Simulation based learning of skills for students are embedded in the School of Health and Social Cares students learning experience. It gives them an opportunity to practice new techniques in a safe environment, using simulation models and takes place in clinical skills laboratories. In previous student evaluations the opportunity to safely practice skills has been positively evaluated. However it was recognised that the environment that they have taken place within has been unlike their ‘real world’ place of work (Prosser, Trigwell 1999).
Midwifery practice takes place in a variety of settings and one of the primary locations is the community. The Crime Scene House at Teesside University, includes areas such as a studio flat, a two bedroomed house, a shop and a public bar. The students have an opportunity to have a simulatory learning experience that has a high fidelity setting, which then adds realism, and opportunity to debrief in the onsite classroom.
Inter-professional learning with Paramedic Science Lecturers leads students to explore their roles as part of a multifaceted team, where challenges and opportunities can be simulated in relation to being first on the scene.
This is the second year of incorporating this learning environment and it is ever evolving, with use of the vehicle laboratory to simulate unexpected birth in the hospital car park.
Providing a learning environment for students to engage in recognises that students have individual learning approaches and by offering different environments to learn, enables the student to undertake a deeper approach to learning (Biggs, Tang 2007).
"Yes, it (skills in the House) offered me opportunity to further my learning; I could understand what equipment you had, who to call, the importance of times, record keeping and difficulty of doing everything with the limited amount of hands/people to help’ (3rd Year Student Midwife, April 2013).
Biggs J, Tang C. (2007) Teaching for Quality Learning at University. 4th Edition Maidenhead Open University Press
Prosser M, Trigwell K. (1999) Understanding Learning and Teaching Buckingham Open University Press
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