Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust triples advanced clinical training capacity

Opening of new simulation and clinical skills centre helps to ensure first-rate patient care within The Royal Oldham Hospital

The Royal Oldham Hospital opens a state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre to enable doctors, nurses and midwives to be trained in advanced clinical procedures

Following an increase in demand for enhanced clinical training within The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, The Royal Oldham Hospital recently opened a state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre to triple the number of doctors, nurses and midwives trained in advanced clinical procedures.

To achieve this, the hospital has installed an integrated video, audio and data networked system from Axis Communications to ensure all details during a simulation are retained.

This will ensure the local population of approximately 400,000 will receive first-rate levels of care with staff trained to high standards using the latest in audio video technology.

Adoption of technologies designed to streamline clinical training and provide insights into data that might otherwise have gone unnoticed, will be key to helping healthcare organisations ensure they are meeting best practice and providing first-class care across a whole range of specialities

Offering A&E, acute, and general surgical services, plus more-specialist services such as clinical haematology, there is a clear need for highly-skilled clinicians in multiple disciplines within the hospital.

The new centre, installed by Pure AV, is home to two simulation rooms including high-tech manikins where training procedures take place.

The variety of clinical settings provides staff access to the training they need in an environment that reflects their daily clinical practice.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust already trains 700 staff members a year within a suite at the North Manchester General Hospital. The Royal Oldham Hospital anticipates it will successfully upskill 1,400 clinicians a year, meaning close to 2,100 staff within the trust will benefit.

Katherine Robertson, learning and organisational development project manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “During the simulation debrief, all aspects of the training undertaken can be analysed in order for detailed feedback to be given to delegates, helping them to develop the skills needed to deal with the clinical challenges faced on a daily basis within a real hospital environment.

“The end-to-end Axis solution is used for recording all training carried out, as well as playback during the debriefing phase of the training. This includes the management of 21 separate feeds such as video, audio and patient data.”

The Axis solution includes four AXIS P5515 PTZ Dome Network Cameras, providing high video quality for detailed images of simulations, as well as the added benefit of zooming in on a manikin to observe medical procedures.

Installing a solution with perfect lip-syncing using high-quality video and audio, such as at The Royal Oldham Hospital, is key

The camera also features audio detection to recognise vocal interaction during a session and the solution includes a further three AXIS M5014 PTZ Dome Network Cameras, offering broad coverage so trainers observing a session have a far-reaching overview of all simulated procedures.

Audio integration is facilitated by three AXIS P8221 Network I/O Audio Modules, seamlessly plugging into the network video system.

Daren Lang, business development manager at Axis Communications, said: “It has been well documented that the NHS faces a staff and skills shortage, with the Government recently pledging an extra 1,500 medical school places each year from 2018 in England.

“Adoption of technologies designed to streamline clinical training and provide insights into data that might otherwise have gone unnoticed, will be key to helping healthcare organisations ensure they are meeting best practice and providing first-class care across a whole range of specialities.

“For example, often what a trainee says can be just as important as what they’re seen to do. Installing a solution with perfect lip-syncing using high-quality video and audio, such as at The Royal Oldham Hospital, is key.”

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