Clinical Skills Centre

Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre is located within the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare. The Centre boasts state of the art facilities to assist in delivery of clinical teaching and becomes a hub for medical students of all years in their undergraduate training. From Year one students are encouraged to rehearse their clinical skills in a safe environment prior to putting the acquired knowledge and skills into practice on real patients in clinical areas.

The Centre is equipped with the latest technology and medical simulation modalities to assist in teaching of undergraduate students in their chosen clinical studies. To complement traditional teaching methods students can use simulators to practise and hone skills such as auscultation and examination of respiratory and cardiac systems, as well as having communication/patient history taking sessions videoed through SMOTS recording system with subsequent tutor feedback.

Additionally the Centre has a fully equipped simulation suite where students are able to manage a whole range of clinical scenarios on a variety of mid and high-fidelity patient simulators. Additionally, the simulated ward area allows students and junior doctors to experience and practise skills required for managing multiple patients as they would in clinical settings but in a safe environment.

Whilst the Clinical Skills Centre is busy providing teaching for healthcare professionals throughout the academic year, students are able and indeed encouraged to book rooms for self-directed study and revision. There is a dedicated room for students to “drop in” and practise their skills, which is set up with many of the part task trainers and equipment used during initial teaching.

Though predominantly utilised for undergraduate healthcare teaching the Centre also plays a large part in providing postgraduate education within the North East Teaching Deanery as well as hosting professional examinations for Royal Colleges of both Physicians and Surgeons.