2012 Teaching students about ethnicity and disability: how SimMan saved the world of practice education

Alex McClimens, Robin Lewis and Jacqui Brewster

With faculty funding we have been delivering the Elvis Project[1]. Over the past 12 months we have been working with local partners to develop a blended approach to learning for our students on the combined Learning Disability/Social Work degree programme.

This involves 

  • theory and concepts delivered in standard classroom settings 
  • the use of Blackboard to present background information to develop a narrative about a ‘virtual’ client/patient 
  • clinical lab work with SimMan 

Our client/patient is called Ahmed and he has multiple and profound learning disability. He is of Pakistani/Kashmiri origin and his family live in Rotherham. With the information we receive from our partners in Rotherham we provide the students with enough raw information to construct packages of care devised to fit imagined scenarios. We supplement these with clinical sessions with SimMan where students get hands on experience of managing care situations. 

The poster highlights some of the thinking behind the project. For more detail visit

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp: What can it teach us today? Journal of Intellectual Disabilities March 2012 16: 17-27, 2012 doi:10.1177/1744629512438037  

[1] Enhanced Learning – Virtual Improvised Scenarios

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