Fundamental VR education platform becomes part of South West London training programme

FundamentalVR has announced its education surgical platform Fundamental Surgery is now part of the curriculum for the South West London Registrar Orthopaedic Training Programme.

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the latest London hospital to adopt the VR and haptic simulation system for spine and orthopaedic training. The simulation system has been installed within the GAPS Centre (St George’s Advanced Patient Simulation and Skills Centre) and was used in a recent South London Deanery training day on hip arthroplasty.

Omar Sabri, consultant at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and lead consultant on the integration into the program said: “We are thrilled to have integrated Fundamental Surgery into the GAPS Centre and to have also had the group of orthopaedic trainees go through the program, experiencing the Posterior Approach Total Hip Replacement (PTHR) on the machine for the first time.

“Through this integration, trainees can now demonstrate the skills they’ve learned by using this technology and have it reflected in their educational portfolio and Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project. This along with the Royal College approval are just the start for Fundamental Surgery’s platform and the team’s effort to integrate it into all surgical training programs across the country.”

With the integration, the trainees at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust can use the Fundamental Surgery platform to test and hone their skills. Through the platform’s live dashboard, the trainees and their professors can review their performances and scores achieved, allowing both parties to visualise their progression with all aspects of the training module.

Richard Vincent, CEO at FundamentalVR said: “We are thrilled to be working with such a prestigious teaching hospital. Our education platform has tremendous long-term potential for enhancing surgical training throughout the NHS, in the pursuit of better patient outcomes.

“The implementation is further proof that our haptic simulations provide a virtual environment that can help provides access and aid training development.”

The Fundamental Surgery platform was launched in August 2018. It combines virtual reality (VR) with haptics to create a ‘flight simulator’ experience for trainee and qualified surgeons, allowing them to experience and navigate the same visuals, sounds and feelings they would during a real surgical procedure.


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