A new state-of-the-art lab has opened at Solent University to provide training to the next generation of nurses.

Healthcare professionals from across the region gathered on January 31 to celebrate the opening of the new Human Health Lab on the university's campus. 

The new site features a cutting-edge Anatomage Table and is built to replicate a real-world medical ward with six beds and a nursing station. 

It comes as the university added 121 registered nurses to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register last year and follows the opening of a Nursing Lab in 2018.

Designed to deliver hands-on training to the next generation of nursing and healthcare talent, the lab is a direct response to the NHS Long Term Plan, built with capital funding awarded by the Office for Students. 

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Solent’s Head of Social Sciences and Nursing, Jan Parker, said: “A degree in nursing is a gateway to a fulfilling career and one which unlocks opportunity and potential.

“The launch of our second Human Health Lab has enabled the University to double the capacity for our simulated learning experiences, which is vital to placement expansion and quality education.

“In preparation for real-world learning and experiences, nursing students can access our on-site simulation environments and technologies.

“In these spaces we can support the development of skills, confidence, and professional competence.” 

The suite increases the University’s teaching facilities, allowing more students to gain essential practical skills that they can take into the workplace.  

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At a roundtable hosted by Solent’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Knowles, approaches to addressing skills gaps and supporting the delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan were discussed.

The region’s senior leaders from key healthcare organisations also shared their insight into the challenges facing the sector.  

Representatives from Solent NHS Trust, the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Hampshire County Council came to see first-hand how students are gaining practical skills and discuss opportunities for partnership.

Professor Knowles said: “Solent will play a key role in ensuring that the National Health Service continues to benefit from talented individuals who want to contribute to its success.

“Our new Human Health Lab enables us to deliver the highest-quality education for nurses and healthcare professionals.”