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Skills labs, the ideal place to practise hospital and community situations

Our students are able to experience simulated situations which closely resemble the health challenges they will face in real life.

Our facilities include a range of innovative clinical or simulated environments that help our students to practice and develop the necessary skills for their chosen careers. There are clinical placements associated with operating department practice, occupational therapy, and diagnostic and therapeutic radiography courses.

For example, Diagnostic Radiography students use the digital image interpretation lab with a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) similar to that used in the NHS. The image interpretation lab is used for positioning workshops where limbs are positioned into appropriate points for x-ray.

Meanwhile, students in Occupational Therapy enjoy the benefits of tailored simulation laboratories. The labs help students practice problem identification, intervention planning, implementation, communication skills, risk assessments, problem solving skills and group work skills – all to learn how best to work with the patient.

Facilities case studies

  • VERT Lab

    Therapeutic Radiography VERT Laboratory

    The Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Treatment lab (VERT) is a sophisticated virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room. Through captivating 3D views and life size visualisations, VERT is an excellent platform for supplying therapeutic radiography training to students.

  • Digital diagnostic x-ray

    Digital Diagnostic Imaging Skills Laboratory

    Radiography students at LSBU benefit from Fujifilm D-EVO suite, a diagnostic radiography X-ray facility. D-EVO Suite has a ceiling support which is ergonomically designed to provide the radiographer with lighter, smoother movement for faster, more efficient workflow.

  • Digital diagnostic x-ray

    Occupational Department Practice Operating Theatre

    The operating theatre and critical care skills laboratory gives Operating Department Practice students at LSBU a truly lifelike experience. Students rotate between different "skills stations" to get hands-on experience of various technical aspects of theatre education in a safe environment.

  • SimMan


    The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, Sim Junior, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios.

  • Chinese calligraphy

    Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine

    The Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) at LSBU promotes Chinese language, culture and Chinese medicine - acupuncture - within local universities and communities. It is one of the first Confucius Institutes in the world to focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Chinese calligraphy

    Chinese Acupuncture Clinic

    The Clinic is a teaching facility at LSBU and part of LSBU's' Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM). It is used for clinical training on LSBU’s BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, although it is a real clinic serving the general public.

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