Kit helps Sheffield care staff

New equipment at Hallam University helps train nurses in compassion
New equipment at Hallam University helps train nurses in compassion
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A new piece of technology at a Sheffield university will be used to assess the bedside manner of healthcare workers.

Sheffield Hallam University is the UK’s first higher education institution to use the augmented-reality kit to assess empathy and compassion in healthcare.

Trainee nurses and midwives will now see videos of patients, played by actors, superimposed onto training mannequins.

The video is overlaid onto the dummy and provides a ‘real’ account of the patient experience.

It is designed to give trainee nurses a range of scenarios to test their reactions and their patient communication skills.

Jean Flanagan, Sheffield Hallam assistant dean and head of nursing and midwifery, said: “The introduction of augmented reality has been a hit with our students and staff.

“It has allowed us to realistically assess how our students are going to perform when they are out on the wards.

“Our philosophy around care and compassion has always underpinned our curriculum.

“We are one of the earliest providers of nurse training in higher education, having been established in 1974 and our graduates are well-respected by our health partners with whom we have a successful working relationship.”

Hallam’s facilities for student nurses and midwives have been recognised by Health Education England – Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, of HEE, said Hallam was ‘delivering compassionate professionals.’