New Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre for The Royal Oldham Hospital

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New Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre for The Royal Oldham Hospital
01 December 2016

CONSTRUCTION has officially commenced on a new £600,000 state of the art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre built in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital that will open for use in February 2017.

This exciting project to enhance clinical training will help equip doctors, nurses, midwives and other clinical staff with the skills to provide quality driven, responsible and compassionate care to every patient both in hospital and out in the community.

The new Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre has been designed by DMWR Architects and was developed by the Simulation and Clinical Skills Team at the Trust working in partnership with the Trust Estates Department to enhance the training and support already on offer.

In order to help fund this project the Learning and Organisational Development (L&OD) Team successfully bid and secured funds from The Dinwoodie Charity with some additional funding coming from Health Education England.

Once open, the new centre will include a two bay simulation ward, a one bay simulated acute setting, a large clinical skills room and two clinical training rooms. This wide variety of clinical settings means that all healthcare professionals, from all disciplines, will have the opportunity to access hands on training in an environment that reflects their clinical practice. 

The centre will include a wide range of manikins, but in particular we are hoping to purchase a birthing simulator which will mean we can help support our maternity services with relevant training packages. 

Katherine Robertson, L&OD Project Manager for the Enhancement of Simulation at the Trust said:

“I’m thrilled that the construction of a new Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre at The Royal Oldham Hospital has become reality, bringing us one step closer to being able to offer high quality simulation training to more staff, which has been proven to improve patient experience and outcomes. My sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported this project, especially the generosity of the Dinwoodie Charitable Trust which made this project a reality.”

Richard Arkle, Chairman of the Dinwoodie Charitable Company said:

“We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to this project to enable the enhancement of the skills of the medical staff in this state of the art training facility at this important hospital.”

Pictured: Design drawing of the first floor of the new building