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SentiraXR at the ASPiH Conference 2024

ASPiH Conference 2024, November 3-5 Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Although it may seem far off, SentiraXR is already gearing up for the ASPiH Conference 2024. The event takes place from November 3rd to 5th at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH), established in 2008, has spent the past 15 years evolving and expanding its support for members while fostering relationships with other societies and commercial partners within the simulation community. Throughout its journey, ASPiH has advanced simulation-based education across the UK, Ireland, and beyond. This year’s conference will celebrate these accomplishments and provide a platform for discussing the future of the simulation community.

Speakers at ASPiH 2024

Several distinguished speakers have already been announced for the event. On Monday, November 4th, Professor Steven Yule from The University of Edinburgh will deliver a keynote address titled “How Human Factors Can Contribute to Improvement of Team Performance and Patient Safety”. Professor Yule is Chair of Behavioural Sciences at Edinburgh and leads international innovations in surgical research, human factors and patient safety.

Professor Roger Kneebone will deliver a keynote on “The Transformation of Simulation Over Time”. Professor Kneebone leads the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music–Imperial Centre for Performance Science. His research combines his experiences as a surgeon and general practitioner with his interest in expertise beyond medicine. Since 2019, he has been the fourteenth Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts.

On Tuesday, November 5th, Dr. Claire Kilbride will present the keynote talk, “Simulation in Global Health Partnerships.” Dr. Kilbride is a Senior Clinical Fellow at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. She has extensive experience with Médecins Sans Frontières in various countries and the MSF Field Simulation Team in Barcelona. She currently works with Dharura, a partnership between the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Laikipia County in Kenya, where simulation programs and quality improvement projects are conducted in regional hospitals and clinics.

The conference will also feature an exhibition showcasing leading suppliers in the simulation community. SentiraXR is excited to participate under the ‘New to ASPiH’ sponsorship option.

This year’s ASPiH Conference is a milestone event. It will celebrate past achievements and pave the way for future innovations in simulation-based healthcare education. Early bird tickets are available for ASPiH 2024 until 31st July!

Jeremy Carter joins AI Symposium Panel at the International eAssessment Conference 2024

AI Symposium at the International eAssessment Conference 2024. Sponsored by risr/

Revolutionising Education: The Role of AI in Training, Education, and Assessment

SentiraXR’s CEO Jeremy Carter will join an expert panel at the International eAssessment Conference next week. The panel discussion forms part of the event’s first-ever AI Symposium entitled “Revolutionising Education: The Role of AI in Training, Education, and Assessment.” This panel will explore the integration of AI-simulated standardised actors into educational frameworks, with a focus on skills-based assessments in medical education.

The discussion will feature experts in AI technology, medical education, ethics in technology, and policy-making, providing a comprehensive analysis of the topic.

Panel Agenda:

  • Introduction: Overview of AI applications in education and AI-simulated standardised actors
  • Opportunities: Insights on the benefits and innovations AI brings to educational assessment
  • Challenges: Open discussion on ethical, technical, and practical hurdles in AI implementation
  • Q&A Session: Audience engagement with questions for the panelists
  • Conclusion and Future Directions: Key takeaways and potential steps forward for AI in education

This panel aims to spark a multidisciplinary dialogue on the transformative potential of AI in education. By examining both opportunities and challenges, it hopes to pave the way for the thoughtful integration of AI technologies to enhance learning outcomes, address equity and accessibility issues, and uphold ethical standards in education.

The AI Symposium is sponsored by risr/.

For more details about the International eAssessment Conference, visit SentiraXR eAssessment Conference 2024.

Purchase tickets for the International eAssessment Conference and Awards here.

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The International eAssessment Conference and Awards 2024

eAssessment Conference and Awwards 2024

The SentiraXR team is delighted to be attending the International eAssessment Conference and Awards 2024 this year. The conference will be held at the Hilton London Bankside, a brand-new venue for this prestigious event. This year’s Headline Sponsor is TAO, from Open Assessment Technologies. 

The Premier Digital Assessment Event

The International eAssessment Conference is the world’s leading digital assessment and exams event. Taking place from 11th-12th June, with additional events on 10th June, this year’s conference promises to be bigger and better than ever. Attendees can look forward to an expanded selection of sessions, a greater number of industry suppliers, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Exploring AI in Assessment

One of this year’s conference highlights is the new AI Symposium, sponsored by Risr. This symposium, taking place on 10th June ahead of the main conference, will explore the role of AI in assessment, offering fresh and innovative perspectives. Key topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations of AI
  • AI in Content and Test Development
  • AI and Personalised Assessment
  • AI in Test Security

Focusing on Humanity in Digital Assessment

This year’s conference theme is “Keeping our Humanity in the World of Digital Assessment.” This theme emphasises the importance of user experience in discussions about using technology to enhance learning and assessment.

Join the Conversation

Be part of the conversation that shapes the future of digital assessment, and take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders, innovators, and peers.

Pop the date in your calendar and prepare for an inspiring and insightful event. If you’d like to meet with our CEO, Jeremy Carter, then drop him an email. We look forward to seeing you there!

SentiraXR at Universally Manchester Festival: Experience the Future of VR

Universally Manchester Festival 6-9 June 2024

Next week, the SentiraXR team will showcase our cutting-edge virtual reality experiences at the Universally Manchester Festival, a four-day celebration to mark The University of Manchester’s 200th anniversary. As a proud spin-out company from the University, we’re delighted to take part in this wonderful event.

Festival Overview

The Universally Manchester Festival takes over the University of Manchester campus from Thursday, June 6th to Sunday, June 9th, 2024. This free event is a diverse and dynamic celebration, offering attendees the chance to put together their own unique programme from a variety of activities. From behind-the-scenes tours and salon discussions to music, theatre, comedy, art, poetry, and wellbeing sessions, there’s something for everyone.

Each day will spotlight different themes, from poetry to physics, music to medicine, and computing to creative writing. With more than 150 imaginative and immersive events planned, the festival will transform areas across the campus—labs, concert theatres, outdoor spaces, and the University’s acclaimed cultural venues like the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum—into buzzing hubs of activity.

Celebrating Manchester’s Legacy and Future

Universally Manchester Festival will honour the University’s global impact, celebrating world-firsts, life-changing discoveries, and the rich tapestry of music, art, science, and creativity that Manchester is so rightly proud of. The festival will feature notable figures from the University’s past, present, and future, including renowned physicist and award-winning podcaster Professor Brian Cox, and BAFTA-winning broadcaster, writer, and historian Professor David Olusoga.

Current students and graduates will also have the opportunity to showcase their own creativity and innovative ideas.

What’s On at Universally Manchester

Saturday: Family-Friendly Fun

  • The ever-popular Community Festival returns with insightful performances, interactive activities, and engaging experiences for all ages.

Sunday: The Carnival at Whitworth Art Gallery

  • The Carnival will celebrate art, culture, and community with a one-day program of live performances, free activities for all ages, music, and street food vendors. The Whitworth’s sculpture terrace will be transformed into a vibrant carnivalesque space.

Sunday will also feature events led by the Manchester Histories Festival, offering a unique chance to delve into Manchester’s rich heritage.

Themes of the Festival

Three overarching themes will run throughout the festival, highlighting the University’s dedication to creating a greener, fairer, and healthier world, aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Join Us

We’ll be in Engineering Building A from 10 am on Saturday 8th June and our fun, interactive session is open to anyone aged 13+. To plan the rest of your visit head to the Universally Manchester Festival website. Come and explore the future of virtual reality with SentiraXR and be part of this historic celebration!

Follow the hashtag #UoM200 to keep up to date during the festival!

Clare Hawkins Joins Sentira XR as Strategic Advisor

Clare Hawkins joins SentiraXR as Strategic Advisor

Manchester, 30th April 2024

Sentira XR, a leading innovator in healthcare technology, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Clare Hawkins, former Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, as a Strategic Advisor.

With a distinguished career spanning decades in the healthcare sector, Clare brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role at Sentira XR. During her tenure at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, Clare held several board-level positions, as CEO and previously as the Director of Quality and Governance, where she played a pivotal role in driving organisational excellence, service innovations and improving patient outcomes.

“We are delighted to welcome Clare as a Strategic Advisor,” said Jeremy Carter, CEO of Sentira XR. “Clare’s extensive background in healthcare leadership and her deep understanding of the NHS make her an invaluable addition to our team. Her insights will be instrumental as we continue to innovate and develop solutions that address the evolving needs of healthcare training providers.”

Clare is widely respected for her strategic vision, commitment to quality care, and dedication to driving positive change within the healthcare industry. Her proven success in leading complex organisations and passion for improving healthcare delivery make her an ideal match for Sentira XR. The company focuses on using virtual reality and advanced technologies to improve training and assessment in the medical and healthcare sectors.

“I am excited to join Sentira XR and contribute to its mission of revolutionising healthcare training through innovative technology solutions,” said Clare. “I believe that virtual reality has the potential to transform healthcare training and empower healthcare professionals. I’m look forward to working with the talented team at Sentira XR.” 

Clare Hawkins’ appointment comes at a pivotal time for Sentira XR as the company continues to expand its presence in the medical training market and advance its portfolio of AI and virtual reality simulations. With her wealth of experience and proven leadership capabilities, Clare will play a key role in guiding Sentira XR’s strategic direction and ensuring its training scenarios meet the highest standard of quality and efficacy.

About Sentira XR

Sentira XR is a leading provider of virtual reality simulations for medical and healthcare training. Combining advanced technology and clinical knowledge, Sentira XR creates immersive training experiences to improve the skills of medical and healthcare professionals. Prioritising innovation and collaboration, we aim to transform the future of training in this field.

For media enquiries, please contact: Fran Carter, Advance EdTech LTD

Sentira XR Announces Successful Completion of its Seed Investment Round


Sentira XR, a UK-based provider of medical and healthcare VR simulations, today announces the completion of its seed investment round raising £250 000. The investment capital will be used to support the development of their medical simulations and to launch their go-to-market strategy. Angel investors with expertise from across the edtech field participated in the SEIS funding round. 

Dr Tony Payton and Dr Martin Fergie from the University of Manchester founded Sentira XR to revolutionise the training of healthcare professionals using VR and AI technologies. Experienced edtech leader Jeremy Carter joined them in late 2022 as CEO.

Sentira XR’s simulations allow practitioners to engage in authentic conversations with patient avatars whilst simultaneously carrying out standard processes and procedures. Built-in assessment tools mean that they receive ongoing personalised feedback.

Jeremy Carter CEO Sentira XR

‘It’s a privilege to welcome our seed investors to the Sentira XR family. Their investment and expertise allow us to further develop our VR and AI medical simulations and to launch our go-to-market strategy.

At Sentira XR we bring together, for the first time, conversational AI and practical tasks delivered in a fully immersive VR environment. Practitioners at all levels experience authentic patient interaction while carrying out medical procedures and processes. Medical and healthcare education is developing rapidly with simulated learning taking centre stage.’’ 

About Sentira XR

Sentira XR is a provider of pioneering medical and healthcare simulations. Its transformative VR training uses AI to deliver educational content that is fully immersive, interactive and authentic. This groundbreaking technology dramatically enhances medical and healthcare training. It enables the delivery of engaging training simulations to practitioners anywhere, anytime, while complementing conventional education methods.

For more information visit

Media enquiries: Fran Carter, Advance EdTech Ltd

Business Development: CEO Jeremy Carter 

For more information regarding Sentira projects visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

National Conference on Generative AI in Education at Ulster University

National Conference on Generative AI in Education
National Conference on Generative AI in Education 22-24 January 2024

The SentiraXR team will shortly be heading to Ulster University to take part in the National Conference on Generative AI in Education. The event takes place in person at the University’s Derry~Londonderry campus from the 22nd to 24th January.

We’re delighted to have been asked to present around the use of generative AI to interact with patient avatars. Jeremy Carter and Sentira founder, Dr Tony Payton will discuss our pioneering virtual reality training simulations for medical education and outline our experiences using generative AI NLP.

Following the presentation we’ll host a workshop where participants can see a range of healthcare training simulations that use generative AI in VR. These will include training in medical history taking, tracheostomy and drug delivery. For insight into exactly what we do at Sentira, take a look at our recent showreel.

The National Conference on Generative AI in Education aims to give educators, researchers, teachers or students an understanding of how generative AI is revolutionising learning, teaching and assessment.

The conference boasts an impressive speaker lineup. Delegates can expect a series of fascinating keynotes, talks, discussion panels and workshops on AI. They can learn about the latest, cutting-edge technologies and large language models such as ChatGPT, Bard, Claude 2 and Copilot(s). They’ll gain an understanding of how these tools and natural language processing capabilities enable personalised and interactive learning experiences.

In addition, there’ll be a hackathon on AI + Assessment and networking events with leading academics, researchers and industry experts in this area.

The Garfield Weston Trust funds the National Conference on Generative AI in Education.

Registration is now open. Register early as places are limited.

To follow the conversation around this event use the hashtag #GenAiEdu2024.

AI in Medical Education: A Jisc Webinar

On October 19th, we’ll be taking part in a Jisc webinar that seeks to explore the use of AI in medical education. The session is aimed at anyone working in the field, regardless of whether they have experience using AI.

Educators who have already trained using AI or VR technologies will have the chance to see how Sentira is leading the way in extending this concept.

Attendees new to XR technologies in medical training will see first-hand what is now possible in this area.

Join us for this session where we’ll demonstrate the onboarding, learning and assessment features of Sentira while showcasing our groundbreaking paediatric tracheostomy simulation. We’ll also show how VR and AI can be used to train users in patient history taking and clinical reasoning. Jeremy and Tony will be available after the showcase to answer attendees’ questions.

Book your place for this webinar here.

Sentira to present at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

The Sentira team is proud to have been invited to present at the prestigious Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Founder Dr Tony Payton and Principal VR Developer, Emily Johnstone will speak at the launch of KidsDigiLabz, an initiative recently established within RMCH. KidsDigiLabz forms part of the delivery of their Research & Innovation (R&I) strategy which looks to advance the application of digital technology within children’s healthcare services across Greater Manchester.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has organised the launch event to showcase digital projects that aim to enhance clinical practice, patient experience and research. Visitors to the event can explore the latest advancements in paediatric care through virtual reality, data science, wearable technology and robotics innovation. They will be able to meet the teams behind these innovations and take part in live demonstrations of these groundbreaking technologies.

The event takes place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on September 15th September at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Atrium.

For further information about the event please contact

Countdown to AMEE 2023

AMEE 2023 will be taking place from 26-30 August 2023 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, UK.

A key theme for AMEE 2023 will be  ‘Inclusive Learning Environments to Transform the Future’.

Sophie Soklaridis, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will be among the speakers at this year’s conference. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Family & Community Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, as well as a Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education. Closing the conference will be Rola Ajjawi, Professor of Educational Research at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University, Australia.

Registration is now open for the event and the full programme has been released. Should delegates be unable to attend in person, they can take part remotely. The online programme can be found here.

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