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The LIFE Centre

The LIFE Centre

Learning | Inspiration | Future | Employment

LIFE is a facility that has been purpose built to inspire NHS careers and support health and well-being in people aged 5 years and upwards. The facility has been designed to include practical based teaching but also includes state of the art VR and AV technology. The idea is that public funded Education providers and NHS organisations in Lancashire can book the facility to support teaching and learning delivered by them. LIFE staff will ensure the facility is prepared for sessions and can provide teaching session ideas and lesson plans prior to booking.

This is a unique and fantastic facility that we hope will provide the Lancashire community with information, practice and the support to enable them to achieve a career within the NHS.

 

On the ward

The ward area looks just like an actual ward containing 4 fully functioning beds with over bed tables, nurse call and emergency buzzers. The ward also features medical gas ports, suction units and oxygen masks. This area is ideal for learning about all aspects of patient care, patient documentation, bed making and housekeeping. Different job roles can also be explored to educate students about the importance of the wider team such as domestic services, porters and medical engineers. This area is ideal for teaching using scenario’s that could include the multi-disciplinary team such as Physiotherapy, Speech therapy, Occupational therapy to name but a few. Our inbuilt camera system allows students to view themselves undertaking activities using play back via one of our large smart screen TV’s located in the classrooms, ideal for self-critique and feedback. The camera system will also play in real time where groups could be split into two with one group doing the activity whilst the other group can watch via the live stream for peer review.  

The ward area would suit groups of 2 to 20 students of all ages.

 

Clinical zone

This area has been designed to look like an actual emergency department but will also be suitable for simulating community practice. This area includes 4 patient trollies, inactive medical gas ports, suction units and oxygen masks. There is also a trolley stocked with bandages, slings and simple dressings ideal for basic first aid training in both the community and acute setting. Basic life support manikins are available at request; we have a baby, junior and adult models. Within this area there is the added benefit of a triage/GP consultation room equip with a desk, chairs, computer and examination couch and an X-ray/investigations room where preloaded X-rays, blood results, scans etc can be displayed on the large smart screen TV. Our inbuilt camera system allows students to view themselves undertaking activities using play back via one of our large smart screen TV’s located in the classrooms, ideal for self-critique and feedback. The camera system will also play in real time where groups could be split into two with one group doing the activity whilst the other group can watch via the live stream for peer review. 

The Clinical zone would suit groups of 2 to 30 students of all ages.

 

VR room

This purpose built room boasts a 3D cinema screen with auditorium seating for up to 34 people.  This state of the art facility can demonstrate human organs in 3D which can be explored both externally and on their internal surfaces. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to actually see the difference between healthy and unhealthy organs, related diseases and their causes. We also have AR activities via iPad and submersive headsets where students can feel they are actually involved in certain clinical areas and scenarios such as being in an operating theatre, exploring a road traffic incident or riding in an ambulance.

The VR room can accommodate up to 15 students at any one time and can be booked for up to 1 hour.

 

Breakout room

This is a bright and colourful teaching space compromising of hexagonal desks and seating to maximise team work and discussion. There is also a large flat smart screen TV that can be used for conventional teaching methods such as power point presentations and videos. This is one of the rooms where the camera system from the ward area and clinical zone can be streamed to.

The breakout room can accommodate up to 12 students.

 

Multi-purpose room

This room is the largest of the classrooms, it is a nice big bright space with patio doors that open onto a small garden area and has a washable floor ideal for accommodating packed lunches. All walls apart from the mural are whiteboard enabling students to draw on walls and have fun whilst they learn. This is ideal for group work and is easy to see when feeding back. Also in the room is a large whiteboard smart screen TV giving an up to date teaching method for tutors to be able to deliver, an addition to more conventional teaching methods.

The multi-purpose room can accommodate up to 30 students.

 

Facilities

LIFE has ample locker space for students to use, modern and brightly coloured toilet facilities benefiting from safety lock mechanisms and a large cubicle with additional hand rails ideal for students of all ages and abilities.

For visits arranged over the lunchtime period packed lunches can be brought to LIFE and eaten in the multi-purpose room.

 

Mobile Education Unit (MEU)

Our purpose built mobile education unit is available to come to schools, colleges, events and other venues to be used to promote NHS careers and other NHS agenda topics. This 3.5 ton vehicle can be driven by any NHS employee over 25 yrs old holding a full clean UK driving licence.

The vehicle is equipped with a large smart screen TV where educational and promotional video clips can be displayed, USB points for laptop and Ipad connectivity, simple dressings & bandages. Basic life support manikins and a patient trolley is available upon request. All powered via electric hook up or generator.

The hydraulic pop out side gives maximum space to a seating area for up to 6 people.