Simulation Suite MedicalThe SASH simulation suite is based in the Post Graduate Medical Centre at East Surrey Hospital. It utilizes a high fidelity patient simulator and a dedicated faculty to achieve a completely immersive training suite. It currently runs courses for junior doctors, nurses, midwives and speciality doctors as well as training for medical students that are on placement at the hospital.
Meet the Faculty
Dr Gkiousias, Vasileios
Clinical Teaching Fellow
I completed my core surgical training in East Surrey Hospital working with the ENT team, which is my area of interest and future career aspiration.
My interest in medical education started during my early years in medical school through participation in mentoring schemes and teaching programmes, but it wasn’t until after my foundation training programme completion in the Oxford deanery that I took up a formal role in medical education, as a clinical teaching fellow in UCL, prior to commencing my core surgical training in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex deanery. This also lead to pursuing and completing a MSc in Health Professions Education at UCL, which allowed me to delve deeper into the theory and application of medical education, providing me with a more holistic insight.
I would strongly encourage anyone interested in medical education to get involved in any arising opportunities and pop by the office for a friendly chat and some guidance!
I am the simulation technician here at the Newman Simulation suite. My role is to help facilitate in the operation of simulation teaching.
I am also able to bring the equipment in situ you for on the wards training should this be required.
Other ways that I can assist in the hospitals education is through filming and production of educational videos.
I work as one of the Simulation Facilitators involved with the St Georges, Brighton & Imperial Medical Student Simulation Teaching along with the Registrar Ready Course for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Deanary.
I have a PGCert in Simulation in Clinical Practice at Brighton University.
Clinical Teaching Fellow
Simulation and Anaesthetics Fellow
What is Medical Simulation?
The idea of immersive simulation is to do exactly what you would do in real life as the scenario progresses in real-time. This is quite different from the ALS/ATLS style of simulation which can’t easily teach non-technical skills in association with clinical knowledge of guidelines.
The scenarios can be manipulated to bring out important themes in patient safety and human factors in order that they may be debriefed after the scenario is finished. The debriefing is an important part of simulation as we know that adults learn best when they have the chance to experience something and then are able to have a structured reflective observation on that experience.
The great thing about simulation is that you can then go back and repeat the scenario which reinforces the learning that has been gained from the reflection process. Debriefing is also a skill to be learnt and all our facilitators at East Surrey Hospital have been on training courses specifically for this purpose.
Medical simulation has achieved renewed interest recently with the CMO Sir Liam Donaldson Chairing the WHO initiative for human factors and patient safety training for medical students. In his last Annual Report he has highlighted the need for simulation training in healthcare which still falls behind the lead of other High Reliability Organisations (HROs) such as the nuclear industry and aviation in the incorporation non-technical skills training using hi-fidelity simulation.
Medical simulation at East Surrey Hospital is well established. We are based in the Post Graduate Education Centre in our own Simulation Rooms and provide immersive simulation using a Hi-Fidelity mannequin. Our current faculty is expanding and we have two dedicated clinical fellows for simulation.
We provide training on behalf of KSS deanery delivering training to Foundation Year 1 and 2 Doctors and, Year 2 Obstetric Specialist Trainees and Year 7 Anaesthetic Specialist Trainees as part of their annual requirement to undertake simulation-based learning.
In terms of in-house training we run courses for trauma teams, obstetric and midwifery teams, ICU and retrieval, novice and advanced anaesthesia, medical emergency teams and theatre teams. We like to train together those who work together.
We also run external courses for consultant anaesthetists covering the stabilization of sick children.
All anaesthetists at East Surrey Hospital will have the chance to use the simulation centre for practice of Anaesthesia Crises Resource Management, airway drills and emergencies improving patient safety.
Medical Student Simulation
What is medical simulation?
• Medical Simulation refers to the artificial representation of real world scenarios in an attempt to advance educational goals.
• It allows for the opportunity to put into practice all the theory learnt in medical school.
• Some common simulation scenarios include:
Acute Asthma attack
Acute Pulmonary Embolism
A typical simulation session at East Surrey Hospital is as follows:
1) Meet in the PGEC for an introduction with the simulation facilitator. Complimentary tea and coffee is also provided.
2) Students move to the simulation room and are shown around.
3) A pair of students acting as doctors will receive a handover phone call from the nurse.
4) Students move into the simulation room for the scenario whilst other students observe and write down feedback.
5) Session finishes and students move back to the observation room for a debrief and feedback.
6) Another scenario is run with another pair of students acting as doctors, followed by a debrief and feedback.
7) The morning finishes with a FREE lunch and online feedback.
What you stand to gain:
• Increased self confidence in managing unwell patients.
• Improved communication and handover skills.
• Constructive and detailed feedback after each session.
• Reinforces theory learnt during medical school.
• You will have simulation teaching typically 2 to 3 times during your placement.
• The topics covered are made relevant to your year and placement.
• You are very well catered for.
• The team is extremely friendly and helpful so no need to be nervous.
• You are not directly assessed or tested.
• It is a lot of fun!
• Revise ABCDE assessment.
• Do not be afraid to look up guidelines.
• Do not be shy to ask the nurse questions.
• Keep a log book to record key points from each session.
What your peers have said:
“Really useful teaching, highly recommend it!!”
“Sim teaching at East Surrey is a very useful and invaluable teaching as hands on practice for F1”
“Very useful & relevant; good training facilities & feedback/ learning process”
“Sim training is incredibly useful for my own learning. It gave me a lot more confidence with acute scenarios”
“Sim is very useful. I have learnt so much from the sessions. They’ve taught me how to carry out an ABCDE assessment and how to manage emergency situations”
“Very practical and realistic scenarios that prepare us for F1 life”
“Sim puts the information and guidelines that you have learnt into practice. Scenarios are representative to the clinical work place. Highly recommend for preparation for foundation year”
Registrar Ready Course
Registrar Ready is a day course of high fidelity simulation, which is open to KSS Core medical trainees.
The aim is to help you start the transition from a core medical trainee to registrar in a safe and confidential environment. The course focus is on common emergencies and human factors.
The scenarios are adapted to your year of training so you gain most value from the course; therefore we welcome both CT1s and CT2s to join us.
The course is:
- Kent, Surrey & Sussex Deanery approved
- KSS Deanery funded making it free for trainees