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Jersey is pioneering a new way to train doctors and nurses

A specialist computer programme that uses virtual reality is helping them get a much more realistic experience of the world of hospitals Credit: PA

Jersey is pioneering a new way to train doctors and nurses.

A specialist computer programme that uses virtual reality is helping them get a much more realistic experience of the world of hospitals.

The students at the Allan Lab, which is based in Maison Le Pape in St Helier wear headsets to immerse them in a range of medical situations

The lab, which is an immersive digital health technologies research laboratory will let them examine the physical impact of using new highly sensitive biometric equipment.

The work has attracted attention from leading global digital health technology companies, ranging from Apple to IBM, as well as professional organisations including the British Heart Foundation.

Dr Austin Gibbs says the new lab will not only provide world leading heart research, but it will also help attract companies to test and innovate in Jersey.

By engaging-with and attracting health tech companies, both local and overseas, we can help open up the possibility of a new economic sector for Jersey. It gives the digital skills academy and local students valuable work experience embedded with tech companies, as well as the added benefit of attracting and retaining high calibre healthcare staff by offering them truly cutting-edge clinical and academic opportunities.

– Dr Austin Gibbs, Associate Specialist

The main focus of our research is to explore emerging digital health technologies to advance the understanding of heart conditions and to also provide immersive simulation, procedural training and medical education.

– Dr Andrew Mitchell, Consultant Cardiologist

I am delighted that this innovation has been developed which will not only benefit patients but is also showcasing the skills and knowledge of our local expert teams, while helping to put Jersey on the map.

It is an example of great innovation and how digital technology can really link with healthcare. I wish the team every success.

– Minister for Health and Community Services Deputy Richard Renouf