Why does Simulation benefit clinical practice?
Simulation is an educational tool which allows people to learn in a safe and supportive environment where it is OK to get something wrong. It is experiential learning in a positive environment.
How does it work?
Learners are able to interact with a patient manikin (or simulated real patient) in a room set out to resemble the relevant clinical environment (ward/ theatre/ anaesthetic room etc). The scenario is observed by other candidates via live camera links. A post scenario debrief immediately follows and enables the group to have a collaborative discussion regarding the observed events. The structured debrief is conducted by a trained facilitator who encourages the particular focus to be made on the human factors and non-technical skills demonstrated during the scenario. The observed behaviours provide a valuable insight into our non-technical skills (e.g. communication, situation awareness, leadership and team working skills). These are all crucial for our ability to provide safe and efficient patient care.
This role offers junior doctors the opportunity to be involved in simulation from organising to facilitating simulation sessions
A growing faculty of staff has been trained in a variety of specialties including A+E, critical care, obstetrics, medicine and surgery. We are keen to encourage new faculty and will help to develop their simulation skills.
KSS Faculty Development
For anyone interested in setting up simulation in their own specialty or becoming faculty on future courses there is a simulation debrief training programme provided by a collaboration of Simulation Leads from KSS. TEACHSimFaculty is a HEKSS (Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex) recognised programme. The programme provides training in technical skills for operating the equipment as well as facilitation and debrief skills. Watch out for updates regarding course details. If you are interested in becoming a trained facilitator please visit www.medisimulation.org