MAHSC Seminar Series: Virtual Reality and Healthcare

Virtual Reality Healthcare

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) is a partnership between The University of ManchesterManchester University NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation TrustSalford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (part of the Northern Care Alliance), and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to unite leading healthcare providers with world-class academics and researchers.

In April 2020, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), part of Health Innovation Manchester, was officially designated by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS England and NHS Improvement up to 2025. The MAHSC Seminar Series showcases the great discovery and clinical science being undertaken within Manchester and its impact on the health of the local population.

The series gives a local platform to the nationally and internationally renowned scientists of MAHSC to share their work with clinical, non-clinical, university colleagues, but also crucially members of the wider community seeking insight into innovations in the delivery of healthcare.

This MAHSC Seminar focused on Virtual Reality and Healthcare and was led by Professor Ralph James MacKinnon, Consultant, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.  Professor MacKinnon is also Clinical Lead of Children’s Resuscitation Service, Major Trauma Service Lead and MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chair.

Prof MacKinnon explains how virtual reality includes a system of simulation that occludes all external visual stimulation. Using a goggle-type apparatus, it allows you to freely look or move around within the virtual environment using normal head and body movements. He also discussed the digital vision for Greater Manchester and how it is being leveraged by the region’s clinical, academic and public assets.

Watch session here:

MAHSC Seminar Series: Virtual Reality & Healthcare

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