Multi-site education in Sheffield

In June this year, Sir Bruce Keogh, Chief Executive of the NHS, opened the new Clinical Skills Centre at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

Sir Bruce tests the resuscitation mannequin.

The new Clinical Skills Centre was opened by Sir Bruce Keogh in June 2012.

Case management and MDT.

The Clinical Skills Centre and the R-floor postgraduate Education Centre were all equipped by Video South as part of strategic education plans for both the Northern General and the Royal Hallamshire Hospitals in the city.

Over the last decade, Video South has equipped multiple education rooms and clinical rooms on both sites.

In 2010, the Trust network was equipped with Cisco videoconference infrastructure. Video South designed this to support cross-site education involving the teaching rooms and clinical procedure demonstration.

At the Northern Medical Education Centre, one of the large lecture theatres was upgraded to full HD projection, as was one new 60-seat seminar room.

Both of these also use Cisco C60 codecs, which are fully integral to the audio-visual systems and provide sophisticated videoconferencing. At the Royal Hallamshire site, the all-new education centre presented the opportunity for two large seminar rooms to be equipped with HD projection and C60 integrated codecs. These installations, in conjunction with the network infrastructure, allow high-quality lectures and teaching sessions to be presented at both sites simultaneously. Dual-channel imaging means that audiences on the remote site see high-quality images of the presenter and lossless data projection of the screen presentation.

As well as these facilities, the Royal Hallamshire Skills Centre also features a full simulation suite based on an operating theatre scenario. Again, the systems were designed and installed by Video South and feature a clinical area equipped with four remote-controlled cameras and high-quality microphones. The adjoining control room uses touch-panel control for sophisticated monitoring and recording of the session, all integrated to a Laerdal mannequin system. Sir Bruce was treated to a live demonstration of this system, as it is also connected to the larger of the on-site seminar rooms. He also had a go with the resuscitation hands-on trainer!

Both hospitals now have state-of-the-art education facilities that can interoperate across Sheffield, to the benefit of students and specialist consultants. In the next months, Video South is also upgrading systems for the department of gastroenterology on both sites, allowing three clinical department areas to link for live procedure demonstrations at both education centres.

Video South has also equipped some of the education rooms for very high specification MDT with videoconferencing. This is used as part of the North Trent Cancer Network’s regular meetings.

This full HD Conference system is one of only three that we have installed in the UK.