The College aims to be a leader in the effective use of simulation to enhance professional development in order to improve the quality of patient care and inform the design of healthcare systems to support patient safety and staff wellbeing.

Our Simulation Working Group will provide the focus for this work.

Simulation is a proven and powerful tool for learning in healthcare at the level of individual and team-based practice. As a training intervention, it can support and enhance the development of basic or more advanced technical skills and capabilities at all levels of experience. Similarly, it can offer a unique method to identify and rehearse the development of critical non-technical skills for anaesthetists as well as key team working skills and behaviours that underpin effective and safe clinical practice.

This extends to offering unique opportunities to rehearse individual and team performance as preparation for dealing with rare or potentially life threatening events. Simulation also has an important role in the understanding and subsequent application of Human Factors (i.e. systems science) in the workplace to optimise professional practice, system performance and staff well-being within an increasingly complex and resource constrained clinical environment. This can help improve the quality and safety of patient care through studying interactions between technical and non-technical skills and wider work system factors, such as the design of medical devices, information technology, working environments, and the policies and procedures that underpin everyday practice.

The story so far:

  • creation of a simulation working group and regional simulation leads
  • scoping practice and access to resources
  • development of a College strategy relevant to all grades and department.

Simulation Strategy

Lay perspectives on simulation
Members of the Lay Committee recently visited a simulation centre to witness first-hand the benefits of simulation training. Read more about their visit here.

For further information please contact Fiona Anderson.

Podcast of an interview with Bryn Baxendale on the Simulation strategy 

Read the College's simulation Strategy here

A map of the Simulation Leads 

Simulation Leads Map
1. Dr Fiona Warrick North of Scotland 14.

Dr Richard Morse

2. Dr Ben Shippey Tayside 14.

Dr Nicky Calthorpe

3. Dr Michael Moneypenny West of Scotland 15. Dr Nick Wilson East of England
4. Dr Adam Paul South East Scotland 16.

Dr Stephen Snyders

4. Dr Thalia Monro-Sommerville South East Scotland      
5. Dr Mike Morrow Northern Ireland 17. Dr Curtis Whittle Bristol
6. Dr Derek Randles Northern 18.

Dr Nigel Hollister

South West
7. Dr Heather Black and Dr Amit Dawar Mersey 19.

Dr Richard Jee

8. Dr Paul Clements North West 20. Dr Mansoor Sange Kent, Surrey and Sussex
8. Dr Helen Roberts North West 21.

Dr Sarah Chieveley-Williams

Central London
9 Dr Jill Horn Yorkshire & Humber 21.

Dr Chris Sadler

Barts & London
10. Dr Cristina Diaz-Navarro Welsh 21.

Dr Robert Broomhead

South East
11. Dr Richard Morse Stoke on Trent 21.

Dr Nick Gosling

St. George’s
11. Dr Nicky Calthorpe Stoke on Trent 21.

Dr Argyro Zoumprouli

St. George’s

Dr Kevin Haire

12. Dr Myles Dowling East Midlands 21.

Dr Gagandeep Atwal

North London

Dr Richard Morse

Birmingham 21.

Dr Premala Nadarajah

North London

Dr Nicky Calthorpe

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