25th September 2023
Readers may remember that a few months ago, the College was nominated for a prestigious Health Safety Journal ‘Patient Safety Award’ for a student-made virtual reality video that The City of Liverpool College made in collaboration with the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. We knew that it was ground-breaking work, and we were thrilled just to be nominated, but now we have some exciting news to share… We won!
The video project, for those who missed it, was developed as part of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s commitment to enhancing patient experience and took the combined efforts of a team of Therapeutic Radiographers and 80 of our Digital Academy students. The project offers patients a virtual tour of the Radiotherapy Department, helping them feel better informed and prepared for their first appointment.
Patients often experience anxiety about their first appointment, and this VR experience aims to alleviate their concerns by introducing them to the hospital, the Radiotherapy Department, and one of the Radiographers, Tom Cummings, virtually.
Feedback from patients who have seen the video has been overwhelmingly positive, with many mentioning how it helped to put them at ease, and we couldn’t be happier that it’s now in the world doing the work it was designed to do.
But we don’t want to stop here! We hope to expand this initiative to other departments at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool and Trust-wide, with the goal of working with Clatterbridge to further improve the patient experience across multiple departments.
This project not only showcases the impact that passionate and committed students can make whilst they’re at college, but also the cutting-edge, industry-standard facilities the College provides. This project would simply not have been possible without facilities and technologies available to students at our £2.5 million Digital Academy located in the College’s Art Centre campus.
The College wants to extend its heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this project, especially our incredible students. Your dedication and hard work have made a real difference in the lives of cancer patients, and that’s something you can forever be proud of.