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Wales rugby star learns from model patient

14 October 2010

Wales rugby star and Cardiff University medical student, Jamie Roberts has unveiled Cardiff University’s new state-of-the-art simulation equipment designed to help train the next generation of doctors.

The new child manikin – part of an expansion of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine’s growing simulation centre - can be programmed to behave just like a sick child, offering students the chance to deal with real life situations.

The plastic manikins can be programmed to mimic different medical situations including irregular heart beats, low blood pressure; they can even be made to be sick.

Officially unveiling the new facilities Jamie Roberts said: "As a medical student this new equipment will help my development and enables me to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures in treating sick patients.

"This new equipment is especially important as it mimics a child – some of the most difficult patients to treat when becoming a doctor."

The equipment is part of an expansion of simulation centre available at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. Future developments mean the opening in September 2011 of a whole floor of the latest equipment for Simulation Training: the Cochrane Building.

This prestigious development means that only the very best facilities will be available for the training of doctors in Wales.

In 2008 the Minister for Health, Edwina Hart opened the first phase of the University’s simulation equipment – an adult simulation centre allowing students to learn, rehearse and perfect procedures in treating sick adult patients, anaesthesia and intensive care.

Professor Judith Hall, School of Medicine, added: "This is an important development for undergraduate and postgraduate education at Cardiff and adds to our already impressive simulation equipment.

"With the development of the Children’s Hospital for Wales here in Cardiff, it is very important that our medical students train to look after sick babies and children.

"Using this infant manikin, they will train to recognise when a baby is sick, they will know when to call senior doctors for help and finally, they will know how to start emergency treatment."

The equipment has been sponsored by Flexicare - a Welsh manufacturer and supplier of medical devices to the healthcare industry and medical organisations



1. Further information, please contact:

Professor Judith Hall,
School of Medicine
Tel: 029 20743110
Mobile: 07592785838

Chris Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20 874731

2. School of Medicine
Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research, delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2,000 students, including 1,110 postgraduate students.
The School is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares with the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. The School has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health.

A key partner in this role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the School is linked at all levels. This mutual dependency is illustrated by the teaching of medical undergraduates in more than 150 hospitals located in all of Wales’ health authorities. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further

3. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.