CEO Michael Wallace and Dr. Jack Pottle in front of 10 Downing Street

Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) was invited to Number 10 Downing Street in recognition of its 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 (VR). 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 event at Downing Street was organized by the Prime Minister to acknowledge the contribution of organizations and individuals to diabetes care.

OMS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jack Pottle, said: “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 optimize 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.” 

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