24 Apr 2017

Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub Wins Regional RICS Award

We are delighted that ADP’s design of the Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub (DASH) at the Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington, Northumberland was announced as the winner of the RICS North East Award 2017 in the Infrastructure category. The prestigious awards ceremony was held at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.

The RICS judges said: “The Dinwoodie Centre is a successful, internationally recognised project and has been successful due to its demonstrable outcomes which have exceeded all expectations. Its innovative trialling of new technologies, comprehensive engagement of all stakeholders, and the extraordinary determination of the delivery team made it a standout. Its utilisation of innovation and best practice best practice in a ‘live work’ setting is exemplary and the facility undoubtedly enhances the teaching and learning experience. The facility will make a great contribution to society – ultimately helping to save lives.

Equipped with the latest technology and life-like patient manikins, DASH provides advanced simulation-based training for healthcare professionals and medical students across the region. A ward on the first floor of the Wansbeck General Hospital was refurbished to provide the new facility, which is the largest of its kind in Northumberland.

Simulation-based training is extensively used in the NHS to enable health professionals to practise and gain valuable experience on the most complex situations and procedures in life-like situations, to improve skills and patient safety.

ADP collaborated with the client to ensure the design of the hub did not impact negatively on the everyday running of the live hospital nor on the budget. We worked with the client team to help clearly identify their aspirations and priorities, and to manage expectations.

The new DASH facility has been greatly praised by both the DASH manager and users alike. In the first few months of the unit opening it has been fully booked every week. Departments within Northumbria Healthcare that have used the facility include Sunderland Paediatric department, The Royal College of Surgeons and The Royal College of Medicine. The unit has also attracted interest from The Royal College of Medicine, Health Education and the European Trauma department.

Clinician, Dr Charlotte Bates, said: “The ability to use different rooms to engender different environments for specific group work, the multifunctioning SIM room with ample room in the control room and high tech facilities allowing real-time viewing of simulations and the play back facility adding to the feedback experience, all lead to an unforgettable learning experience.

The project is also shortlisted for a Constructing Excellence Award and the winners will be announced on 28th April.






RICS Award 2017: Infrastructure, Northeast. To see ADP's awards list, please click here.