The Council of Deans of Health has responded to the announcement of new public investment in simulation infrastructure for universities educating healthcare students.
Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council, said:
“The Covid crisis has put unprecedented pressure on practice placement capacity for students. Many universities have responded by increasing student exposure to simulated experiences. The most up to date technology offers some amazing opportunities for learning but is also expensive. We appreciate the flexibility shown by professional regulators over the past year, which has allowed universities to use simulation more creatively on some courses. This new investment will go some way to helping universities provide the equipment and facilities necessary to take advantage of this flexibility.
This should be the start of continuing investment in health education. Over time sustained investment in infrastructure and staffing would allow the nation to educate more nurses, midwives and allied health professionals for the health and social care sector”.
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced up to £15m for universities to invest in simulation opportunities and technologies such as virtual reality, manikins, and computers.