Simulation learning

You’ll use simulation learning to put theory into practice, using your clinical skills on actors and lifelike manikins, to get a taste of scenarios you may face during your placements – and when you’re fully qualified.

Practise your skills

Simulation is a teaching method that links what you’ll learn in the classroom to a variety of hands-on clinical situations. You’ll regularly be taught in our Clinical Simulation Centre, where you’ll practise delivering holistic care to your patients in a controlled environment that you can safely make mistakes in. You’ll also face challenging situations to prepare you for your clinical placements.

Using simulation, you’ll explore and develop modern healthcare values, including communication and bedside manner. You’ll practise and embrace the #hellomynameis approach, designed to get you to introduce yourself to your patients and to build a rapport with them from day one.

After each simulation session, we’ll give you comprehensive feedback, so you can identify the skills you’ve used and relate this to the theory elements of your course and reflect on areas of development. You’ll also get the opportunity to go over any techniques you feel less confident with in our drop-in sessions.

Technical staff

Our team of technicians are the backstage crew, preparing realistic scenarios for you to tackle. From applying fake wounds to actors, pretending to be switchboard operators, making tannoy announcements and stepping in as porters to move patients, they’ll create an authentic clinical environment for you to practise in.

Switchboard and radios

Throughout our facilities, you’ll find an integrated telephone network that emulates a hospital switchboard. You’ll use this to practise emergency scenarios, multi-room communication and handover techniques, liaising with other healthcare professionals to provide care for your patients.

If you’re a paramedic student, you’ll also use personal radios to communicate with colleagues on the move.


We use camera systems to monitor your interactions in simulation classes, using specialist software (known as smots) to record these. You’ll get to view footage as it’s streaming and look at this after you’ve completed a scenario, getting feedback on your communication skills and clinical techniques. You can also access this footage later, alongside detailed notes on your interactions.


We use simulation to assess your learning over time and for your Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), which evaluate your clinical techniques. These are mapped against the criteria used by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).