Becky Baker and Jo Butler tell us why the funding they received has been so important
Within the midwifery department we were delighted to receive funding towards receiving a new PROMPT simulation mannequin as well as the opportunity for four of the lecturers to go on ‘PROMPT Train the Trainer’ training. Within the midwifery course the students have a High Risk and Complex Midwifery module. It is fundamental that the students are able to learn and understand the management of cases outside of the scope of normal midwifery prior to going out into practice.
The mannequin we have received is versatile and able to be used for various simulation of skills for the students. There is the realistic simulation of performing vaginal examinations, which is a skill students are often nervous about and may find challenging, therefore being great that they can practice it in a safe environment. Additionally it can be used to simulate a postpartum haemorrhage with a ‘realistic uterus’ and blood simulation. The students found this really useful to practice their management as realistically as possible.
By facilitating the lecturers going on the training course, it has meant that four of us have been able to learn effective ways to set up and simulate realistic emergency scenarios. The course taught us to include ‘patient actors’ to allow the students to take turns in playing the patient to gain insight into how the woman is feeling and promote woman centred care. As well as this, it looked at effective ways of providing feedback to help the students learning. There were invaluable tools gained from this training that have allowed us to have scenarios all throughout the module as well as run a couple of our very own ‘PROMPT skills and drills’ days.
We have received a lot of positive feedback from the students that the teaching is enjoyable and helps them to reinforce their theory sessions. As well as this, it is a safe environment for them to practice the emergencies where it does not seem so scary. The lecturers have really enjoyed their learning and found that it has really helped develop their confidence in offering these sessions for the students.