Nursing & Midwifery learning environment

Welcome to the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre. When you study nursing or midwifery with us you will spend a large proportion of your time here perfecting your skills in our simulated environment. Let us show you how you'll learn. 

Our experienced teaching associates will give you 1:1 support

Our centre has a dedicated team on hand to help you perfect your skills and to answer any questions you may have. Our teaching associates work between clinical practice and the university, and are always on hand to help you brush up on your skills. As a team we're dedicated to supporting you so you can have an individual student experience and preparing you as fully as possible for practice. 

You can use the centre to practice your skills autonomously, book a group session, or arrange a 1:1 practice session like our 3rd year student Michele:

"I returned to adult nursing after having a year off. My confidence was extremely low and I doubted that I could pass my upcoming clinical assessments. I asked Alison, one of the teaching associates, to see if she could help me get some extra practice. Alison gave me so much encouragement, support and helped me develop my knowledge and understanding. I passed all my exams and I feel like that wouldn't have been possible without all the extra support she gave me."

Michele Thomson, 3rd Year Adult Nursing Student

Our simulated patients will give you the most realistic preparation of ward life

We have simulated patients who volunteer with us and  give you the chance to practise skills on new people with  different backgrounds, so you can learn how to use your  techniques on members of the public beyond your  classmates. 

In your second and third years you will regularly spend class time with simulated patients, learning how to combine the communication and compassionate care skills we teach you with the practical requirements of treating patients such as taking blood pressure and administering controlled drugs. 

How do we take you from novice to qualified professional in 3 years?

First year

Your journey in the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre will begin in the first two weeks of your programme, preparing you for your first steps into clinical practice as a student. Initially you will focus on the essentials of hand hygiene, basic CPR and manual handling. You will learn basic techniques that you can perfect in the safety of the centre and will focus on skills which involve obtaining and recording patient observations. These will include taking blood pressures, temperatures and administering medicines.

Second year

Over the next two years we will take you from these simple observations to teaching you to do more thorough assessments of patients, and teach you how to manage more complex scenarios. You will move away from using our smaller pieces of equipment such as simulated mannequin arms, onto our specialised mannequins and using our bank of simulated patients. Our technical team are experienced medical makeup artists, and will design and create various realistic wounds and lacerations on mannequins and simulated patients to make your learning as lifelike as possible.

Student midwives will have the unique opportunity to benefit from practicing with Noelle, our electronic mannequin that simulates childbirth, as well as our mobile birthing pool, giving you the opportunity to practice the practical aspects of labour in a safe environment. 

Third year

Third year is all about preparing you to take your first steps as a qualified practitioner. You will learn how to deal with complex scenarios including how to manage decision-making, prioritising, team-work and delegating. Simulated patients will be used more frequently to challenge your skills and build your confidence in applying your theory to practice. This way, when you're on your first day in your new job, you're ready to hit the ground running. 

Here are just some of the skills we will teach you as an undergraduate:


Year 1

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood pressure
  • Medicine management
  • Oxygen administration

Year 2

  • Wound management
  • Catheterisation
  • Controlled drug administration
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Assessment of the deteriorating patient

Year 3

  • Decision making
  • Ward management
  • Managing a deteriorating patient
  • Managing complex care


Year 1
  • Maternal observations
  • Abdominal examination
  • Venepuncture
  • Catheterisation
  • Newborn assessment
Year 2
  • Obstetric emergencies
  • Obstetric breech
Year 3
  • Cannulation
  • Perineal repair
  • Midwifery care for breech birth

50 seconds in the centre

Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre

Sighthill Court
EH11 4BN

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0131 455 5717