New training facility opened for NHS Scotland

The NHS Scotland Academy Skills and Simulation Centre at Clydebank’s Golden Jubilee University National Hospital has been opened by Scottish health secretary Neil Gray.

The custom-built centre will provide state-of-the-art training and education facilities to practitioners including an array of advanced simulators.

It has been designed by and will be run by the NHS Scotland Academy, which is a partnership between NHS Education for Scotland and NHS Golden Jubilee.

It is expected the centre will train more than 800 healthcare staff in its first year of operation.

Gray said: “Harnessing the latest technology is an important part of our plan to reform and recover Scotland’s NHS. It’s exciting to see how the innovations in the Skills and Simulation Centre will be used to accelerate training skills by providing unprecedented hands-on experience.

“The NHS workforce is our greatest asset and that is why it’s so important to invest in their training and development. Quicker and more effective training will help to improve diagnostic accuracy and therefore patient outcomes as well as address workforce pressures and aid retention of staff across NHS Scotland.”

Director of NHS Scotland Academy, Learning and Innovation, Kevin Kelman said: “We are absolutely thrilled today to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to formally open our brand new Skills and Simulation Centre as part of the NHS Scotland Academy.

“As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the NHS Scotland Academy remains committed to fostering innovation and excellence in health and social care education. The launch of the Skills and Simulation Centre reaffirms its position at the forefront of medical training, empowering the future NHS workforce to deliver safe, effective and person-centred care to all.”