Medical education facilities and support

Three people holding the Vantart virtual reality equipment

Our three main hospitals have dedicated medical education teams to support all aspects of education and training for medical students, doctors in training, locally employed doctors and consultants. 

We have a wide range of facilities and support available for simultaneous teaching of different groups. Rooms are equipped with modern audiovisual equipment and computers to optimise online and hybrid learning.   

Simulation training and the Simulation team

The Simulation team provides the infrastructure and support to deliver the education, training, and continuing development to a range of healthcare professionals across our Trust, the East Anglia region and nationally. They offer the best facilities for our clinicians to learn the practical skills associated with basic and advanced procedures.

Our Simulation Suites offers a wide variety of competency-based technical skills training, ranging from basic to advanced clinical skills such as intravenous cannulation, venepuncture, urinary catheterisation, nasogastric tube, insertion of chest drains, central line insertions, and bronchoscopy training, amongst others, using a range of purpose-built manikins. They are also equipped to teach important non-technical skills such as situational awareness, leadership, team working, communication, and keeping calm under the pressures of a simulated clinical/emergency environment.

The fully-equipped simulation ward assists in creating a sense of realism during ward simulation activities. Keeping up with evolving technology, the Simulation Suite provides Virtual Reality (VR) training for medical students, junior doctors, and pharmacy trainees. 

The immersive interactive learning scenarios can be streamed, recorded and played back via a multi-camera and microphone system allowing different views and close-ups of procedures to be achieved, while the manikins can be voiced to respond to the clinicians’ actions as they carry out clinical interventions.

Teaching fellows and other educators use these spaces to teach students essential skills such as suturing, cannulation, phlebotomy, and urinary catheterisation. Through developing hands-on experience using models and hospital-grade equipment, students grow in confidence in the simulated environment before becoming proficient in these skills on the wards.  They also offer a range of simulation-based educational activities to enhance undergraduate medical education. These simulations include virtual reality (VR) simulations, Bleep Simulations, and Ward Simulations, and are provided to senior students during their placement at the hospital.

Contact the team 

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Library Services

Our libraries are located at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals, and our staff are here for every member of the Trust, including all students on placement. 

Our staffed hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, but all sites provide you with 24-hour library access via swipe card access. We can provide a quiet space where you can relax quietly away from the work environment, as well as study space and networked PCs. For more information about services offered and links to our e-resources, visit Healthcare Libraries. 

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Research trials and opportunities

The Research and Development team supports research with their team of research nurses, a research midwife, clinical trials practitioners, a research approval manager and admin staff.  

You can find more information on their page at Research and development at mid and south Essex hospitals.  

Contact the R&D team

Basildon Hosptial -

Broomfield Hosptial - 

Southend Hosptial - or call 01702 435555 using extension 5669. 

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Training for clinical and educational supervisors

We recognises the importance of having a well established and trained faculty of clinical and educational supervisors. 

Newly appointed consultants, SAS Doctors and also those requiring refresher training have the opportunity to attend Educational and Clinical Supervisor training courses which are held several times a year at each of the MSE sites in order to strengthen their leadership and supervisory skills as a named Clinical or Educational Supervisor to their trainees.  

This full day course covers the various elements of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) framework for supervisor requirements offering workshop-style interactive learning around a range of topics, including helping trainees in difficulty, guiding trainees with personal and professional development, and teaching and facilitating learning in a clinical environment, amongst others. 

Six internal non-clinical CPD points can be claimed for attendance.  These courses are offered at all 3 sites on various dates throughout each year.  Once completed this allows consultants to have GMC trainer recognition as a supervisor. 

Some feedback from MSE’s educational and clinical supervisors' training courses:

Helped being a course held on my site with large cohort of peers who I know because the group discussion periods flowed more easily. The structure breaking everything down into clearly defined domains of AoME was helpful utilising wide range of different speakers who all had different skill sets was much better than having single person trying to cover it all.

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From NHSE - Supported Return To Training (SuppoRTT) doctors

The Education Centre helps, in collaboration with training programme directors, educational supervisors, and college tutors, to Support Return to Training (SuppoRTT) for those who have been away from training for various reasons, such as parental leave, career breaks, or illness. 

To find out more about this, visit 

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