Artistic rendering of the Centre for Health Innovation

Centre for Health Innovation

A state-of-the-art £5.8 million Centre for Health Innovation powered through the Government’s Getting Building Fund incorporating sector-leading clinical simulation and immersion suites. 

Project Summary

Project: Centre for Health Innovation 
Project Location: Stafford Centre of Excellence for Healthcare Education 
Project Value: £5.8m (with £2.89m from the SSLEP Getting Building Fund)
Project Start Date: October 2020
Project Status: Complete

Project story

Designed in collaboration with industry experts and funded through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) Getting Building Fund, this exciting new 1242sqm facility will include a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre.

The facility aims to meet modern demands and challenges in the sector, meaning that students, healthcare professionals and start-up businesses, will have the chance to immerse themselves in the latest medical techniques and methods.

Using advanced VR and AR technology, the Centre for Health Innovation will facilitate opportunities to explore and develop new patient safety techniques through cutting edge digital simulation and immersion suites.

This ground-breaking approach will enhance the digital capability of the emerging healthcare workforce helping to position the UK at the forefront of patient safety and positioning Staffordshire at the heart of driving the Digital Health agenda forwards. The centre will help support over 500 skilled nurses, midwives and allied health professionals supplementing the NHS workforce per annum.

The facility is part of £23.7 million government investment which was made available to 11 ‘shovel ready’ projects across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. These projects will support the LEP area’s recovery from COVID-19 under the LIS strategy and its implementation and renewal plan.

The exterior of the brand new atrium at the Centre for Health Innovation.

The entrance to the simulation suites.

Inside the brand new atrium featuring a variety of informal collaborative and social spaces.

A simulation space dressed as a mock living space environment.

The new atrium, featuring a variety of informal collaborative and social spaces.

One of the large simulation spaces in action simulating a road traffic accident.

Spaces can be adapted to suit different scenarios. This space features a children’s ward simulation.

Key Features 

  • Brand new atrium
  • Outdoor Simulation Space
  • Simulation Suite
  • Large Simulation Space
  • Life-Like Clinical Simulation
  • Emergency Department Simulation Space
  • Ward Simulation Space
  • Debrief Space
  • Control Room 

These exciting new facilities will enable existing and future healthcare professionals to fully immerse themselves in the world of digital healthcare, helping them to develop novel digital skills and advanced clinical techniques.

Andrew Proctor

Pro Vice-Chancellor – Digital

Law Course Introduction

Centre for Health Innovation - Groundbreaking Event


Staffordshire University has broken ground on a brand-new Centre for Health Innovation, located at the institution’s Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education, Stafford.

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Law Course Introduction

New £5.8m Centre for Health Innovation opens in Stafford


The Centre offers a series of flexible and immersive simulation spaces designed to enhance clinical competency and the learning experience for students.

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