Project based learning opportunities for 14 year olds and upwards
Healthcare is a sector experiencing crucial skills shortages and whilst seen as an attractive career option, young people often struggle to identify and understand the range of careers available within this huge sector.
The Healthcare Simulation Suite enables delivery of scenario based practical learning, allowing students to develop not only the technical skills needed for a career in health and social care, but also the essential employment skills like teamwork, communication and problem solving, working alongside current healthcare practitioners from Yeovil District Hospital. The relationship between the College and the Hospital also provides students with real work experience opportunities.
Mannequins are used to simulate heart attacks
The Suite is used by students from level 2 to level 5 across a range of health & social care, nursing and midwifery courses. A resource particularly helpful to students are state of the art “nursing Annies” - life sized and realistically weighted mannequins which can simulate real vital signs. Using programmes operated via a simple IPad, the mannequins can be manipulated to demonstrate scenarios such as faints, high blood pressure and heart attacks. The operator can increase the patient’s breathing, heart rate and blood pressure, make them “speak” to the nursing staff to describe pain, ask and respond to questions.
Raising awareness of careers in the healthcare sector
The Healthcare Simulation Suite is not only used by Yeovil’s current students but is also used for school visits – raising awareness of careers in the sector with secondary school pupils.