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Simulation training hub is standout winner of top building award

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017
Simulation training hub is standout winner of top building award

The North East’s newest and most advanced NHS centre for simulation-based training at Wansbeck General Hospital was a ‘standout’ winner of a prestigious regional building award.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s state-of-art Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub (DASH) won the infrastructure award at the 2017 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards, North East.

DASH is equipped with the latest technology and patient manikins and provides advanced training for hundreds of trust staff and NHS employees from across the region within a live hospital.

Award judges said DASH’s innovative trialling of new technologies, comprehensive engagement of all stakeholders and the extraordinary determination of the delivery team made it a standout winner.

They said the facility will make a great contribution to society and was helping to save lives.

Simulation-based training is extensively 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.

Purpose-designed with two five-bed bays and multiple training and teaching areas, DASH at Northumbria, is the largest facility in a hospital in the region.

The awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors. As a regional winner, DASH goes forward to the national awards in London in November.

Nicky Jenkins, a nurse with more than 20 years’ experience working in emergency care is the manager of DASH. She said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award. We are indebted to our partners whose input have enabled us to create this pioneering centre which has transformed simulation-based training not only in our trust, but in the region.

“Since the centre opened last year, we have hosted teams from across our trust, the North East and further afield and everyone has been impressed by the high quality facilities and top-class learning experience it offers.

“While this type of training has always played a key part of the on-going development of our staff, being able to have a bespoke centre designed specifically for our needs has been a tremendous boost for our teams and shows that Northumbria is leading the field in the area.

“In today’s ever-evolving NHS, it’s so important for staff to be able to practise skills, particularly for complex procedures, in a safe clinical environment.”

DASH received funding from Dinwoodie Charitable Company, which was set up in the name of the late Walter Dinwoodie and his wife to ‘improve healthcare by advancing the development and dissemination of medical knowledge and skills’. The centre has also received funding from the trust’s Bright’s charity.

The surveyor for the project was Turner & Townsend, with the architects ADP Architecture and developer/contractor Robertson Construction.

DASH was also shortlisted at the 2017 Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) awards.