ASPiH UK 2015 Brighton Opens With Keynotes on Value of Different Simulation Settings & Patient Experiences

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Today in Brighton, England the first full day of the 6th annual Association for Simulated Patients in Healthcare event opened with two powerful keynote addresses for an audience of over 500 simulation champions from around the UK and the world. HealthySimulation was on hand to video record these keynotes which will be made available in the near future.

The Value of Different Simulation Settings was the first keynote presentation given by Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals and former Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, State of Western Australia. Catherine has held positions in both the Australian State and Commonwealth Governments. She has held executive management roles and senior clinical nursing positions across Tertiary, General and Rural Australia including the Executive Director of Nursing across WA Country Health Service and the Regional Director for the Kimberley.Catherine has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Master of Science (Project Management), Master of Business Administration.

The presentation spoke about the Australian context of Simulation, global factors, and generational differences and explored the benefit of alternate simulation models from the organizational leadership perspective and how through case studies within the context of rural and remote health in Western Australia.

This presentation also explored examples where a range of simulation options such as actors, and the public have been used when there is limited access to clinical support and patient populations. These simulation tools have been utilized to develop and refine training opportunities for health professionals who are often isolated which is of individual and organizational concern. Reflection on events such as coronial enquiries, using the general public to develop health assessment skills and utilising remote emergency department monitoring for both teaching and management of clinically deteriorating patients in an educationally supportive environment have been implemented in remote Western Australia.

Catherine reminded us of strategic considerations:


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  • Breath of impact – how does it align with the trusts goals
  • Inter-professional transferability caters across ed levels
  • Resource impact
  • Intellectual property – impact on partners
  • Setting standard and link to competence
  • Responsiveness, ie never events.

Catherine’s final thoughts on Simulation included:

Utilization of TEL is ultimately affected by multiple factors with the purpose of education, content of need, professional group using the service, acceptability of new and emerging tools. She shared with us that TEL is now a fundamental pillar and that remaining contemporary is the challenge.

The second keynote address was provided by Iain Upton BSc MSc FCIPD on a Patient’s Experience of the NHS. 

Iain’s presentation explored the gap between reality and simulation, from a unique patient perspective. In his recent work with Health Education England, he regularly discovers similarities between military and medical environments – the world of simulation is vital to both. He shared the reality of an environment where severe cranial nerve damage is a 24/7 issue and poses some challenges to the world of medical simulation about their approach to reality. Iain’s story was very personal and poignant but this presentation was unarguably pertinent and appropriate.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!


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