High fidelity simulation: Using to technology to enhance simulation in Paramedic Practice
“The paramedic team have recently been experimenting with simulation and social media to simulate techniques that replicate ‘real-world’ activities and provides students with the opportunity to explore their own learning in a controlled environment. It can be difficult to ensure both the fidelity and the relevance of a simulation in a simulation or clinical skills.
The utilisation of technology can increase the immersion of a student in simulation. Recreation of an environment can allow the student to practice skills in a safe space with the feel of working in practice, creating an unpredictable event in a predictable environment. The use of patient monitors and mannequins that produce a life-like props that can be controlled by the academic, but interacted with by the student, can further add to this.
If you interested in using this technology or looking to explore innovation in your area please get in touch or come and see us … we are presenting our current work at the SOLSTICE Conference which is being held at Edge Hill University on 4th and 5th June 2019.
Barry Matthews and Rory Mc Kelvin are Lecturer’s in Paramedic Practice and Pre-hospital Care is based at St.James, Edge Hill University’s Manchester Campus.
Learning Services are currently working in collaboration with colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Social Care on a pre-entry module ‘Stepping Up to Edge Hill University’.
The aim of the pre-entry module, delivered via the Blackboard Open Education platform, is to support students with their transition into their academic programme at the University. The learning modules are designed to be interactive and engaging with embedded videos and quizzes.
Objectives of the module include:
Meeting the academic teams
Expectations of the department/the course
Introduction to the terminology and language of the University
What to expect during the first few weeks
Help and support available from Learning Services and other support departments
Discussion opportunities with other students on the same course
For more information about the pre-entry module contact Helen Jamieson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The proactive approach to collecting student module evaluations using tablet computers
The Faculty Business Support Team (BST) worked collaboratively with the academic staff regarding improving student completion of module evaluations. A variety of IT issues affected students being able to log on with their hand-held devices. Academic staff book the services of the BST and they take the tablets into teaching sessions to enable access to the on-line evaluation.
What is the likely impact?
Important student voices are collected and collated in order to maintain module improvement and enhance the student learning experience.
For more information please contact Victoria Kelly,
Employers from various Applied Health and Social Care field were invited to the Faculty of health to showcase their organisation and deliver a 20 to 30 minute presentation on their application process and the types of graduate skills and attributes they were looking for. Post graduate programme leads were also invited to talk about the application process for PGCE teaching, Masters in Social Work and MSc in Leadership and Management, MRES and PHD graduate teacher posts. AHSC Alumni were also invited to talk to students about job searching and applications. Current students on the Personal Career Development module were invited to attend.
Students found the session extremely valuable as it enabled them to network with graduate employers such as NSPCC, Frontline. Nutricia, Dannone and other Private and Voluntary organisation. Additionally they were able to meet the programme teams from Masters and PGCE programmes at Edge Hill. Talking first hand to graduates who had been through the application process proved extremely beneficial for CV development and interview techniques. Some students commented on how this had shaped their career plans and highlighted the skills required for this.
The incorporation of global dimensions within the programme through the successful development and promotion of overseas student exchanges
Edge Hill’s Paramedic Department and Saimaa University, Finland share best practice, specifically around clinical simulation and practical assessments. Students exchange between the departments twice a year, sharing knowledge and experience of professional clinical practice. This venture was set up very quickly and has had a direct impact on students and the local community. Future work between the institutions will involve international peer critique of working practice and evidence-based care and online live stream critique of clinical simulations.
Edge Hill’s Paramedic team has also developed a link with the University of Johannesburg and will be sending students to South Africa for the first time in 2017 to partake in a multi-agency exercise. The department has thus demonstrated the ease of setting up international partnerships. Following the collaboration with Edge Hill, some students from Saimaa University have since gained employment with the North West Ambulance Service resulting in a directly positive impact on the local community. Students have benefitted through integration of new high tech simulation facilities at St James’ in Manchester that were purchased from Finland. Simulation set up, feedback and overall management have been replicated from best working practice in Finland, further preparing students for clinical practice.
A new 3D immersive simulation suite is being installed at St James’ following a review of its impact on student learning in Finland.
An overnight scenario and team building exercise has been incorporated into the first year of the programme following work with the University of Johannesburg. Further to this, a student exchange is being developed enabling Edge Hill students the opportunity to partake in a multi-disciplinary exercise in South Africa commencing September 2017.
An increased knowledge base, and dissemination of international paramedic evidence-based practice has been embedded within the curriculum.
The student-led Midwifery Society which is supported by the Department to enrich the student learning experience
The Midwifery Society creates a recognised forum to develop an EHU community for student midwives. A Society with elected committee members promotes communication among peers and enhances a collegiate approach to sharing knowledge. In addition, a recognised forum raises the profile of the University through a series of study events and conferences at reduced/ minimal costs.
Attendance at study events/ conferences organised by the Midwifery Society has encouraged members of the Society to participate in evidence-based learning and networking opportunities. This year, the Society has organised two study events attracting national speakers at significantly reduced costs for members. Additionally, the Society has facilitated the second annual ‘mentor in practice awards’. This positive event strengthens the department’s relationship with practice placement providers.
This year, the President of the Society was a finalist for the national Student Midwife of the Year 2017 award from the Royal College of Midwives.
For further information please contact the President of the Midwifery Society by visiting:
This app, which will be piloted from September 2017, is proposed to provide support and useful information to 3rd year students whilst on placement. It will enable them to have instant access to and understand issues such as safeguarding and conflict resolution. Practical details such as travel information will also be included.
What is the likely impact?
Students will have valuable information at their fingertips, enabling them to feel more confident in the placement area.
The new placement support app which has been developed in collaboration with the Computer Science department.
Following this pilot a professional staff development workshop will be scheduled, please see the CLT website to book your place and for immediate further information please contact: