We invited all SLaM nursing and inpatient staff to join us for this exciting series of pilot courses using the latest Virtual Reality (VR) and Cross Reality (XR) technology.

Participation helped to inform the development of new experiential training for mental health nurses using XR technology. Our vision is of compassionate nurse-led clinical teams who feel skilled, empowered and connected to reduce the use of restrictive practices and improve the experience and outcomes of service users.

Through creating a VR training package in mental health we will be breaking new ground in the field of mental health education. The range of technologies that will feature in this work include 360 degree videos, use of VR headsets to access the content and the use of smartphone applications to bring immersive training material into clinical and educational environments.

This course was run via Zoom, however, participants used the Virti App to run VR sessions throughout the course of the day.

The learning objectives for the course were:

  • Enhanced skills in the de-escalation of an agitated individual
  • Increased understanding of the patient perspective
  • More compassionate engagement style
  • Better understanding of the mechanisms involved in de-escalation
  • Improved knowledge of useful behaviours/positions to adopt during various types of de-escalation attempt.