The Bristol Medical Simulation Centre offers a training facility that was the first of its kind in the UK. The original centre was opened at a dockside location near the Bristol General Hospital on January 27th 1997 by the then Chief Medical Officer, Sir Kenneth Calman KCB MD FRCS FRSE, but due to its success was quickly upgraded to a purpose built building in July 2001. The new centre is now housed in the UHBW Research and Education Centre on level 5, directly opposite the Bristol Royal Infirmary. It was established as a joint venture between the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Bristol and was initially funded by the Charitable Trustees for the United Bristol Hospitals, but is now wholly affiliated to University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. BMSC remains unique as the most successful self-funding clinical simulation centre in the world.

Leading expertise
BMSC staff offer an outstanding level of expertise and have been widely published (contact us at bmsc@uhbw.nhs.uk for an up-to-date publications list). This expertise, combined with the technology we use to deliver our multidisciplinary healthcare training programmes, creates an effective and memorable educational experience.

Human Patient Simulators

METI and Laerdal Patient Simulators are central to the BMSC experience. We have adult, child and baby manikins that can be used to recreate clinical incidents and critical procedures. Elaborate functions are controlled from our adjacent control room, enabling wide ranging educational scenarios to be created and digitally archived, including:

• Crisis resource management
• Emergency Department procedures
• Critical care training in the ICU or PICU

• Basic science training for students 
• Formative assessments for trainees

A comprehensive tutorial programme, digital audiovisual recording capability, and excellent debriefing facilities complete the picture.