6 July, 2023
Creating mock hospital wards for universities
Helping the healthcare sector where we can

We recently wrote about how UK universities are stepping up their game, and how our unique educational division within Maris is helping to create world-leading facilities, headed up by Managing Director, Alex Hunt. One of the most exciting spaces in which we’re involved, particularly given the challenges faced by the NHS at the moment, is supporting the training of future doctors and nurses with the development of mock hospital wards at universities.

Alex says: “It’s a very exciting time in the education market because there’s a real opportunity to make a difference. No one will be surprised to learn that there’s a shortage of nurses and medical staff – universities know that and are in a position to encourage students into these professions with state-of-the-art training facilities, taking up the mantle of training the right people for the future of healthcare. We’re here to help them do that.”

What’s involved in a mock hospital ward?

Amongst our projects, we’ve developed mock hospital wards for Buckinghamshire New University and a vast two-floor space for London South Bank University’s new Croydon campus, which is in line with Croydon London Borough Council’s pledge to support their local NHS Trust.

Creating a mock hospital ward is a highly specialised design process, resulting in a space that’s as close to a real medical environment as possible. We have created everything from maternity wards to more general spaces, with all the training facilities they need.

A big part of learning is observation

Therefore, the mock wards include observation suites and specialist tech a bit like CCTV. Trainee nurses can carry out procedures autonomously whilst being monitored by the university who can assess how they’re getting on. Technological advancements are an exciting part of what we’re able to implement into these spaces to really develop a real life situation within the safety of a training environment.

Alex says: “These mock wards are about as realistic as it gets. They have everything from call bells to compressed air in place of oxygen, and the dummies in the beds are frighteningly lifelike.”

Simulation suites for paramedics

It’s not just hospital wards that we help universities develop, but other spaces that replicate emergency services environments as well. For example, we have been involved in creating simulation suites for paramedicine. In these environments universities can replicate emergency situations, like a car accident, in state-of-the-art, 3D immersive suites.

Trainee paramedics will find themselves in scenes complete with birds tweeting and people walking around, having to decide what to do to treat a patient. We have also developed a design scheme, which is in its early stages, where the university has fully kitted out ambulances, which are intended to sit alongside a fully replicated A&E.

Once again, it’s all about readying students for the real world – getting them right into the thick of it, rather than focusing purely on theory, and giving them a real flavour of what to expect on the job. 

Alex says: “I think a lot of universities are taking a more vocational approach to education at the moment, even outside health and social care. Universities are mindful of helping students to get into work after uni. Teaching has progressed from that old school mentality of a lecturer teaching for four hours and students listening to a more engaged way of learning with a clear purpose for their future careers.” 

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