University announce completion of £5m health and social care keyworker training centre

The University of Wolverhapton has announced that construction of a £5 million health and social care training centre in Telford in now complete.

The new Marches Centre of Excellence in Health and Social Care at the university’s Telford Campus will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for the next generation of key workers.

The Centre, which has received £3.5m Growth Deal funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will enable students to gain hands-on, real-life experience of the profession they will enter and ensure they have the skills and knowledge to benefit employers.

The Centre will create new skills and simulation facilities that can be used across health and social care disciplines.

The new facilities will include a room for paramedic science and other disciplines, a mock house, various teaching spaces and new student social spaces.

Tim Steele, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “The importance of key workers in the health and social care sectors has never been more apparent than during the Covid-19 pandemic, and with increasing numbers of people wanting to study healthcare related courses, this Centre will provide state-of-the-art training facilities both for the existing and next generation of key workers.

“We’re delighted to have created an innovative and technologically advanced learning environment for students which will undoubtedly boost skills in the region and beyond. It will transform the training of professionals for the Marches area and enable us to meet the increasing local demand within the health and social care workforce.”

The Centre will also include an immersive reality suite for emergency planning and simulations of a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings, interview and mock office environments for social work training and student collaboration spaces.

A new Anamotage Room will be created, following on from the success of similar innovations at the University’s Wolverhampton and Walsall Campus. This will feature a state-of-the-art Anamotage table which allows students to digitally ‘see’ inside the human body.

The first phase of the project will see the development of new academic courses, Degree Apprenticeships and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses at the Telford Campus from September 2021.

The Centre is due to officially open for existing students in May 2021.

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