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Chief Nurse opens new simulation suite

The Chief Nurse for England, Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt officially opened the new nursing simulation suite at Solent University on Friday 3rd May.

Speaking at the event, Lisa Bayliss-Pratt said: “I’m really excited by the simulation suite because patient safety has to come first. We should deliver a lot more of our education and training in a formative, simulated way so that when we do engage with patients and people within communities, we are properly prepared, we know where our competencies lie and we can deliver safe and effective care.”

Complementing the environment at the University, she said: “The fundamentals that you’ve demonstrated to me today, providing a warm and friendly welcome and having a really nice environment that makes people feel comfortable, shows me that you are off to a fantastic start within nursing and health careers here at Solent. Continue to have that front door focus in making people feel warm and creating the right environment and success will be yours.”

Part of the University’s £100 million campus improvement plan, the new facility includes a six-bed nursing simulation ward, care home and doctor’s surgery. It gives nursing students and apprentices the opportunity to develop and refine their clinical skills and support with developing knowledge of physiological and pharmacology.

The new suite supports the development of the University’s growing portfolio of nursing degrees and apprenticeships.

During his welcome, Solent University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin said: “It’s great to see this area grow at Solent - from the original FdSc in Health and Social care to the introduction of our nursing associate degree apprenticeships, apprenticeships, a BSc in Adult Nursing, and a mental health nursing course in the very near future. At some point in our lives we will all come into contact with the nursing profession, which highlights its important for society, the university and us as individuals.

“Here at Solent, we want to play our part in producing the nurses of the future and making sure that we can continue with the fantastic success that is the NHS.”

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