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Our Living Lab and Helen McArdle House

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Learn more about our unique Living Lab and Helen McArdle House, which are home to a range of advanced sector simulation equipment.

2 nursing students working in the mock hospital ward

Our Living Lab reflects various contemporary care provision settings and is made up of several specialist laboratories, from mock hospital wards, pharmacy dispensaries and hi-fidelity immersive simulation suite.

The immersive simulation suite allows you to experience a range of health, medical and care events in simulated environments. An adjacent task trainer room can aid with the development of clinical and non-technical skills. Integral cameras enable participants to view live or recorded footage in the dedicated debrief room. The Lab also has an OSCE suite and seminar rooms.

The facility has a range of simulation manikins, including SimMan patient simulators (SimMan 3G, SimMan ALS, Sim Junior and Sim Baby to name a few) to CAE Apollo and Caesar manikins, to anatomically realistic SimBodies and lower-fidelity simulation manikins. A range of other clinical equipment and a pop-up training ambulance are available to complement the facilities.

A short walk from the Living Lab is Helen McArdle House, outside you will find our bespoke training ambulance which contains the latest high-fidelity simulation infrastructure. This includes the ability to remotely film, record and observe simulated scenarios in class or remotely on personal devices, while working alongside experienced paramedic senior lecturers. The ambulance has been designed to enable you to experience the day-to-day work of an ambulance paramedic.

Helen McArdle House also has mock hospital wards, including a Children’s wards with baby and child interactive manikins where you can carry out simulate scenarios that feel as close to real life as possible. A Mental Health Ward which was designed to feel like a real ward, with bedrooms, a day room, seclusion room and treatment room.

Watch Natasha take you on a virtual tour of the Living Lab and Helen McArdle House:

Watch our students experience a simulation in the Living Lab: 


Students in the Living Lab

Students working in the Living Lab

Interactive child manikin in the children's ward

Child simulation manikin in the Children's ward

The interior of the Living Lab with beds lining both walls and a door at the end

A seven-bed ward 

Sim mom in the Living Lab

The SimMom birthing simulator 

SimMan in the OSCE bay

SimMan in the OSCE bay

The training ambulance

The training ambulance

Mental Health Interprofessional Learning session in the Living Lab Immersive Suite

Mental health interprofessional learning session in the Immersive Suite

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Published: 8 December 2020