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Published: 07 August 2017

Simulated hospital environment supports healthcare workforce training

Nursing students can practise vital clinical skills in our pioneering Simulation Suite.

Home to an innovative Simulation Suite, Surrey is leading the way in providing first-class healthcare training. We recognise the importance of ‘learning by doing’ and have built simulations in to all of our health sciences programmes, offering our students unique opportunities to practise patient care and develop their vital clinical skills.

The Simulation Suite is designed to recreate real medical scenarios in a replicated hospital environment, where students can learn by fully immersing themselves into their future roles. Nursing students ‘treat’ trained actors and high-fidelity patient simulators, with the guidance of experienced teaching and technician staff. In this supportive learning environment mistakes can be safely made, discussed and learned from.

The Simulation Suite contains the most up-to-date healthcare equipment and features two large modern simulated hospital wards, an Intensive Care Unit, an Operating Theatre and resuscitation training simulators with a state-of-the-art feedback system. This creates a fully immersive experience that prepares our healthcare students to take on the responsibilities of their chosen profession.

The Sim Suite is modern and I like how the tutors arrange for actors to come in and act just like patients – it makes it feel so real.

Lauren Silvester, BSc Adult Nursing


Dr Melaine Coward
, Head of School of Health Sciences, said: “The students that we select to undertake their professional education in the School of Health Sciences at Surrey are of the highest calibre. Our simulated learning opportunities demonstrate to me that they are the right people for our future healthcare workforce, who demonstrate care, compassion and thoughtfulness in all they do. I have the pleasure of working and learning alongside them which makes me proud to be both a nurse and also the Head of School.”

Our nursing and midwifery programmes are ranked second by the Complete University Guide 2018, top five by the Guardian University Guide 2017 and top 10 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Learn more about our degrees in the field of health sciences, nursing and midwifery, including our Adult NursingChildren's Nursing and Mental Health Nursing degrees and read first-hand accounts from our annual simulation event.