Sport and Health Sciences at Brighton

The simulated ambulance

Student paramedics and nurses experienced working inside a frontline ambulance by climbing aboard a unique ‘Simbulance’.

The new mobile training vehicle and virtual classroom visited the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus on the 25 March for students and staff to learn from.The-simulated-ambulance-visit-Cropped-398x272

Funded by Health Education Kent, Sussex and Surrey, the Simbulance carries medical equipment used to meet most emergencies and scenarios. On board are a high fidelity manikin with multiple uses, and a child-size manikin for paediatric scenarios.

Alex Ritchie, Clinical Simulation Technician with the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Simbulance is like an emergency ambulance which a few modifications to assist with simulations.

DSC_1259“We have medical observation cameras installed within the vehicle, allowing the simulation team and clinical training leads to observe the simulation. In addition, the training team will be able to provide feedback and allow the candidates to review their simulation, allowing for continued professional development.

“We are having an observation screen installed on the exterior of the Simbulance, allowing others to view the simulation in real-time whilst removing distractions and pressure from the candidates involved within the simulation.”

The University’s Jan Monkley-Poole, Assistant Head of Continuing Professional Education, School of Health Sciences, said: “The Simbulance is a new purchase and it is going to be a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity for students and practitioners, one we will consider asking to use on a regular basis.”

You can contact the Simbulance team at

Ambulance SimulationParamedicsSchool of Health SciencesSouth East Coast Ambulance Service NHS TrustUniversity of Brighton

Kerry Burnett • 27/03/2015

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