‘Simulation’ is defined as ‘a technique to replace or amplify real experience with guided experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully safe, instructive and interactive fashion’ (Gaba, 2007). As such the term is deliberately broad and intended to include a wide spectrum of modalities and fidelity. The past 20 years has seen a rapid growth in the different types or techniques of simulation that can be used in the health and care sector, with considerable developments in the use of new immersive technologies of Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality. Broadly speaking, simulation-based techniques can be divided into mental and / or verbal rehearsals without specific adjuncts, or more practical activities requiring interaction with a physical or electronic device or another person and include; part task trainers, advanced procedural trainers, full body manikins, simulated or standardised patients(including the use of actors or role playing), in situ simulation and more recently secondary to the COVID 19 pandemic blended learning where e-learning and online media support face to face training (HEE, 2020).
Simulation is now recognised as an essential requirement in healthcare training and is repeatedly cited as a method to improve patient safety and experience (Donaldson, 2009). The learning outcomes of SBE not only focus on procedures and processes linked to acute care concentrating on evidence based practice (EBP) but also incorporate human factors and ergonomics (HFE) awareness and values based practice (VBP). Without access to simulation, learners can only practice and develop their skills on real patients.
Simulation activity at ELHT:
In situ simulations run within divisions for example SIM Friday in ED and skills drills delivered by Maternity Practice Educators
Simulation Faculty Development Training facilitated by North West Simulation Education Network available on the Learning Hub
ELHT simulation network community of practice group
Developing facilities to meet the demands of the 21st Century Ward 6 Simulation and Training Suite and Sim Theatres @ Burnley General Teaching Hospital
Learning from clinical incidents - Simulation based on real case studies
Developing an innovative web presence as a one stop gateway to house simulation information that learners can access 24/7
Supporting COVID-19 – reskilling staff and maintaining COVID security
Supporting the digital first agenda and technology enhanced learning linking to DERI Digital Learning Team
For further information please contact Simulation@elht.nhs.uk
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