During a recent visit to the Centre for Simulation and Human Factors based at Epsom Hospital (the specialist training centre for staff working in health and social care settings across the Trust), MP for Epsom and Ewell Chris Grayling officially unveiled a family of brand new training manikins worth £77,000.
The new state-of-the-art manikins include ‘mum’ Lucina, who can be used to accurately simulate the birthing process and two very realistic babies (one pre-term and one full-term). The manikins can be used to simulate a variety of clinical scenarios that allow the whole multi-professional team to work together and to manage a number of complex patient scenarios that they may encounter. Funded by the charity the Friends of Epsom and West Park Hospitals, the new maternity manikin is fully interactive and the team can remotely control the speech, breathing, blood pressure and bleeding before, during or after a simulated birth.
Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends of Epsom for their incredibly generous donation, and to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling for taking the time to officially welcome the newest members of our Simulation Centre family. These new manikins will help to train the next generation of doctors, midwives and nurses, and are an invaluable asset to our current teams working in our hospitals and community services. They are incredibly lifelike, and I know will allow our teams to be put through their paces in a realistic, yet safe and secure, environment.”
Lead Nurse and Deputy Lead for Simulation, Jess Wadsworth, said: “We are really proud of the training we can offer staff from all disciplines of health care (including doctors, nurses, therapists and midwives), and Lucina and the two babies will allow us to further enhance our service across maternity, paediatrics and neonatology.
“In Simulation-based education we can immerse staff in complex yet lifelike situations in order to improve team work and patient safety – whether that’s an in-depth look at how a team recognise and respond to a patient who becomes suddenly and critically unwell, or assessing how their environment, equipment or processes can help or hinder their work. With Lucina and her babies, we can now offer state-of-the-art training in all things relating to women and children’s health. We owe the Friends of Epsom and West Park Hospitals a huge thank you – we are incredibly grateful for this amazing donation."
If you would like to find out more about how you can support our hospital and community services, or offer help to one of our dedicated charities, please visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/our-charities-and-support-groups.
If you would like further information about the great work the Centre for Simulation and Human Factors are doing please contact them on 01372 735 440 or by emailing Jessica Wadsworth, Lead Nurse and Deputy Lead for Inter-professional Simulation on firstname.lastname@example.org.