At SHU we have a dedicated simulation suite for Radiotherapy and Oncology including a treatment couch and controls, immobilisation equipment and Surface Guided Radiotherapy technology & a novel technology gaining widespread interest in radiotherapy centres across the UK.
During your first semester in year 1, you will participate in clinical simulation before you attend your clinical placement. These weeks have been designed by staff and students and will help you to prepare for what to expect during your first clinical placement by exposing you to different patient diagnoses and all areas of the patient pathway. Sessions are very interactive, and include active engagement in the following areas:
- Mask making and radiotherapy immobilisation
- Tattooing practicals
- Patient and couch manoeuvring
- Communication skill development i.e. interacting with service users, ID process, handling difficult conversations
- Bladder scanning
- Peer learning
Please note, you will attend your clinical simulation in your student uniforms and will have objectives to work towards followed by debriefs of your learning to replicate the clinical environment as much as possible.
This year, simulation will focus on planning and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). The aim of this placement is to expand students' knowledge of planning and the implication of decisions made when verifying treatments. Each student will be allocated 1 week and will have experience of the following activities across a variety of anatomical sites: inverse and forward planning, proton planning, brachytherapy planning, IGRT trouble shooting, the role of adaptive planning/p>
In your third year you will have the opportunity to start expanding your clinical care skills; these are skills healthcare professionals use related to patient care such as assessing patients' health and wellbeing. This will help to widen your skill set and give you more confidence working in the healthcare setting. Some examples of the sessions include learning how to read and take patient observations and assessments.
In year 1, you will also receive VERT training; this is a form of simulation training on using lasers in practice and radiation safety. VERT will be used within your anatomy teaching sessions.
On an annual basis you are expected to complete mandatory training before you are clear for clinical placement. This consists of being timetabled for the following:
- Basic life support
- Hand hygiene
- Manual handling
- Personal protective equipment
You will also have a variety of online training packages to complete as part of your mandatory training, including radiation safety.
Additional mandatory training may be undertaken within the clinical placement site, depending on local requirements.