Later first year Level 3 Health & Social Care students practised patient observations. First they practised on each other, taking pulse rates and blood pressure readings before and after exercise to experience how the body reacts to physical exertion and how it recovers to resting rates. The students were then able to make use of the state of the art nursing “Annies”. These are 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. The college plans to build an observation booth within the Healthcare Suite so that the operator can be more remote and the student experience even more real.
The Healthcare Suite is not only used for the college’s own students but also to host school visits to raise awareness of the huge range of health and social care careers available.
Yeovil College works very closely with Yeovil District Hospital, situated very close to the college campus. This relationship has enabled the college to recruit current registered practitioners on to their teaching staff and also to use the hospital to provide real work experience to their students.
For more information about this excellent initiative please contact Elle Wintersgill on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.yeovil.ac.uk/.