The Royal Society of Medicine and Bodyswaps Research Programme

Discover the potential of immersive learning in healthcare at no cost to your institution as part of the RSM and Bodyswaps Research Programme, exclusive to RSM members.

Overview of the Project

In 2023, The Royal Society of Medicine and Bodyswaps collaborated to create the immersive learning module Navigating Angry Conversations. Leveraging the expertise of Dame Lesley Fallowfield, this module equips healthcare practitioners and students with the soft skills necessary to enhance patient-staff communication, improving outcomes for all.

Now, Bodyswaps and RSM are launching a research programme to measure the impact of immersive learning within the healthcare sector. Join this initiative to get free access to innovative simulation technology for soft skills training.

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The Benefits

Each successful institution will receive a VR headset (Meta Quest 2) and free access to Bodyswaps’ healthcare modules for three months. These include:

  • Navigating Angry Conversations with Patients (Partnered with RSM)
  • Equity and Anti-Racism in Global Healthcare
  • The Mental Health Practitioner
  • Communicating in a Person-Centred Way: Getting to Know Each Individual
  • Communicating in a Person-Centred Way: Acting with Empathy

You'll also be supported along your journey by Bodyswaps' dedicated Customer Success team to ensure a successful deployment.

Fill out our application form below for your institution to be considered. Deadline for applications is 27th March 2024.

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“The immersive nature of VR creates a safe and controlled environment where doctors can experiment, learn from their mistakes, and receive detailed feedback.”
Lesley Fallowfield
Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield
Director of Psychosocial Oncology, University of Sussex

What is Bodyswaps?

We are a leading provider of immersive AI simulations for soft skills training, offering a variety of modules across healthcare, further and higher education, and enterprise. 

Soft skills are increasingly in demand, especially in healthcare where pressures upon staff are reaching record highs. Our experiential learning helps healthcare staff and students to enhance their interpersonal skills to improve patient outcomes.

The Research

Users within the successful institutions will be asked to complete a survey before and after engaging with our modules on the programme, with the aim of testing the impact of immersive learning on healthcare education. 

As a part of the research, we’ll also require access to in-app data to evaluate further the efficacy of the learning.

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Research Objectives

We have two primary objectives for this research:

  • To measure learner acceptance for communication training in healthcare; focusing on immersion, comfort levels, engagement rates, and potential challenges.
  • To compare immersive learning to in-person and other forms of digital learning.
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The Flight Simulator for Soft Skills

In our immersive, realistic simulations, learners can safely practice soft skills with AI-boosted virtual humans, self-reflect by swapping perspectives, and get hyper-personalized performance feedback.
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AI-Powered Coaching

We leverage the latest advances in generative AI to offer personalised learning journeys and deep multi-faceted performance feedback.
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Bodyswaps Go Dashboard

Seamlessly configure your account, oversee content and learner management, create engaging classes, and effortlessly monitor performance, all within a unified interface.

What people say.

"Bodyswaps jumped out to me because they had a lot of scenarios that could be used by a lot of different people in a lot of different roles. Even in the first sort of foray into testing, one of our GPs said this would be great in this circumstance. This would be great in a different circumstance. So we could easily see that it could be used in many different settings for many different roles."
Liz Leggott
NHS Clinical Entrepreneur & Project Manager for the Innovation Centre, South Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub
of learners report improvement in their confidence to apply the simulated soft skills in real situations.
"In terms of the the overall experience, it's the fact that it felt like a safe space in which to practice and and try techniques. It's just very different to what we're used to. Normally, the simulation is in person, big audience watching you, because you got to take it in turns. It felt very different."
Dr Nabeel Alsindi
GP & Place Medical Director, Doncaster/SY ICB
of learners report improvement in their self-awareness and knowledge of how to improve their skills.
"VR training is important for healthcare professionals because it's becoming increasingly challenging to try and get placements in hospitals and general practice. What this does is provide a bridge where they're able to experience a wide variety of things because the problems that you have with traditional placements is you don't know what you're going to come up with. Whereas with VR, you can try as many different scenarios as you want to help develop and build your own personal experience and portfolio, which then can be translated into real day practice."
Javidul Islam
Physician Associate Preceptorship Lead & Educator, South Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub
of learners would recommend Bodyswaps to their colleagues over traditional training.

Application Form

Thank you for your interest but applications have now closed.

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