Duchess opens new state-of-the-art NHS centre for training

The Duchess of Northumberland and Dr Mark Sudlow, clinical director for simulation at Northumbria Healthcare, at the official opening of the new centre. Picture by Gavin Duthie Photography

The Duchess of Northumberland and Dr Mark Sudlow, clinical director for simulation at Northumbria Healthcare, at the official opening of the new centre. Picture by Gavin Duthie Photography

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The Duchess of Northumberland officially opened the North East’s newest and most advanced NHS centre for simulation-based training.

Based at Wansbeck General Hospital, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s state-of-art centre is equipped with the latest technology and patient manikins and provides advanced training for staff and NHS employees from across the region.

Simulation-based training is used in the NHS to enable health professionals to practise and gain valuable experience on the most complex situations and procedures in life-like situations to improve skills and patient safety.

The hub will also be used as an assessment centre for trainee doctors from Newcastle University and host prestigious events for national bodies, such as the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Medicine.

The Duchess said: “I was delighted to officially open this excellent centre and see first-hand the facilities on offer which give NHS staff access to the latest technology.

“Not knowing quite what to expect, I was most impressed with the patient manikins and can see why they are extremely valuable tools for teaching and learning.

“It’s great to see Northumbria leading the way and Northumberland playing a role in helping train people working in the health service here in our region and right across the country.”