CAE Healthcare Supports Development of Simulation Impact Tool with Leeds Beckett

Nurse academic works on tool to measure student learning

Nursing Times recently covered how CAE Healthacre is supporting the development of a tool that calculates the impact of a student’s simulated encounter with a patient with UK based Leeds Beckett University!

Ann Sunderland, director of clinical skills and simulation at Leeds Beckett University, has been selected to work with Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) Healthcare to develop a tool that calculates the impact of a student’s simulated encounter with a patient.

The project, Patient Impact Scoring, will build on Ms Sunderland’s PhD research, which centers around the impact of simulation-based education on patient outcomes. CAE Healthcare’s existing system in the university’s clinical skills suite is equipped with 13 cameras, including four mobile cameras, that allows educators to assess activity. Ms Sunderland will compare the effects on patient outcomes in relation to both simulation-based and scheduled learning activities in postgraduate students.


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She will then work with CAE Healthcare programming experts in the US to develop a tool for calculating a score that reflects the overall impact of the student’s encounter with a patient – either a lifelike mannequin or simulated patient – during a simulated scenario.

Ms Sunderland, a nurse by background, said: “Simulation has become firmly embedded in healthcare education over the last few decades as there is overwhelming evidence to support its effectiveness. “Simulation-based education offers targeted learning experiences where knowledge, skills and attitudes can be learned and refined within a safe and supportive environment,” she noted. “The ability to replicate specific clinical scenarios with immersive and interactive participation from learners – both individuals and teams – is a powerful tool with which to enhance technical and non-technical skills, as well as being a useful method of assessment,” she said.


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Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre Seeks Simulation/Medical Education Fellow

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SAIL is seeking Simulation Fellows!

Applications are invited for appointment to a Simulation/Medical Education Fellow placement. This unique post offers an exciting opportunity for Specialty Registrars to develop their experience and skills as medical educators. The Fellowship provides an out of programme experience for a period of 12 months attached to the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre within Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

St Thomas’ has a central London location with stunning views across the Thames to the Houses of Parliament, is next to the London Eye and the arts complex of the South Bank. There is easy access to major transport links.

The post-holder will have an educational supervisor, funding towards a relevant course, an expectation of participation in project work and encouragement and practical help to produce a poster presentation or publication. Support and training will also be given to help the post-holder develop key management skills which are important for a future Consultant role.

The Trust has a number of centrally located subsidised accommodation options. The post-holder may participate in a senior trainee rota dependent on their specialty. Applicants must hold full registration with the GMCClosing date: 23/01/2017, by midnight.

Iqarus Provides Fully Immersive Live Action Combat Medicine Training Center in UK

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Imagine walking into a building in UK and instantly being transported to a combat zone in Iraq. Well, with Iqarus training center that is now possible as they just opened a fully immersive environment with live actors in Hereford, UK. It’s like a real life haunted house!

A new training centre which can replicate a medical emergency in a Middle Eastern street has been opened in Hereford, in collaboration with the film studios which are responsible for the James Bond franchise. The Immersive Training Centre has been opened at Rotherwas and combines replicated street scenes, professional actors, sound, weather and other special effects to allow front-line medical professionals to be put through their paces in high-risk, high-pressure situations.

Iqarus, a global provider of intelligent health solutions in remote and difficult operating environments, has designed the centre with Pinewood Studios, which is home to the Bond films. The 8,000 sq.ft of dynamic simulation space can be used to create bespoke training environments, with any scenario, anywhere in the world. Facilities include:

  • Desert, jungle and arctic training rooms with simulated weather conditions and sound effects
  • A street scene with collapsed, two-story building, with explosive special effects, dust and smoke
  • A changeable street scene which transports users from Europe to the Middle East, and beyond
  • A burnt-out building with collapsed upstairs and flooding area
  • Realistic home structure with false wall, escape hatch and tunnel
  • Area for road traffic collision simulation
  • Stereo surround speakers with four sound zones
  • State-of-the-art cameras and a two-way communications system allowing trainees to work independently, without the support or intrusion of an instructor
  • Professional actors and accurate and realistic prosthetics
  • Overhead drones and HD CCTV throughout.

Learn more at the Iqarus Training Center Website!


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Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Updates

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A few updates from our friends at ASPiH!

The 2016 ASPiH UK November Bristol Conference Agenda Brochure has been posted, with keynote announcement by Dr. John Vozenilek MD, FACEP. Chief Medical Officer Jump Simulation and Education Centre University of Illinois. This is a multidisciplinary conference focusing on the latest research, technologies and applications of simulated practice 15th-17th November 2016 at the Mercure Grand Hotel in Bristol.

ASPiH and the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) are pleased to announce a series of co-designed one day workshops to help illustrate and enhance the integration of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) methodologies within health care education and delivery.

Thursday 29th September 2016 – Glasgow Crowne Plaza
Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Bristol Mercure Grande

Each event will feature presentation of different case studies to enable participants to consider the techniques used in more depth and gain an appreciation of the application of HFE across a range of health care contexts and purposes. We are in discussion with CIEHF regarding options for publishing a report or summary paper that will feature selected case studies for wider circulation to policy makers, regulators, commissioners, and professional bodies in healthcare.

Finally, membership to the ASPiH website has been upgraded with the following opportunities:

  • Discounted registration fee at the annual ASPiH Conference
  • Discount with selected affiliate organisations
  • Subsidised fees at selected UK regional events
  • Reduced rates for ASPiH delivered or supported training courses
  • Reduced subscription rate for the BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Journal
  • Opportunity to be involved with ASPiH Special Interest Groups (SIGS) relevant to expertise/speciality
  • Eligible for being invited to Chair positions in SIGS and for membership of the Executive committee
  • Opportunity to promote job vacancies free of charge on the ASPiH website
  • Communications Receive direct email notices and quarterly e-Newsletter from ASPiH
  • Receive the ASPiH Annual Report summarising the Associations’ member-driven activities and key initiatives
  • Connect with other members and experts via our community

Visit ASPiH’s website for more great resources from UK’s leading Simulation Organization!

Plymouth University Pennisula Offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Simulation & Pt Safety

post graduate healthcare simulation masters diploma certificate

Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This three year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Explore an in-depth range of simulation-based learning techniques and be equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct your dissertation. Be primed with the advanced knowledge and understanding to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety in your workplace.

In your first year, you’ll explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve patient safety and quality of care through enhanced learning. You’ll also advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and the application of these to your own workplace. You’ll be introduced to the role of human factors and develop a critical understanding of the current state of patient safety within healthcare and examine strategies to improve it.

In your second year, you’ll be provided with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. You’ll also explore the physical and psychological links between organisations, employees and their work environment and how the concept of human factors influences the way we work. The use of simulation for training and assessment of human factors will be integral to the module.

Key Program features

  • Your learning journey – this three year masters programme will be delivered part-time following a one day induction event which covers masters level learning, the Managed Learning Environment, library resources and the programme structure, aims and outcomes. The programme will include four taught modules, plus the dissertation, totalling 180 credits.
  • Alternatively, choose to study full time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
  • Develop an understanding of the factors involved in quality improvement strategies and their evaluation using outcomes related to patient safety.

Learn more at the Plymouth University Peninsula Simulation Pages!


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7th Annual ASPiH UK Simulation Conference Opens Registration!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) UK meeting! This is the 7th annual event from the innovative leaders of healthcare simulation support in the United Kingdom.

Key Event Info:
Mercure Grand Hotel
Bristol, UK
Nov. 15th-17th 2016

Speakers confirmed include Professors:

  • Charles Vincent Patient Safety Lead Oxford
  • Wendy Reid Medical Director HEE
  • Brendan McCormack Head of Division of Nursing Aberdeen.
  • Ed Piele Professor Emeritus in Medical Education University of Warwick

Opening Keynote Address

Dr. John Vozenilek  MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer Jump trading Simulation and Education Centre University of Illinois will be providing the Opening Keynote address.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Simulation for the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, “Dr. Voz” was the Director of Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning program for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University where he provided central coordination and oversight for the undergraduate, graduate, interdisciplinary, and continuing medical education programs.

Under his direction, the medical school created additional organizational capabilities and infrastructure, building resources for educators who wish to use additional innovative learning technologies for teaching and assessment, measuring success with patient-based outcomes research. In May of 2008, Dr. Vozenilek co-chaired the first Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – sponsored national consensus conference on using simulation research to define and develop clinical expertise. In his work at Northwestern he served as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Research and its Center for Patient Safety, and continues to teach within its master’s degree program in health care quality and safety.

Learn more & Register at the ASPiH 2016 Event Page today!

Abstract Submission Deadlines for SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Summer Events End Soon!

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Sim Champs! The time is almost here to submit your courses for SimGHOSTS Summer events taking place around the World! Get discounted registration to your regional event by being accepted to present at the meeting. Highlight your program success stories and support your community by submitting awesome content today!

Due Dates:

USA – February 1st Extended Until February 8th!

AUS – February 8th

UK – February 15th

We are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Podium Presentations (20 minute, 50 minute or 110 minute lecture with photos, videos and demos)
  • Workshops (2 – 4 hour hands-on training course)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)

 SimGHOSTS topic categories for all events are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology

They are also looking for presentations in VR, augmented reality, patient safety, and other specialized simulation technologies in 2016!

Presentations can be of varying length: 20, 50 or 110 minutes; or a 4-hour workshop. They are looking for content that covers many experience levels, from Beginner to Advanced.Accepted 20 minute proposals earn presenter a $25 discount on event registration. 
Accepted 50 or 110 minute proposals earn a $50 discount for one of the presenter(s).
Accepted 4-hour workshops earn a $50 discount for up to 3 presenters.

Presentation Proposal Links by Event:

SimGHOSTS 2016: Australia

SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2016

SimGHOSTS 2016: USA


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ASPiH UK Day 2 Speaks to Safety in Healthcare & Lessons from the Aviation Industry

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Today in Brighton UK, day 2 of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare annual meeting was kicked off by Peter McCulloch Professor of Surgery at the University of Oxford, and co-director of the Patient Safety Academy, who spoke on safety in healthcare.

He started by sharing his indoctrination as a surgeon in the 1980s with strict guidelines and responsibilities, especially after errors. He found in reality though blame is rarely accepted and incorporated. Peter then reminded us of several major accidents which demonstrated a common theme: that error occurs in multiple areas before disaster strikes reflecting:

  • There was no “root cause”, there was multiple causes.
  • There was no single person who acted outrageously
  • The contributing factors were very varied
  • Miscommunication and confusion about responsibility
  • Extraneous stressors impacting on judgements

He suggested that “the tip of the iceberg is not the most important part, the cumulative risk rises as a function of independent errors.” How then, do we prevent errors? Peter suggests we need to look not at salient points but as the system as a whole. This requires us to rationalize work systems with risk designed out, continuous monitoring with instant feedback on error, a trained and motivated workforce, and systems for ongoing evolutions of improvement changes. While difficult to provide, such explorations will provide clarity of responsibility, resilient workforce, standardized of work systems, and additional measurement tools.

What works?

  • Feedback – Given rapidly, specifically, and accurately. As well, it can be incentivized by anonymous competition, but must be supported opportunities to improve.
  • Checklists – promote clear structured communication but need to be co-designed by an educated workforce.
  • Team work training – Promoting culture and effective communication
  • QI – Utilizing a lean model for continual improvement adjustments.

Peter’s team has done research which has demonstrated dramatic results when crm and lean qi were combined as intervention. Challenges that remained for improvement were lack of time, space, expertise, attitudes, and management buy-in.

He concluded that we need an implementation strategy for change management when trying to improve healthcare education which includes diffusion of innovations, advertising psychology, interpersonal strategy, and incentives for change. He closed reminding us what simulation can do here: technical training, non-technical skills training, crisis proofing, and training in QI.

Afterwords, Dr Stephen Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at EuroControl spoke on European Air Traffic Control, A High Reliability Industry 

Stephen suggested that the notion of safety culture emerged from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, and has resulted in a mass of research and practical interventions, both small and large, in many industrial sectors. Recent thinking has, however, been increasingly critical of the concept and the value of safety culture research and practice. At the same time, practitioners’ experience on the ground is that the concept remains useful and relevant for various practical reasons. The middle ground may be that our ideas about safety culture need to adapt, both theoretically and practically, in several ways. This talk explored the notion of cultures of safety, outline some traps in safety culture work, and reflect on practical experience gained from over 30 European countries, from one of the world’s biggest safety culture programmes.

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

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:

  • 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!

Heading to ASPiH UK 2015!

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HealthySim is heading to England for the annual Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare event! We can’t wait because this is definitely one of the best healthcare simulation conferences out there. HealthySim & SimGHOSTS Founder will be there along with SimGHOSTS Executive Director James Cypert. Connect with us via email if you would like to connect during the event!

Top 5 Things HealthySim Will Be Covering at ASPiH:

1. INSPIRATIONAL RENOWNED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Over the last 6 years the ASPiH Annual Conference has established itself as the major UK simulation based education event, bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience involved in simulated practice and technology enhanced learning.

2. AN INCREDIBLE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME The main programme commences at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd November. Plenary lectures, expert panels, and roundtable discussions will stimulate and inspire to consider how you can improve your own areas of practice. In addition there will be an expanded TECH ROOM with a packed programme across the 3 days.

3. FUN SOCIAL and NETWORKING PROGRAMME From the FREE opening reception in the Exhibiton Hall on Tuesday 3rd September to the Brighton Beach Party and Networking Buffet on the Wednesday Evening, we build on our reputation for combining exceptional academic content with a fun, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. The Tuesday Gala Dinner is a formal event at the magnificent Grand Hotel. For a more informal evening, join us on Wednesday 5th November for a buffet supper and beach party with a magician, surfing simulator and special dance competitions.

4. AN EVEN LARGER AND MORE DIVERSE EXHIBITION With all our industry partners who have supported ASPiH for 6 years to new and innovative companies, a tour of our largest ever exhibition is the ideal way to explore and discuss the latest simulation and technology enhanced learning products and services.

5. SIM HEROES COMPETITION 2015 Following the success of the inaugural competition last year, we invite team entries for the new competition this year focusing on demonstrating alignment with stated learning objectives and excellent debriefing and facilitation skill

Learn more at ASPiH’s website today and follow the action on Twitter!