The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to triple clinical training with video, audio and data solution
The Royal Oldham Hospital, part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has recently opened a £600,000 state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre to triple the number staff trained within the Trust. The centre makes use of innovative audio video technology from Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, enabling doctors, nurses and midwives to be trained in advanced clinical procedures.
The main challenge the hospital faced when developing the centre was collecting all the data from a training session for playback, including audio, visual and patient data, to ensure a constructive debrief for trainees. To achieve this, the hospital installed an integrated video, audio and data networked system to ensure all details during a simulation are retained. It enlisted the help of Pure Audio Visual, a leader in the design and installation of audio video (AV) solutions, to implement the technology.
Katherine Robertson, Learning and Organisational Development Project Manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, states, “The Trust already trains 700 staff members per year within a similar suite at the North Manchester General Hospital; The Royal Oldham Hospital anticipates it will successfully upskill 1,400 clinicians per year, meaning approximately 2,100 staff within the Trust will have the support required to provide a high level of patient care.”
The end-to-end Axis solution includes four AXIS P5515 PTZ Dome Network Cameras, providing high video quality for detailed images of simulations, as well as the added benefit of zooming in on a manikin to closely monitor medical procedures. The camera also features audio detection to recognise vocal interaction during a session. The solution includes a further three AXIS M5014 PTZ Dome Network Cameras, offering broad coverage so trainers have a far-reaching overview of all simulated procedures. Audio integration is facilitated by three AXIS P8221 Network I/O Audio Modules, seamlessly plugging into the network video system.
Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states, “While the main purpose of the new facility is to ensure clinical staff have the required knowledge and skills to provide patients with first-rate care, the suite also features additional training rooms to extend the training that can be offered. One of the simulation rooms mirrors a GP office, which will be used for training beyond purely medical and surgical processes, including HR issues, breaking bad news to families, coroners’ inquests and managerial appraisals.”
Tony Crossley, Pre-sales Technical Director at Pure Audio Visual, states “There are also many other applications or industries where this type of training solution could be applied beyond the healthcare environment. Any scenario in which audio input is vital, as well as a need to access other streams of data including video, could be adapted to this setup. For example, monitoring workers’ actions during safety or new product training within a manufacturing environment.”