The Keele anatomy department supports the education of medical (including the MBChB course), physiotherapy, nursing, and midwifery students, in addition to the training of surgeons, pharmacists, osteopaths, forensic scientists, operating theatre technicians, and bioscientists. A number of these span across both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The department also facilitates tutor-led training sessions for individuals preparing for postgraduate qualifications such as Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA), West Midlands Air Ambulance Surgical Skills and Acupuncture Association of Charted Physiotherapists (AACP).
The premises are licensed under the Human Tissue Act of 2004, governed by the Human Tissue Authority, under the local responsibility of the Designated Individual (formerly Licensed Teacher of Anatomy). They comprise a large dissecting room, surgical training suite, wet lab, mortuary and embalming facilities. All under the care of the Anatomy Manager, Anatomy Technicians, and Learning Technology Officer.
This modern and spacious laboratory has room for student groups to carry out anatomical examinations simultaneously and also provides facilities for the display of pre-prepared material, models, and posters, as well as areas for teaching and teaching preparation. It also has multiple display screens, two teaching lecterns and an overhead HD camera.
Anatomy, skills and surgical training suites
Opened in 2013 as part of a major extension to the anatomy facility, it is equipped with six stations suitable for surgical training simulation with state of the art audio visual equipment linked to a three-station wet laboratory, seminar room and lecture theatre. This allows for anatomical and surgical training, review and assessment using frozen bodies or body parts. The facility can also accommodate laparoscopic and C-arm imaging as required.
When not in use for Surgical Training the suite is used for other postgraduate courses including Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, and Sports Science and can be used in conjunction with the Undergraduate Dissection Room. The additional wet lab also increases the research capacity for our Intercalated MMedSci course in Anatomy. Read more about our Keele Anatomy and Surgical Training Centre.