NEWS FROM UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
Portsmouth nursing course first in UK to win accreditation - The adult nursing course at the University of Portsmouth, launched just two years ago, has won endorsement from the industry leader in simulation-based education.
Portsmouth is the first university programme in the UK to be awarded accreditation from the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH).
Simulated learning – using, for example, actor role players and life-like manikins – has become recognised worldwide as the safest and best way for healthcare students to learn.
Academics on Portsmouth’s BN (Hons) Adult Nursing course were praised by the association for developing a course which put patients first, describing it as an example to be followed nationally. The association also described the course’s focus on students’ psychological safety as commendable.
Leader of the nursing course Dr Isobel Ryder said: “We are delighted to be the first university to win accreditation from a body which provides the gold standard in healthcare training using simulation. “It’s a significant achievement. We have developed a real depth of expertise in simulation, using the best and most advanced technology and techniques, including the use of actors, helping students learn in extremely realistic environments. Such facilities and training help our future nurses develop resilience and flexibility, making them better equipped to deal with a broad range of healthcare situations.”
Simulation-based education (SBE) has matured into a formally recognised teaching method embedded in all healthcare training programmes. It is therefore important that standards of delivery of SBE are defined and described in a document that can be readily applied in different organisational contexts. Throughout 2015 and 2016, ASPiH consulted widely and developed the standards framework for simulation-based education in the UK. ASPiH is now in the early stages of providing an accreditation scheme that individuals, programme leads and organisations can apply to demonstrate that they are delivering high quality simulation-based education that will benefit patient care in clinical practice.