Developing domestic Simulation Spaces: From concept to immersive simulated apartment

Scott Colton, Stephen Wanless

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    With increasing amounts of care being undertaken in people's own domestic settings (1), the advances of digital health technologies being integrated by individuals seeking more data to manage their health through the use of commercially available digital health technologies as well as increasing integration by healthcare organisations of digital health technologies to provide care remotely(2) the development of a home environment with embedded digital health technologies have been created so that immersive learning and innovative simulation-based education can be undertaken to develop learners knowledge in providing and managing people healthcare needs in this developing space.
    Using simulation in nursing education is increasing as an active learning pedagogy that promotes critical thinking and enhances students' knowledge and skills. The Nursing Midwifery Council (3) (2021) conducted a national simulation study to provide evidence of the educational outcomes of students having simulation replace varying amounts of clinical time in their nursing education. Birmingham City University School of Nursing and Midwifery integrated simulation into clinical experiences in the curriculum. Incorporating simulation in community health curriculum is a challenge as there is limited literature on the use of simulation in this area. Birmingham City University managed to obtain £210,000 from Health Education England Placement Provision bids to develop a digital home environment.
    This presentation will describe how the team successfully assessed, planned, and implemented the development of a digital home environment that can provide meaningful learning to health and social care students. Specific details of the challenges to create a realistic experience including the introduction of technology are discussed as well as the benefits gained through implementing community health simulations in a specific environment.
    Conclusion: The use of simulation in community health nursing education enables students to participate in realistic environments that enhance their understanding of the care of the client in the community. By assessing the local community health needs, the simulation team collaborated with the Nursing team to provide realistic simulation scenarios and environments that would result in meaningful learning experiences for students. The team overcame the challenges of scheduling and environment preparation by carefully planning and utilising teamwork. This experience clearly reinforced the value of utilising community health simulations in nursing education.

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    3. Review of Minimum Education and Training Standards in Nursing and Midwifery - Desk Based Research Evidence review final report 2021. Available from:

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusAccepted/In press (AAM) - 7 Nov 2023
    EventASPiH Conference 2023: Sustainable Simulation -
    Duration: 7 Nov 20238 Nov 2023


    ConferenceASPiH Conference 2023


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