New home for the School of Healthcare Sciences
22 June 2022
The School of Healthcare Sciences will be located on a single site for the first time since its inception, with the development of a former auxiliary hospital adjacent to the University Hospital of Wales.
Currently split across two sites, in Ty Dewi Sant on the UHW site and in EastGate House in the city centre, the School will co-locate to one campus in 2023 after a comprehensive refurbishment of what was most recently the Department of Work and Pensions building in Heath Park West.
The redevelopment will provide increased space for teaching and immersive simulated educational spaces on a much larger scale; Ty Dewi Sant will then be subsequently reconfigured with a focus on computer lab spaces and offices for staff.
The Heath Park West project will ensure that the school is providing the best possible environment for rapidly growing numbers of students; it will also enable the increasing focus on interprofessional learning and immersive simulation.
Simulation-based education enhances students’ learning by helping to build confidence and transfer theory to practice. It exposes students to a range of different learning experiences in safe and controlled simulated environments, from basic life support to rare emergency situations. At Cardiff University, it spans the breadth of what’s possible, bringing together students from the different professions to work in realistic virtual environments with patient simulators, real-life equipment and devices, and immersive technologies including augmented and virtual reality.
The new building in Heath Park West will provide a bespoke facility as we expand this activity even further, ensuring our students develop both the clinical and non-technical skills required to become highly trained, competent and caring healthcare professionals.
The redevelopment will include:
- an increased number of practical rooms for the development and assessment of physical skills
- a flat and daily living suite, including a garden space
- an increased number of communication booths
- a refurbished version of the Caerleon Simulation Suite, a realistic hospital ward setting
- enhanced student common areas.