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Simulation helps Gloucestershire hospitals

Simulation and human factors training are being used in Gloucestershire hospitals to drive improvements.


Gloucestershire hospitals are benefitting from a project that is using human factors and simulation training in a number of areas to develop staff.

Anaesthetist Dr Nicola Stewart from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of a number of simulation fellows working with Health Education England in the south west.

Dr Stewart’s project is looking at how simulation can be used to help better understand the management of emergency situations and update staff on new guidelines.

She is working with colleagues in areas such as main theatres, post-operative recovery, paediatrics, obstetrics and accident and emergency.

During the 12-month project, which will finish in August, she is hoping to work with up to 150 members of staff at all levels. Her project has been supported within the trust by consultant anaesthetist and clinical simulation tutor Dr Joanne Cornes , resuscitation lead Ben King and Nick Oxlade who leads on simulation.

To enable her to reach as many people as possible she has set up a series of short training sessions where colleagues are presented with a simulated problem which they have to demonstrate their management of followed afterwards by a discussion about the issues this raised and how these can best be overcome.

The types of problems posed in the training simulations can include dealing with patients whose airway becomes obstructed while in post-operative recovery, emergency scenarios with children, and effectively dealing with post-birth complications in mothers.

Dr Stewart explained the training programme was already helping the staff taking part to identify improvements, such as finding better ways to store some drugs, that will improve patient care overall through what were often simple changes.

She said: “By doing this type of training we are addressing many issues and as a result many different areas can be improved, both in terms of safety and efficiency.”


This Page was last updated on: 4 May 2016

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