Embedding simulated practice: health of the community experience
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Embedding simulated practice: health of the community experience

Jo Brown Senior lecturer, University of Derby College of Health, Chesterfield
Guy Collins Senior lecturer, University of Derby College of Health, Chesterfield

Jo Brown and Guy Collins detail how taking part in a simulated public health experience in a pre-registration programme enables students to develop transferable skills for community practice

This second article in a two-part series on embedding simulated practice in the pre-registration nursing curriculum focuses on the nursing students’ journey through a simulation based on the health of a community. Building on the previous article, which explained the scope and importance of simulation (Brown and Collins 2015), it explores the implementation of a simulated practice experience on the pre-registration nursing programme at the University of Derby.

The experience is centred on public health, simulating the undertaking of a local health needs analysis and the commissioning of services. It incorporates a visit to a geographical area to identify specific health needs, carry out a health needs assessment and a review of commissioned services, and culminates in a bid for public health monies to implement health improvement. Students then undertake a public engagement exercise to publicise their work and develop skills in leadership, communication, team working and the commissioning process.

Primary Health Care. 25, 6,26-29. doi: 10.7748/phc.25.6.26.e1012

Correspondence

j.brown1@derby.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 02 February 2015

Accepted: 16 March 2015