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Clinical Skills Centre – Northumbria University

The Clinical Skills Centre at Northumbria University has been established for over ten years and through a continued commitment to create and maintain a state of the art centre for clinical skills training and simulation based education it offers a wide range of contemporary learning environments for all healthcare practitioners.

These comprise of three flexible simulation suites, each with their own control and observation room, together with a number of specialist rooms that all have full audio visual support. These rooms include a six bedded ward, a peri-operative and anaesthetic suite, a community room, a large lecture theatre and a range of flexible clinical skills/classrooms. In addition the extensive range of part task trainers, manikins and patient simulators enable a range of clinical contexts to be simulated thus capturing the breadth of clinical practice.

Further information is available on the website.

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Centre Contact Details

Contact Name: Alan Platt
Contact Position: Teaching Fellow - Principal Lecturer
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 0191 2156677

Centre Address

Coach Lane Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Clinical Skills Simulation Centre – QE Gateshead

The Clinical Skills Centre at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has recently undergone significant modernisation to accommodate the increase in demand for simulation training in the healthcare environment.

The centre focuses upon multi-professional clinical education. The state of the art facility includes a three-bedded ward area and a fully equipped simulation room with attached operator/observation room.

For further information about courses at the QE visit the website.

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Centre Contact Details

Contact Phone: 0191 445 3773

Centre Address

Clinical Skills Centre
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Sheriff Hill
Tyne and Wear

Sim Centre North Tees

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have invested in a purpose built simulation suite which opened in September 2013, within the Education and Organisation Development Department.

The Trust has a variety of manikins, including paediatric, adult and maternity simulators. Facilities also include a Laparoscopic Suite with wet lab facilities and a simulation community suite.

Centre Contact Details

Contact Name: Alyson Robinson

Centre Address

Simulation Centre
University Hospital of North Tees
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8PE

Simulation Centre @ Newcastle Hospitals Trust

Centre Contact Details

Contact Position: Jan Charlton
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 0191 2829225

Centre Address

Simulation Centre

Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences Clinical Simulation Unit

The Clinical Simulation Unit at Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences exists as one of the most advanced training centres in the country, providing a training environment for dental and dental care professional students at all levels. Increasingly the unit is also being used for postgraduate training and continued professional development initiatives.

The unit comprises 52 satellite ADEC dental simulators with a central demonstration unit. Users are able to view demonstrations by video link, and this functionality is complemented with a microscope camera, document camera and PC link. The skills lab also contains a digital radiography unit, ultraviolet units for teaching and assessing handwashing, and a seminar room for small group teaching. 6 operating microscopes are also fitted for dedicated practicals or as an adjunct to other simulation work.

Each unit is capable of being fitted with natural, plastic or advanced simulation teeth within customised jaws. Students are able to use a full range of instruments to simulate operative care.

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Centre Contact Details

Contact Phone: 0191 208 7862

Centre Address

Level 7

School of Dental Sciences, Framlington Place, NE2 4BW

Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub

Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub at Northumbria NHSTrust Opened in September 2016, DASH is a modern and unique centre based in a hospital setting. DASH provides a simulated environment for teams and individuals to learn, develop and be assessed in delivering high quality, safe and effective patient care. It is available for all health care professionals to utilise for clinical skills and simulation based education. Dash has two 5 bedded wards with SMOTS ceiling cameras and mobile cameras; two individual control rooms, and a variety of flexible teaching spaces for different sized groups, most have laptops and plasma /projector screens in the room. DASH also has a wet room for animal tissue preparation for clinical skills training. We have a wide selection of Part task trainers, manikins and clinical props to make scenarios as realistic as possible. Dash has a full time manager and a full time Simulation Technician to help facilitate and make courses run smoothly.

Centre Contact Details

Contact Name: Nicola Jenkins; John Stratford
Contact Position: DASH centre Manager; DASH Simulation Technician
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 01670 529730

Centre Address

DASH (Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub)

Wansbeck General Hospital,

Woodhorn Lane


NE63 9JJ

Clinical Simulation at Teesside University

The School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University have been committed to clinical simulation as part of pre-registration education for decades. The school currently offers a wide range of simulated environments suitable for a wide range of healthcare practice.

These facilities include a number of flexible simulation suites with their own control and observation rooms. These are augmented by specialist rooms, such as radiography, ultrasound, operating theatre, anaesthetics, birthing suite, dental, ambulance, and paediatric ward. Users and tutors are able to capture and replay all activity with flexible audio/visual systems in all rooms (SMOTS). This includes microscopes in dental.

Patient proxies available for deployment in these spaces includes ultrasound and x-ray phantoms, dental heads, computer controlled manikins (Laerdal, Gaumard), physical IV injection arms, photo-realistic trauma manikins. Specialist equipment for simulation activities includes ultrasound machines, general x-ray equipment, mobile image intensifiers, ECG, defibrillators, infusion pumps, anaesthetic machines, hospital beds, stretchers and trolleys of multiple types. Surgical instruments and the normal clinical consumables such as syringes, catheters, cannulas, etc are also available.

There are a number of computer simulations used extensively in the curriculum. These include x-ray photon transport simulations, and haptic computer models of ultrasound transmission and reflection. Teesside University Picture Archive and Communication System (TUPACS) provides realistic imaging in simulation activities, with over 800,000 pseudonymised clinical images all linked with diagnosis.

The school is also home to lecture theatres, classrooms, tutorial rooms, IT suites, open seating areas and a café.

Simulation activities are planned and delivered by professionally accredited healthcare practitioners with teaching qualifications and supported by a team of technical staff dedicated to set up and maintenance of the patient proxies and equipment.

Centre Contact Details

Contact Phone: 01642 384175

Centre Address

Room H2.19

Centuria Building

Teesside University