A student-centred approach: the mobile Outreach Skills Clinic for Assessment

21 March 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 6

In the past 3 years, the authors have developed and launched the Outreach Skills Clinic for Assessment (OSCA) at the University of Chester. OSCA has been established to help pre-registrant students overcome practice learning challenges, and particularly to ease the achievement of a range of more challenging proficiencies and skills within the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (2018)Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses.

Using simulation as a learning and assessment strategy, OSCA offers learners an opportunity to experience and practise the realities of professional practice in a controlled and accessible environment. In particular, OSCA aims to embed simulation-based practice learning and assessment opportunities for pre-registration learners across Cheshire and Merseyside. Its self-booking skills clinic enhances existing opportunities for clinical skills development, and provides opportunities for pre-registration learners to be assessed as proficient across a range of skills and sites.

In order to facilitate egality of access, and ensure that students have an extended opportunity to work towards attaining these proficiencies – regardless of whether they are out on placement, or on campus at university – the OSCA clinic is fully mobile. The Digital On Tour outreach bus, which houses the OSCA skills clinic, visits different sites and private, independent and voluntary organisations (PIVOs) weekly. It contains a range of training-based simulation equipment matched to the challenging proficiencies, including cuttingedge augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. To encompass a range of pre-registrant demographics, learners are given the autonomy to choose the nature of their assessment following OSCA workshops; whether this is summative, or formative to further enhance their confidence and skill development.

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