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EM3 supports Virtual Reality technology to train students in essential health and social care

Last updated 28 September 2023
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Care Skills Centre

Students and healthcare professionals are benefiting from using the latest high-tech immersive technology to learn how to handle real-life health emergencies, thanks to an investment by EM3.

The new industry-standard facilities at Care Skills Training Centre at Guildford College, designed in partnership with Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England and Skills for Care, are due for a formal opening in November

As well as students studying health, social care and public services courses, nursing professionals from Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders NHS Trust also train at the centre.

EM3 originally identified the need to support the training of additional health and social care workers to fill employment and skills gaps pre-COVID-19. As a result, Activate Learning was awarded £500,000 by EM3 for the centre which includes a simulated hospital ward, a flat for practising care in the home and a high-tech 360-degree immersive environment projecting a range of real-life scenarios from being in an operating theatre to understanding the anatomy of the human body.



We are really excited that we are able to have worked with our employer partners to create this new learning environment which will provide enhanced learning experiences for students and nurses. Rather a practising CPR on a dummy in a carpeted, quiet room, new technology will enable students to practise life-saving skills in simulated scenarios, from the scene of road traffic accidents to a noisy bustling disco

Peter Reynolds , Director of Career Pathways, Activate Learning Academic and Professional Studies faculty

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