A new state-of-the-art healthcare facility has opened at the University of Salford in a move that will support the development of the next generation of NHS professionals.
The £2.87m Centre for Medical Imaging features everything from cutting edge CT and ultrasound scanners to some of the latest X-ray systems.
Designed to help those who use it feel more at ease during procedures, the building also includes a dementia-friendly imaging room affixed with skylight-mimicking ceiling lights and a natural woodland décor.
With the organisation a part of the North West Imaging Academy as an Ultrasound Academy, the University of Salford is also working to develop a clinical ultrasound imaging facility, which would treat patients and help support the NHS.
The university’s head of Radiography, Dr Claire Mercer, said: “The new Centre for Medical Imaging reflects the growing ambition and impact of our Radiography team and the wider institution. These facilities will be used extensively to support the development of our current and future workforce.
“They will provide our students with the most advanced simulated experiences to learn in, so they can provide high-quality clinical services in the future. They will also support us in running courses for those already working in the NHS to support their ongoing professional development.
“Parts of the facility will also be used to help us provide clinical services in partnership with NHS Trusts across the Greater Manchester region, meaning we can help support the NHS and provide our students with real world experience right here on campus.”
This is just the latest example of the next generation of healthcare professionals being supported following the ground-breaking launch of the world’s first virtual reality training for perinatal mental health by Health Education England last month.
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