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Education and Skills Centre

The Trust has invested in a state of the art Education and Skills Centre in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Skills Network and the Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery.

The centre has been set up to enable a wide variety of clinical skills and simulation training to be carried out for paediatric staff and trainees both within the Trust and from across the region.

Training facilities

The centre comprises four training rooms all equipped with PCs and interactive whiteboards. A refurbished lecture theatre with full presentation capabilities, including video conferencing facilities, is also on offer.

Whilst over the years clinical skills has been taught in clinical areas and a variety of seminar and training rooms, having a dedicated training facility allows this training to be delivered in purpose-built facilities with a range of high-tech equipment purchased for this purpose.

Centre staff

The Education and Skills Centre is managed by a team of Trust and University staff. All are available for advice about the centre and equipment availability.

Our team is made up of Clinical Skills and Resuscitation Trainers Val Kellet, Leah Lockhart, Ceri Jack and Annemarie Wilson.

In addition the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) staff are located within the centre to provide booking and administrative support.

Clinical skills training

The centre is equipped to train staff in a variety of clinical skills using low to high fidelity manikins designed for this purpose.

The training includes cannulation, chest tube and central line insertion, nasogastric tube insertion, tracheostomy and gastrostomy care.

This training is co-ordinated by Val Kellett.


Simulation is a technique to facilitate the acquisition and consolidation of skills and behaviours in a substituted reality environment. Increasingly it is believed to be a core part of training and not just an ‘add-on’.

It allows staff and trainees to build on their technical and non-technical skills in the safety of a non-patient environment. This enables habits to be developed that can then be used in real events and situations and allows staff to train for rare emergency events.

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