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Webinar: Extended Reality Solutions for the Future of Healthcare Simulation

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Coventry University and EBN are proud to be partnering up on the webinar series dedicated to the transformative power of innovation through Simulation, Immersive and Experiential Technologies.

New technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality are having a big impact on the workforce and economy. There is a huge demand for skills in the design, delivery and day-to-day use of these solutions. The adoption of innovative technologies across industries, including retail, education, disaster management, mobility, healthcare, and manufacturing, has been driven primarily by disruptive business models brought by globalization and digitization. We see the developments of digital tools and new business models in every single industry pushing the borders of how, when, where and what can be experienced.


Extended Reality Solutions: The Future of Healthcare Simulation

This webinar will examine the approach the Faculty is taking to the enhancement of healthcare simulation with a focus on the use of technological advancements such as eXtended reality (XR), haptics, artificial intelligence, and 5G. It will explore proof-of-concept project collaborations with industries such as Vodafone, Gamoola, PCS, and HaptX and the lessons learned, whilst delving into our direction of focus for research and the vision for future healthcare simulation curriculum design and industry collaboration.


For whom?

The joint webinar series will give the European startup, corporate, research, and innovation community an opportunity to get to know the world-class experts who will showcase their flagship projects, inspire industry collaborations, and share their exciting plans for the future.


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Abigail Green, Assistant Professor at Coventry University

Abigail Green is an assistant professor in healthcare simulation and supports the design and delivery of simulation across the faculty of health and life sciences and the wider Coventry University group. She is a clinician (Registered Dietitian) and educator with thirteen years of combined experience in healthcare and education.

She has led global and innovative virtual simulated placements through collaboration with industry partners, for pre and post-registration nursing and midwifery learners, bringing together learners in a virtual space for synchronous debriefing across continents, with a focus on the development of leadership and digital literacy skills in order to enhance retention of these professions within healthcare services and build a resilient future workforce.  

Her areas of interest include the sustainability and scalability of healthcare simulation and the considerations for equality and diversity within the design of simulation. Her research areas of focus include virtual simulated placements and interprofessional education and simulation.


Michelle Castleberry, co-founder of Patient Communication Simulators (PCS)

Michelle co-founded Patient Communication Simulators (PCS) in 2016 to focus on the next frontier of simulation in healthcare: virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Over the past two decades, Michelle’s experience has spanned both institution and industry, working within Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Standardised Patient programme, followed by leading simulation centre audio visual and software solutions at CAE Healthcare. She is presently responsible for all PCS content and facilitates PCS’s Clinical Advisory Board.


Juliana Samson, PHD student at Coventry University

Juliana, a physiotherapist with 20 years clinical experience, joined Coventry University as a postgraduate researcher with the Centre of Healthcare Research in 2022. Her area of interest is in the delivery of interprofessional education (IPE) across healthcare programmes using virtual platforms. Her PhD focusses on the design of an IPE virtual simulated placement. Juliana is currently consulting academics across several professions and working with industry partners, to script a virtual avatar for IPE simulations along a care pathway.


Marc Gilbey, Assistant Professor at Coventry University

Marc Gilbey graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2011, and completed an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in 2019.  He is an assistant professor in advanced clinical practice at Coventry University, where he leads the musculoskeletal advanced clinical practice pathway. Marc continues to work clinically within the NHS as an advanced clinical practitioner in an orthopaedic triage unit alongside a role in primary care as a First Contact Practitioner. His main interests are in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic medicine, interprofessional education and innovation. His PhD focusses on the integration of extended reality haptic in healthcare education.  

Marc continues to consult many haptic companies and subject knowledge experts in the development of extended reality environments and haptic interaction. He is currently undertaking a worldwide survey on how healthcare students’, clinician, and educators foresee the potential uses of XR haptics in healthcare education, which will drive forward the virtual user case, build future collaboration and innovation.


Sam Clark, Assistant Professor at Coventry University

Sam is an assistant professor within the Coventry University simulation team. He is an adult nurse with over 20 years of combined experience in healthcare and higher education. Sam’s main role within the simulation team is developing, evaluating, improving, and expanding Virtual Simulated Placement (VSPs), utilising a wide range of IT software programmes. To ensure VSPs are successful Sam collaborates with a wide range of academics across many healthcare professions, service users, students, practice partners and industry partners. Sam is passionate about enhancing Virtual Simulated Placements ensuring they are relevant, stimulating, and realistic to clinical practice.

His research interest includes VSP, respiratory nursing, and shared decision-making, and has been published in nursing/medical journals. Sam is currently undertaking a PhD, this is a mixed-method study exploring shared decision-making in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.


Schedule 2023

You are invited to join us at the ‘Extended Reality Solutions for… ‘webinars dedicated to the following themes:

  • Digital Media, Arts & Humanities – 25 Jan 2023, 3 pm UK/4 pm CET (recording available here)
  • Healthcare Simulation & 5G – 1 March 2023, 3 pm UK/4 pm CET
  • Transport and Mobility – 19 April 2023, 3pm UK/4 pm CET
  • Digital Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 – 31 May 2023, 3pm UK/4 pm CET


About Coventry University

Coventry University is a global, modern university with a mission of Creating Better Futures. We were founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists in 1843 as the Coventry School of Design and we continue to have strong links with the public and private sectors, providing job-ready graduates with the skills and creative thinking to improve their communities.

With a proud tradition of innovative teaching and learning, Coventry University has world-class campus facilities, the UK’s first standalone 5G network and a digital community of learning. Our students are part of a global network with 50,000 learners studying for Coventry University degrees in more than 40 different countries and collaborating with 150 higher education providers worldwide.

In April 2022, we were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, the UK’s most prestigious business award. In recent years, we have won many awards and vastly improved our rankings in the league tables that matter to students – but what matters to us is delivering transformational change for our students, collaborators, and communities around the world as we continue to evolve into a global education group.

Cross-industry collaboration

The Coventry University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is home to one of the largest selections of forward-thinking vocational health and social care courses in the UK. Learning through exploring underpins everything our students do in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University. This approach has secured us a world-renowned reputation for developing exceptional, industry-ready graduates and successful leaders. With over 6000 students enrolled in our faculty, we are committed to this vision of learning through exploration, creating the next generation of health and science leaders.

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