Students' experience and perceived value of a clinical simulation centre

Background: The emergence of new technology and innovation has seen dedicated simulation centres being designed and built to assist with the development of a range of professionals within the ever-changing healthcare setting. Focusing on the university environment, this study examined the extent to which paramedic students perceive these simulation centres as efficient and effective learning spaces. Methods: Using evaluation research, data were collected from 33 students studying paramedic science at a London university. An online questionnaire was used to measure student engagement, perceived value, impact and sustainability of a simulation centre. Findings: Participants primarily perceived the simulation centre as having high value and a good impact on their learning and development, although some concerns were raised regarding its utilisation and general usability. Conclusion: While large-scale simulation centres seem beneficial to learning, they need to be fully integrated into the curriculum to maximise their impact on preparing students for their forthcoming role.

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