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.
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,
If you haven’t started already its time to get planning for September 2019 …
For a number of years now we have run this initiative with brilliant results. Students have access to our Getting Started in HE booklet which introduces them to the likely ways of studying at university. They complete this before they arrive at First Week and then during the First Week we revisit some of the ideas and get them used to working together.
What our students say (impact):
Students say they feel more prepared as a result of the activities. They say they feel more confident to mix and make new friends. They say they feel more settled and more able to cope with the demands of academic study right from the start of their journey into Higher Education.
We run regular sessions to share this strategy through the Professional Staff Development Series and are also able to offer bespoke support to departments if you prefer that as an approach.
So for more information, help or support please contact
At this time of year with placements looming and assessment deadlines on the horizon, not to mention 1st Teaching Posts to apply for, time is of the essence.
So to support students during this potentially difficult period of time, over in Design and Technology teaching spaces are booked over the lunch period, which provides not only a few hours per week of additional contact time, but helps to create and maintain a collegiate, industrious working atmosphere.
Staff stay around after the formal contact time and are on hand to offer additional support, which also at this frantic period in the students journey is very much appreciated by the students.
What are the benefits?
This approach has proven to contribute positively to the students attendance, engagement, attainment, and also has had a positive impact on the students general feelings of well-being.
Working lunches have proven to be so popular where possible students have also been coming in early for ‘breakfast club’!
For more information about the benefits of this initiative on students well-being, engagement and attainment please contact:
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: