training of future health professionals.” The centre was designed with state-of-the-art equipment and recording facilities to give students, staff and other clinical practitioners the use of the latest simulation techniques and technologies. The centre was opened following the development of the Mobile Laboratory, which was designed to deliver the same high level of university clinical training to rural, community nurses.

The university was shortlisted earlier this year for Nurse Education Provider of the Year after building their reputation and receiving 100 per cent satisifaction surveys from students.