Thanks to our new clinical simulation suite and the introduction of complex computerised manikins, a similar type of education to that given to pilots can now be offered to health professionals training at the University of Bolton. The computerised manikin acts as a patient simulator that can be programmed to challenge and test health professionals’ knowledge and skills. The manikin senses treatments that are given to it and reacts accordingly. Alongside this, the supervising academic team can change how the manikin responds in light of other interventions provided by attending students.
The ability to simulate the challenges that health professionals will face in the real world means that the education that is provided by us at Bolton goes far beyond the simple acquisition of clinical knowledge and skills. Thanks to the deployment of clinical simulation in our curriculum, students who graduate from Bolton are not only knowledgeable and skilful but also have a strong insight into how and when to use their clinical knowledge and skills. Traditionally this level of decision-making ability could only be derived from experience. Now, thanks to the ability to simulate a wide range of complex clinical scenarios, this sort of tacit knowledge about when and how to use skills can be learned much sooner than would have otherwise been the case.