On Monday, 24th June 2019, Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) was invited to Number 10 Downing Street in recognition of their work to improve care for people with diabetes. The NHS England diabetes team are working with Oxford Medical Simulation to train doctors using virtual reality. Using VR headsets, doctors can now practice in simulated medical emergencies, learning from their virtual mistakes to improve care for patients in the real world.

The OMS virtual reality system is in use across the UK, Europe and North America. The diabetes scenarios, authored with clinical expertise from the NHS and input from patients, are being used in a multi-centre trial across the South of England. 

The event at Downing Street was organised by the Prime Minister to acknowledge the contribution of organisations and individuals to diabetes care. OMS Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jack Pottle, said: 

“It was an honour to be acknowledged by the Prime Minister for our work in improving care for people with diabetes. This recognition is a testament to the outstanding work of the world-leading team at OMS and our dedication to improving the quality and increasing the efficiency of healthcare training. Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology we are enabling healthcare professionals to learn from their mistakes without harming patients. Recognition from Number 10 further drives us in our mission to optimise clinical performance, reduce the cost of training and benefit patients globally.”

Margot James, Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries said: “Oxford Medical Simulation is a great example of the ground-breaking digital companies that the UK is constantly producing, I was hugely impressed when I met the company and tried their technology earlier this year and it’s great that it will now provide training for doctors across the NHS as they treat patients with diabetes.”

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