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Promoting Excellence in the Pre Registration Nursing Programme Using High Fidelity Simulation

What is our ambition?
To promote excellence in dementia care in the pre – registration nursing programme (years 1 – 4) that enhances nursing care of patients, families and carers affected by dementia. Teaching the “real” challenges patients with dementia, their families / carers face. To promote person centred care in all aspects of nursing practice – getting it right for everyone.

What is high fidelity mask simulation?
This involves an educator creating a plausible scenario that students relate to in a safe environment i.e. within the University where vulnerable people can be protected. For example simulation of learning how to do a blood pressure would be taught in class and then practised on each other and patient volunteers in our clinical skills centre (mock ward area). High fidelity mask simulation, we think has the potential to create the appropriate credible scenarios around a variety of complex areas in nursing practice that are critical to student nurses learning and patient care. The masked educator wears a mask of an elderly lady, dresses and behaves in character throughout any interactions.

 How do we propose to do this?
Create the character and her life story. Then build in a natural sequence of events a person with dementia may encounter, where nurses would be involved in either hospital or home care settings. For example: being admitted to hospital with a possible infection or perhaps after a fall. The masked educator is a nurse with experience of caring for patients, families and carers affected by dementia, therefore can create scenarios based on lived experience; directing the students learning journey. The character  is intended to have a diagnosis of dementia  and has a carer who is a constant within the scenario we plan to create. The person playing the role of the carer is the Lecturer for older adults in the school of nursing, who also has extensive experience in caring for patients, families and carers affected by dementia.

 Why do we want to do it this way?
We believe you can teach about care and compassion but there is cynicism in the general public about how Universities manage to do this. Therefore we need to be creative as books alone will not completely prepare our future nurses.

What you think about this approach?

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Would you be able to help us enhance this initiative?
  • Who, amongst you would be interested in working alongside us on this project.

If you want any further information on this please contact us.

Katrina Whittingham,
Theme Leader for Person Centred Care/ Adult Nursing Lecturers,
01224 262984,


Una Lyon,
Lecturer for Older Adult,
01224 262920,