New £4.8m health education facilities opened

New £4.8 million nursing and health lab facilities have been officially opened at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus.

The state-of-the-art facilities include innovative teaching rooms to provide for our students learning experiences that will help them to develop a wide range of practice skills. This will help students to become highly skilled and will also cater for an increase in students on courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Paramedic Science.

The facilities in the Sister Dora Building were opened by Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, former Health Education England’s Chief Nurse and a previous student and staff member of the University.

The development includes a two-storey extension to existing facilities in the Institute of Health.

Guests including hospital trust partners were given a tour of the building, which now houses a series of multi-disciplinary lab spaces created for a range of settings and a collaboration area.

In order to support students to learn skills in caring for patients, clients  and families in every possible setting, the skills labs and simulation facilities include several mock hospital ward rooms, mock bedsit and terraced house. Students will be using the latest technology including a computerised anatomic model which allows student to ‘see inside’ the human body.


The facilities enable students to practice skills in a safe environment with a fully enabled Panopto facility – which allows sessions to be filmed and played back. This can give a patient’s eye-view and enables students to review their own progress.