The establishment of a skills laboratories network in the health sector has been completed

21 October 2022

The National Healthcare Service Center, the University of Debrecen, the University of Pécs, and the University of Szeged have established a national skills laboratories network in the frame of a consortium partnership: the practical training of diagnostic, therapeutic, and life-saving interventions in a simulation environment has become available in the three university centers and the sixteen county teaching hospital laboratories, as it was announced at the project's closing event on 20 October in Debrecen.

According to the University of Debrecen, the project aims to increase patient safety and the efficiency of health professional training by making the practice of simulation skill training common in the whole spectrum of Hungarian medical education and in health professional training. The project was implemented in the frame of the Széchenyi 2020 Program, with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with a total budget of HUF 13.5 billion.  

University clinics and healthcare institutions did not have a modern and systematically organized clinical demonstration base network for the practical training of doctors and health professionals before. To overcome this, the need to create a network of skills laboratories that can be applied in the healthcare system across the country and help minimize geographical, social, and economic differences has been identified; they also added that the necessity and significance of the establishment of skills laboratories were reinforced by the most pressing health challenge of our time, the emergence of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Three university skills centers (Debrecen, Pécs, Szeged) and 16 teaching hospital skills laboratories have been established. A key element of the project was the development and implementation of a standardized training program to establish methods for monitoring and quality assurance. A methodological handbook, methodological manuals, and educational videos also facilitate the transfer of knowledge in practical training.

“For the first time in Europe, a national network of skills laboratories has been set up, which will also provide opportunities for international networking in the field of research and development," according to the communication. The skills laboratory is a facility equipped with simulation tools where doctors and healthcare professionals, medical students, and participants in healthcare specialist training can practice patient care in a realistic environment, where they can learn about diagnostic, therapeutic, and life-saving interventions in a state-of-the-art environment with high-quality equipment.