The Simulated Healthcare Facility (SHF) is designed to provide you with a safe, controlled and supportive environment in which you can study and practice before entering the healthcare world. Areas are designed to replicate specific healthcare settings allowing you to gain valuable hands-on experience and to develop skills and knowledge through simulated exercises.
This induction is aimed at all new users of the SHF. It has been designed to provide information that is essential for the safe and effective use of the facilities, and provides information on how to use and maintain the high standards. Effective timetabling, maintenance, etiquette and security are the responsibility of all users to the area.
Contacts and opening hours
- Robert Winston Building helpdesk – 0114 225 5564
- Technical Resources – 0114 225 2208
The facility is open from 8.30am – 5pm, Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm on Friday. (Please note, technical assistance outside of these working hours can usually be arranged with advanced notice).
Access to the Simulated Healthcare Facility
You must carry your student ID card (SHU/Learning Centre card) at all times. Not only does it provide access to the building, but you may also be approached at any time by security/staff to provide identification. Each person’s card has access times programmed into it. Some students (particularly those that are part-time) may need access to the building after ‘normal working hours’. If this is the case, your card will be programmed as appropriate.
On no account should you give your card to anyone else, allow access to people unknown to you or leave doors open. All areas are normally locked unless in use (room bookings for student practice are between the hours of 8.30am and 6pm).
Please note that access can not be given to students unless the room has been timetabled accordingly by your tutor. In many of the areas, a member of staff also needs to be present. The photograph on your SHU card will also be used on your placement ID badge.
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part one
The SHF occupies the first, second, third and fourth floors of the Robert Winston Building and Woodville Teaching Block. It offers both clinical and non-clinical based areas to provide a multi-user, interdisciplinary work space. All specialist rooms have a ‘teaching wall’ which has PC, DVD/Blu-Ray player, plasma screen TV and internet access.
The facility is divided into a number of different areas which are accessible to all health professions, with the exception of the digital X-ray suite (F343) and radiography planning suite (F341).
The following will provide you with more information about specialist room
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part two
There is no strict dress code within the facility, however, students are expected to dress appropriately for the sessions they are attending. All students are required to be ‘bare below the elbow’ which is also applicable in all NHS Trusts. Some sessions may have a practical element and it is wise to be prepared for these.
Physiotherapy students are advised to have shorts and a t-shirt (strappy t-shirt for the girls) with them at all times. Although we have numerous anatomical models and skeletons available there is no substitute for practice of skills on each other. This can only be achieved by having access to the appropriate body part.
Nursing and Midwifery students are requested to observe the following dress requirements for practical sessions including Life Support and Moving and Handling Sessions. To wear flat shoes that cover the whole foot – as per uniform requirements in practice. To dress appropriately to take part in moving and handling activities and life support activities. This means students would be better wearing trousers for practical sessions especially moving and handling.
Appropriate dress and behaviour goes beyond shorts and a t-shirt. Baseball caps, jewellery (smooth wedding rings and ear studs are accepted), long fingernails, varnished nails, chewing gum and eating and drinking in sessions is not tolerated. Use common sense and consider modesty and comfort in practical sessions. Hair and any facial hair will need to be kept tidy. If hair is sufficiently long enough to fall over the face when performing a practical skill, please have some method of tying it back.(If for any personal issues you feel you can not comply with these requests, then please speak to your personal tutor).
Uniforms and name badges
You will be fitted for uniforms during your first year. These are free of charge and will be available for collection, along with your name badge, before your first clinical placement. You will be expected to wear your uniform whilst on clinical placement and may also be requested to wear it for some practical sessions and examinations.
If you lose your uniform or require more than your allocated number, you can purchase additional ones directly from the manufacturer at the same price paid by the university (plus P&P).
Please note that if you withdraw from the course at any point you will be required to return your allocated uniform and name badge to the university.
We will provide ODP students with theatre footwear and your clinical placement will provide you with scrubs. For Paramedic students (dependent on which ambulance service you are placed with), part of your uniform will be issued by the university, part by your service.
If you have any queries regarding your uniform please contact Technical Resources in F306 or telephone 0114 225 2208.
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part three
You are expected to behave professionally at all times. The equipment and its use present potential hazards that are not normally found in the classroom environment. The equipment provided to enhance your education and training is expensive and therefore must not be used without a trained member of staff present. Please be careful and cautious when practising within the facility.
Full compliance with all health safety rules, requirements (e.g. suitable clothing and/or Personal Protective Equipment) and procedures is a pre-requisite for entry and remaining in any practical area, lack of compliance will be considered as a professional suitability issue. In some areas a separate induction session may be required before entering or being granted access.
General behaviour / conduct
The facility is a very busy area which requires precise adherence to timetabling, preparation of the areas and return of all equipment to its exact place. Please treat the SHF areas and its equipment with care and ensure that it is kept clean and tidy.
Eating and drinking
Eating and drinking is not permitted in the rooms. This is due to the risk of damage to equipment and / or injury to persons. The Crescent cafeteria is located on the 4th floor of the Robert Winston Building and food and drink vending machines are located on the 5th floor .
Please place all your litter in the appropriate bin provided. Ensure that sharps waste is placed in sharps bins, clinical waste into yellow sacks and all other non-clinical waste into general household waste sacks.
One of the commonest accidents in the University is slips, trips and falls. To avoid these please ensure that any spillages are cleaned up immediately or the area is marked with a safety cone. There are cleaners on site from 6.30am – 4pm for major spillages.
All mobile phones must be turned off to prevent interruption / distraction during classes. In cases of emergency please inform your tutor of the need to have your phone on.
Please inform your tutor and / or the technical staff in charge of that area of any damage or breakages to equipment.
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part four
General Practice and Housekeeping
Moving and handling is taught on all the health specialist courses and is delivered in the SHF. If you need to move equipment, remember the training given on your course and use trolleys / hoists where required.
Do not lift equipment if you have not completed the mandatory moving and handling sessions.
Sharps safety and disposal
Care must be taken when handling sharps of any kind (e.g. needles, syringes, scalpels, anything that may break the skin). Please dispose of these items in the yellow sharps bins provided. Sharps should not be carried around unnecessarily.
Clinical waste (non-sharps) should be disposed of in yellow bio-hazard sacks for disposal by incineration. All non-clinical waste should be disposed of in the general waste bins.
Medication / drugs
A drugs trolley is provided for learning and teaching purposes. However no drugs are kept on the premises.
Nitrile powder free gloves
For some skills it is necessary to wear gloves. As some individuals react to latex and vinyl, we only stock Nitrile powder free gloves. If you find yourself having a reaction to these please inform your tutor so arrangements can be made to provide an alternative.
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part five.
Health and Safety Policy
- follow the Health and Safety Policy and comply with any health and safety instructions given to them whilst they are on university premises or taking part in university activities
- NOT introduce any equipment for use on university premises, alter any fixed installations, alter or remove health and safety notices or equipment or otherwise take any action which may create hazards for persons using the premises or employees of the university without the consent of the member of staff in charge of the areas or activity
- comply with all fire, safety and security procedures, as laid down in the conditions of residence, whilst in residence in university property
- NOT intentionally or recklessly, interfere with or misuse anything provided by the university
- conform to all instructions, written and oral, provided to ensure personal safety and the safety of others
- use protective or specialist clothing as required and use all safety equipment as instructed
- maintain tools and equipment in good condition, reporting any defects to their supervisor
- report all accidents, whether or not injury is sustained, to their supervisor
Incidents / accidents / emergencies
First aid boxes are fitted throughout the facility. The positions of these and first aid trained staff are indicated on the green and white first aid signage. If you remove anything from a first aid box, please inform Technical Resources in F306.
Any first aid administered on site must be recorded on the official accident report forms available from the Robert Winston Building helpdesk. If you require a first aider or ambulance, contact security (ex 888) from an internal phone or locate your nearest first-aider from the emergency contact list on the walls around the facility. Security contact (non-emergency) during office hours – ex 2000. Security contact emergency only – ex 888
On discovering a fire or smell of smoke inform your tutor immediately. Raise the alarm by activating the nearest fire alarm and notify security (ext 888) from the nearest safe location. On hearing the fire alarm, leave the building by the nearest exit. Stay with your group and move to the designated meeting point (Woodville Hall car park).
Do not use the lift or stop to collect bags and coats. Cooperate with the fire marshals and do not re-enter the building until told to do so. Wheelchair users should move to the nearest evacuation point and inform security of their whereabouts via the intercom system.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the University building or grounds.
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part six.
Audio Visual (A.V.) facilities
Teaching walls are fitted into every specialist room. There are also both fixed and portable cameras, a video and a sound editing room. Video, photographs and sound can be recorded by you or by the Specialist Technical staff with prior arrangement.
Training in the use of specialist AV equipment is available from the Technical Resources in F306.
Confidentiality / accessing information / inappropriate usage
The AV equipment is provided to enhance your learning. Anybody being recorded should be made aware of this. Under no circumstances should images / recordings of anyone be taken without their prior knowledge and consent. Any abuse of this facility may result in its withdrawal.
Before moving on to the next section, please make sure you have read and understood part seven