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Simulation training extended to new teams

A human factors and simulation project has delivered training to around 170 healthcare staff at hospitals in Cornwall.


The aim of the initiative at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust was to work with medical teams that did not already use this as a way to improve services.

This type of staff development was already well established in departments such as anaesthetics, emergency medicine and paediatric medicine and human factor and simulation fellow Dr Dan Wilding wanted to engage with other teams within the trust. The drive to expand the trust’s simulation work was led by Consultant Anaesthetist and Simulation Lead Roger Langford.

Dr Wilding worked closely with colleagues in acute, respiratory and geriatric medicine to establish this approach within these teams and to overcome issues such as extensive caseloads and unpredictable clinical demands to find time to enable staff to undertake this type of training.

Through this engagement they were able to develop and establish a range of simulation-based training exercises for these teams.

Dr Wilding explained: “We worked with teams and looked at the current training and what is useful for them and then gauged how to best support them.”

During the past 12 months they have delivered a series of an hour-long sessions made up of a 20-minute scenario followed by a 30 to 40-minute debrief for teams of up to six members of staff including healthcare assistants, nurses and doctors.

They used both mannequins and live models to act out various situations such as a patient who had collapsed in a hospital bathroom and patients with sepsis whose condition was deteriorating.

“We helped increase staff understanding of how to better undertake an assessment of an unwell patient, increased understanding of how to escalate and communicate with colleagues and how to act when a patient is deteriorating,” said Dr Wilding.


This Page was last updated on: 13 July 2016

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