SUSiM utilises a variety of simulation-based education methodologies to support learners and teams to immerse, reflect and develop through real world scenarios within a one programme multiple sites philosophy.

Our vision for simulation-based education is to embed interprofessional learning throughout our suite of clinical, health, and social care programmes. Our global reputation for healthcare education leaves us best placed to grow this reputation and the use of immersive simulated educational methods into our curriculum for the benefit of our students, teachers and advancing patient, team and system safety practices through hands-on learning.

Simulation in Practice

Simulation Experience
Students using a simulation with a projection on the manikin

We work together so at Swansea we learn and train together too. Learning to work together in highly effective ways enhanced by simulation-based education methods ensures confident and proficient students and healthcare professionals who reflect in and on action and develop open communication and team behaviours.

Growing evidence shows that advanced models of simulation-based learning is of benefit for the learner, and enables us to bring together dispersed sites, expertise, and professions to advance educational experience and outcomes.

We use a hub and spoke model of delivery, enhancing our flexible and agile learning spaces and approach. Our hubs will also allow our students to further develop their skills through independent learning which complements formal teaching sessions and simultaneously supporting individual learner needs.

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Research and Innovation in Simulation

Since it’s commencement in 2021 the SUSiM programme has begun a variety of research and innovative projects.

The SUSiM teams and programmes have a strong mission to ensure a highly collaborative approach to the promotion and expansion of simulation-based learning at a local, national and international level.

Alongside our research partners we are developing partnerships, collaborations and engagement opportunities across clinical education partners, local Health Boards. Simulation professional societies and developing local community and business opportunities.

Students undertaking surgery in simulation

Building State-of-the-art Virtual Reality Training Systems and Modules

Partnered with the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the SUSiM team and a leading Welsh Virtual Reality Development Company called Rescape to answer the call to create a state-of-the-art virtual reality training system and modules to help answer Cardiff Capital Region Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) £400k innovative research project for Wales.

With internal expertise in clinical education, simulation methodologies and a VR development team working directly with Rescape as the business and development lead for the project this collaborative effort resulted in the team reaching Phase 3 of the project which is now being tested across hospital sites in Wales.

The All Wales Virtual Hospital Project

The All Wales Virtual Hospital Project is a collaborative research and innovation project Developing a virtual clinical environment for healthcare learners in Wales which aims to establish a multi-disciplinary, and cross- speciality, undergraduate and postgraduate online virtual environment (Wales’ Virtual Hospital).

Project Partners: Virtus Tech, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, South Wales Major Trauma Network, Health Education and Improvement Wales, Assistive Technology Innovation Centre (University of Wales, Trinity St David), Swansea University and Cardiff University

Computer based learning as a modality for teaching clinical teams

The SUSiM team working with Body Interact are currently working on a pilot to test and implement a computer-based simulation scenario platform amongst our IPE teams. This project will last for 12 months and aims to measure the effectiveness and engagement of this method of SBE on learners and faculty implementation considerations.