Technical Skills Lab (TSL)

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Our Technical Skills Lab is supported by NANIME

The Technical Skills Laboratory (TSL) Room 8, located next to the Library, is a specialised clinical teaching resource, used to facilitate and enhance the Trust's "Skills Training" Programme. The TSL's specialist training equipment and technical support is funded by NANIME.

Courses/Training held within the TSL cover a wide range of Surgical, Medical and Dental areas.

The Lab Newsletter

A fortnightly look at what's happening in NANIMES Technical Skills Department

Issue 5: 19/02/21

Core Surgical Training (Stoma Course) – 01 April 2021

Core Surgical Trainees booked out the lab to run a STOMA course. Irshad Shaikh (Consultant in General Surgery) taught a group of 8 CSTs the procedures of suturing the bowel to the outside wall of the abdomen.

A pig’s belly and small intestines were used to simulate that of patients.

Stoma Surgery creates a small opening on the surface of the abdomen in order to divert the flow of faeces or urine from the bowel or bladder. The waste is then collected instead in a stoma bag, which is a pouch made from a soft, waterproof material.

University Technical College Norwich (UTCN) Visit

Following on from our drive to promote the skills lab and what NANIME has to offer, we hosted a group of students from Norwich’s UTCN (University Technical College Norwich) who will be working towards a new qualification (BTEC Applied Science Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science). A few manikins and the laparoscopic trainers were used to give them an insight into what we do at the Trust and the skills they can pick up if they decide to further their careers here.

Human Factors Course (Centrum Sim Suite) – 11 March 2021

The Human Factors hub event was attended by Foundation doctors from NNUH and the Eastern Anglian region.

The junior doctors participated in a mixture of interactive activities and discussions on how human factors is incorporated into the medical profession and the impact in the profession.

Eyesi Ophthalmology Simulator

The Eyesi Simulator was Installed in the Technical Skills Lab during the week. It is a high-fidelity virtual reality simulator for intraocular surgery training. The highly realistic simulation of cataract and vitreoretinal procedures increases the residents’ surgical experience without the risk of complications for the patients.

Stuart Malone Retires

Unfortunately we had to say farewell to Stuart Malone (Technical Skills Manager) who retired on the 17th March after 17 years of service with NANIME. Chris Bligh will be moving over from the Med School to take up a new role within the Technical Skills Department. Contact details below..

Equipment Spotlight

Chest Drain and Needle Decompression Trainer

Skills Gained:

1. Needle decompression of a tension pneumothorax (at both the 2nd and 5th intercostal space).

2. Open or cut-down chest drain insertion: recognition of correct position, surgical incision, blunt dissection through chest wall, perforations of pleura and finger sweep.

3. Suture of tube to chest wall.

4. Ultrasound-guided chest drain insertion (Seldinger-type), including insertion of needle under direct vision and ultrasonic recognition of chest structures.

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    • Basic Surgical Skills
    • Laparoscopic Training
    • Orthopaedic Fixation
    • Chest Drain Placement
    • Department Induction/Training
    • Gynae Cyst/Ectopic Training
    • Foundation/CST Training


    • Endoscopy Training
    • Lumber Puncture Training
    • Paracentesis Training
    • Ultrasound Scanning
    • IV Cannulation
    • ABG Training
    • Foundation/CMT Training
    • Midwifery Training
    • HCA Training


    • Restorative Crown & Bridge
    • Endodontics
    • Nurse Training/Extended Duties
    • Foundation Dentists Training
    • Periodontal Training
    • Occlusion Training
    • Rubber Dam Placement
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