Our research investigates optimal ways of providing education related to clinical skills.
Recent studies have investigated the use of simulation to improve performance of a range of clinical skills and the contribution of situation awareness to skill performance.
We are collaborating on studies with the University of Brighton (Professor Julie Scholes) and Monash University in Melbourne (Associate Professor Simon Cooper and Leigh Kinsman): current studies underway with this group include:
- Identifying patient deterioration: rural hospitals clinical skills (Funder: Monash University Small Grant Scheme, Australia, AUS19,060).
- Identifying maternal and neonatal deterioration in a simulated environment: measuring and developing student midwives' knowledge, clinical skills and situation awareness (Funder: Equity Trustees Australia, AUS51,400).
Our programme of research embraces much of the clinical research undertaken by group members and is led by
Professor Ruth Endacott. The aim of our programme is to examine factors influencing how change in a patient's condition is assessed and managed. Our work in this area spans acute/chronic and age range continua, with studies undertaken in a range of out of hospital, critical care and ward settings.
Studies in the clinical skills laboratories include identifying the impact of different modes of skills learning on student's knowledge and self-efficacy.
Studies underway or recently completed include:
- development of a model to underpin simulation learning, including web-based simulation – https://first2act.com/
- recognition of deterioration in a simulated environment
- impact of near-peer teaching for undergraduate clinical skills
- recognising and initiating High Dependency Maternity Care
- TULIPS – Transforming Undergraduate Learning with Inter-Professional Simulation funded by the Higher Education Academy (in conjunction with Plymouth University Medical and Dental School)
- INACTIC: International Nursing Advanced Competency-based Training for Intensive Care Survey of critical care course provision and assessment methods across Europe Funded by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM).