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Mr Nick Gurney

Mr Nick Gurney

Clinical Skills Technical Manager

 01392 687242

 Exeter Clinical skills resource centre 19


A technical specialist and a Technical Services manager in Exeter, Nick manages the University's Clinical Skills Resource Centre (ECSRC) there and is responsible for provision of resources for clinical skills teaching. Amongst these, there's a wide range of clinical equipment and consumables, A/V systems, clinical training models, patient manikins and dedicated simulation suites, teaching space and premises.

Nick leads a committed technical team, which prepares and supports Clinical Skills sessions and training courses at the resource centre in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter. His team also runs the Self-directed Learning facilities there, which provide some 62,000 booking spaces every year for medical students to practise the skills they learn.

He helped to establish the CSRC at Exeter in 2002 and he's been able to develop and extend its facilities since then; first, with the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and, more recently, with University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS).

Nick sits on the University's Business Continuity Support Group (BCSG) and on the UEMS Health & Safety Committee, with HSE responsibility for his area and is a member of other operational groups in UEMS and the NHS. With a longstanding background in education and training, he meets and advises students regularly and co-ordinates with colleagues in UEMS, the NHS and external parties.

Nick introduced the concept of the 'simulation suite' at the Medical School, developing the first suite there in 2005. With a wealth of experience in simulation and debrief support, he operates the regular patient-manikin simulation sessions at ECSRC for curriculum teaching in years two to five of the BMBS programme, inter-professional and other programmes, as his specialism.

His particular interests are:


  • Simulation (designing and running effective simulation scenarios that use technology-enhanced simulated environments - with the aim of augmenting these with convincing patient portrayal);


  • Military/extreme environment simulation;


  • Video production as an integrated training tool;


  • Repair, maintenance, testing, management and preparation of medical instruments and clinical training equipment.



BSc(Hons), PGCE, MIScT



Supervision / Group

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