Newcastle College launches unique Health and Care Simulation Centre

Newcastle College launches unique Health and Care Simulation Centre

Posted On 28th November 2012 By Susan Ambrosi

Newcastle College’s Health and Care Simulation Centre was officially opened today by Sir Leonard Fenwick CBE, Chief Executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The facility is the first of its kind in the North East and is designed to meet the specific training needs of the health and care sectors and transform the teaching and training of employees across the region. It is the only centre in the region which offers training in three key areas, Healthcare, Social Care and Childcare.

This keynote event will bring together employers and stakeholders from the health and care sectors to experience the centre first hand and see the benefits it will bring to organisations across the North East.

The Health and Care Simulation Centre offers a practical and safe environment in which learners and staff can train in industry standard settings, using industry standard equipment.

The resources include a five bed ward with realistic interactive dummies and hospital beds; a paediatric unit with birth simulation facilities and real care babies; an intensive care unit with defibrillator; a domiciliary care room, with fully equipped bedroom, bathroom and kitchen; sensory and communication rooms; and ‘Little Acorns’, a Children’s Development unit.

Sir Leonard said, ‘’This event will showcase to the region’s employers how they can access a much needed training facility that will help them to train, recruit and retain highly skilled health and care workers. I am delighted to be invited to attend the official launch event’’.

Barbara King, Director of Health & Enterprise at Newcastle College, said, ‘’This unique centre provides health and care sector staff with high quality professional development opportunities. We can help employers recruit a skilled workforce, equipped with the right training and skills from the outset through our fully-funded pre-employment training programme, or offer bespoke programmes to update staff. We even have a mobile simulation team that can transport simulators to employers’ premises for in-situ training’’.

The Health and Care Simulation Centre is a multi-partner, cross regional collaboration between Newcastle College, major employers, local authorities, Sector Skills Councils and strategic stakeholders within the sector.

Barbara continued, ‘’As one of the largest and best performing colleges in the UK, we are proud to launch this important facility for the region’’.

Delegates from the health and care sectors were given the opportunity to tour the facilities and network with fellow sector professionals. More information about the Health and Care Simulation Centre and benefits to health and care sector organisations can be found at