Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre

Our simulation and clinical skills centre provides premier teaching and learning facilities for the School of Health and Social Care. Its function is to provide a stimulating and safe environment that promotes the learning of clinical skills for nursing and midwifery students on all programmes within the university. 

The authenticity and versatility of our centre gives students the opportunity to practice their skills in a safe, risk-free environment and to receive feedback on their performance to support their learning. It also means we can meet the continuing professional development requirements of a range of healthcare practitioners and specialities.

Purpose built learning environments:

  • A critical care unit with adjoining technology control room
  • An accident and emergency bay
  • Three clinical wards including a specialised children's ward
  • A scrub room
  • A neo-natal room
  • A brand new Simulated Home Environment for Learning, Teaching and Research (SHELTeR), which functions as a community setting used in line with health and social care integration
All of our rooms are versatile and can be set up to recreate other environments including a birthing suite, outpatient department, community setting and a theatre recovery room.

We also have ceiling-mounted digital cameras to enable student performance to be recorded and played back as part of the feedback process. There is a central audio visual (AV) control / viewing room where the AV recording equipment is operated by simulation technicians. 

Join our Simulated Patient Programme!

We are currently looking for volunteers aged over 16 years to participate in the assist in the learning, teaching and assessment of student nurses and midwives to help prepare them for clinical practice No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided. A number of training sessions will be run throughout the year for which volunteers will have reasonable travel expenses covered. 

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Skills taught within the centre include:

  • Resuscitation
  • Catheterisation
  • Nutrition management
  • Medicine administration
  • Management of normal delivery and obstetric complications
  • Patient assessment
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Hand washing
  • Venepuncture
  • Communication skills
  • Manual handling


The versatility of our Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre enables us to meet the educational requirements of a range of healthcare practitioners and specialities. If you are interested in using our facilities please email or call us on 0131 455 3206.

Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre

Sighthill Court
EH11 4BN

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