The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP). The 34,000 square foot building features mock hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, creative teaching spaces and specialist equipment, providing our students with the knowledge and skills required for a dynamic career in nursing, paramedicine and healthcare.
Dynamic clinical skills facilities
The ground floor of the centre is dedicated to clinical skills teaching facilities which incorporate the latest technology to create simulated practice scenarios for students within the University setting.
Mock hospital wards and healthcare settings
Our mock hospital wards and domestic flat setting support students to learn how to care for people in real-life settings to complement their experience on placements in local health services. Equipped with hospital beds, industry equipment and lifelike patient mannequins which can be robotically controlled using a hand-held device to simulate a range of patient symptoms, illnesses and scenarios you may experience in a real hospital.
Counselling and consultation rooms
We have dedicated spaces where our students can learn in a variety of scenarios, from allied health and neonatal care to mental health.
Virtual reality wall
A virtual reality room enables lecturers to create a wide range of health care situations for students to practice their skills for their professional role, such as a motorway crash scene, school playing field or train station. This engaging space allows students to practice what they could be faced with in the roles that they go into during placements and throughout their career following graduation.
High-tech classrooms and creative spaces
Classrooms are technologically enabled with the ability to stream across different rooms and floors allowing lecturers to demonstrate complex skills to different groups. The Health & Allied Professions Centre has a range of collaborative spaces for student centred teaching approaches.
The building has also been designed with a range of different social study spaces to enable students to connect with each other, socialise and have practical places to study. The focus on collaborative spaces supports IHAP’s growing research and practice focused innovations.
Contemporary registered healthcare professionals are required to be dynamic and flexible. As well as providing compassionate care, they need to be able to think critically, make complex decisions and lead. Active and creative educational approaches are known to help develop these skills.
Dr Anne Felton, Head of the Institute of Health and Allied Professions
The HAP Centre has been built in line with our Sustainable Construction Policy and is on track to receive its BREEAM Excellent Post Construction Certificate demonstrating its sustainable features. Some of which include the solar PV array on the building rooftop; the energy efficient air source heat pumps and the mechanical heat recovery system. Investment into renewable technologies and consideration of all environmental impacts of a new building (e.g. waste management, sustainable transport, biodiversity and water) are a fundamental aspect of NTU’s Reimagined Strategy Embracing Sustainability strand and working towards our Net Zero Carbon targets.