Tissue Viability induction training for Nursing staff in an acute NHS Trust. A Pilot study using a Virtual Patient Simulation

May 20, 2014 8:00 - 10:30am

Simon R Messer, MSc E-Learning1, Jo Witherstone, Nursing2 , Helen Morgan, Nursing2 
1University of the West of England, 2University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

We describe a project to create and evaluate a Virtual Patient (VP) simulation for nurse induction training on tissue viability conducted by the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBT) in collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE). The case was authored by the Trust’s tissue viability team using ‘UChoose’, a software platform for authoring and playing VP cases created by UWE. It was validated by a small group of ward sisters before being released to nursing staff within the Trust. Evaluation data was obtained using a self- administered on-line questionnaire to capture qualitative and quantitative data. The results show that staff found the case to have increased their confidence in managing and grading pressure ulcers as well as increased their awareness of Trust procedures and documentation. The results confirmed that participants felt that using VPs is a good way of engaging with online learning and that they would like to see further cases being developed for staff training.