The last three decades have seen rapidly increasing use of simulated practice and simulated austere clinical environments (SPACE) to develop, integrate, assess and provide reflective opportunities for healthcare students and practitioners when constructing their professional knowledge, clinical skills and team working skills.
Within HERG we are actively engaged in the research, design, development and evaluation of the spectrum of virtual, high-fidelity and austere simulated clinical environments. This activity focuses on both discrete simulation-environment based performance outcomes and on the interactions and relationships between simulation-mediated activity and performance outcomes manifested in the other HERG domains.
The Clinical Simulation Centre is employed as a medium within which learners are ‘immersed’ and experience phased adaptation and enculturation to rapidly evolving healthcare systems and to austere, unpredictable, unsupported and hostile healthcare environments. Our ‘Target Model’ of immersive, adaptive and enculturation activity is based on constructivist and situated learning theories and further informed by Gulikers’ 5-Dimensional Framework for Authentic Learning and Assessment.
safeMedicate is an e-learning solution for developing and assessing competence for safe drug calculations. It uses real world features and expert real world practice to link with the maths used to solve dosage calculation problems and transform care. Read more.
Primary PhD research undertaken by Dr Keith Weeks (1992-2000), initially focused on a four year ethnographic study (1992-1995) based in clinical and education practice. This exposed and framed the problem of nursing students experiencing misconceptions of medication dosage problems related to use of didactic transmission methods of education and calculation problems related to mathematical ‘dropped stitches’ (Weeks et al 2000). Phases 2, 3 and 4 (1996-2000) centered on the design, development and evaluation of a prototype virtual learning and assessment environment designed to support the construction and application of medication dosage calculation problem-solving skills (Weeks et al 2001; Weeks 2006; Weeks 2007).
Following successful PhD evaluation and peer review, Glamorgan and Cardiff Universities collaborated in the knowledge and technology transfer process to exploit the intellectual property underpinning the prototype virtual environment design. This resulted in the development of a commercially viable version of the programme that was subsequently marketed through Glamorgan and Cardiff University’s spin-out company Authentic World Ltd.
Launched in 2004, the company co-led by Dr Keith Weeks (Research & Design Director) and Norman Woolley (CEO) has engaged in significant post-doctorate research and development activity to substantially advance its portfolio of web-based virtual environments and to inform the international community within this domain of education and clinical practice.
Currently, we are: