University of West London opens new high-tech simulation centre at its Reading campus

A group stands around a bed with a mannequin in it

A brand new nursing simulation centre at the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare in Reading, which is part of the University of West London (UWL), was officially opened this week.  

The state-of-the-art centre is equipped with the latest technology and learning aids and is part of an on-going major investment programme by the University in its social, learning and teaching facilities in Berkshire.

The College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare is a major provider of nursing and midwifery courses in the Berkshire area working in close collaboration with healthcare providers including  Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, representatives of which attended the opening ceremony.

Opening the new simulation centre, Vice Chancellor and CEO of UWL, Professor Peter John said ‘I am delighted and immensely proud to open this spectacular facility today.  I have no doubt it will further enhance the quality and level of training given to our students and help them become excellent practitioners which is our ultimate aim.

‘The major investment in our Reading campus is also testament to our commitment to Berkshire and our desire to provide people with the opportunity to learn and work in their local area and community.’

The new Simulation Centre has mannequins that mimic real life healthcare scenarios in order that student nurses and midwives can learn vital skills in environments that replicate hospital and healthcare settings. Guests at the opening ceremony were given a flavour of what can be achieved with a demonstration of a variety of simulated activities.

UWL’s College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare is the top ranking School in London for overall satisfaction among students. It is ranked fifth in England and ninth in the United Kingdom.  From next year, it will provide training for a new NHS nursing role, called Nursing Associate.  Thirty eight students will train for the role at the college in Reading.

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