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 Alexander Presland
Clinical Teaching Fellow
I am one of the Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows here at East Surrey Hospital. I studied medicine as a graduate at Imperial College London, and completed my Foundation Training in the North Central Thames Deanery at Barnet Hospital. Following this, I took some time out of training, spending a memorable year working as a doctor in Auckland, New Zealand with a good chunk of associated travel (I recommend it!). I completed my Core Medical Training at East Surrey Hospital, and am extremely fortunate to be staying on in my new role as a CTF.
I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that this new role will bring, particularly in this peri-Covid era, and I am excited for finding new ways to use technology and simulation to facilitate learning opportunities. Alongside my teaching commitments, I will be working to improve my acute Ultrasound skills (working towards FAMUS and FICE accreditation), working on the on-call Medical Registrar rota, and undertaking a PGCert in Medical Education.
Dr Neil Jones
Clinical Teaching Fellow
Having graduated from Birmingham University in 2005 I completed my Foundation Training in Sheffield. I then taught Anatomy to Medical and Dental students at Birmingham University for a year before taking up my Core Surgical Training post in Kent and Surrey. My Surgical training was Trauma and Orthopaedics themed, and I spent 12 months at East Surrey last year doing T+O and completing my MRCS exams. This year as one of the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow team I will look after the students here on MSK placement, while helping out in other placements where needed. As the programme here at ESH is new this year I am excited to build a robust teaching experience for our students to give them good grounding in what can be a tricky undergraduate area to learn.
I am the simulation technician here at the Newman Simulation suite. My role is to help facilitate in the operation of simulation teaching.
My Education background is an BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences and a PGCert in Biomedical and Healthcare Education. These qualifications allow me to assist in advising facilitators in the most effective ways to run the desired teaching sessions in our simulation suite.
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.
Dr Aaron O’Callaghan
Clinical Teaching Fellow
I graduated from St George’s, University of London in 2018 having completed both my MBBS and BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Science. I then completed my FY1 training at St Helier Hospital and my FY2 year at East Surrey. This year, I am extremely lucky to be undertaking a Undergraduate Education Fellow role here at the trust. I work closely with Neil on the MSK placement for the BSMS students whilst also helping out with simulation as and when needed.
I have always thoroughly enjoyed simulation (either as a student or facilitator) and feel that it is the best possible practice for real life scenarios. I have always been passionate about teaching and am currently undertaking a PGCert in Clinical Educatiob at the University of Exeter. I am planning on applying for an Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Practice this year.
Dr Winifred Garr
Clinical Teaching Fellow
I am of the Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows at East Surrey Hospital. I studied Medicine with European Studies (Spanish) at Manchester, before completing Foundation Training in Greater Manchester. I then took some time out of training where I did the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and some travel (very fun!), before moving to Brighton to complete Core Medical Training.
I have always enjoyed teaching, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to broaden and improve my skills. Alongside I will be doing a PgCert in Medical Education, and spending clinical time in Microbiology with GIM on-calls.
Dr Cathy Allen
Simulation and Anaesthetics Fellow
I am one of the Simulation and Anaesthetics Fellows at East Surrey Hospital. I completed my Foundation Training in KSS, spending my FY1 year at Canterbury Hospital and my FY2 at King’s College Hospital. My CT1 year was completed at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, and CT2 at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals. In my anaesthetic training I have completed my core level and achieved primary FRCA. I am passionate about good medical education and teaching, and using sim as a tool to facilitate learning as close to real life as possible.
In addition to my anaesthetic on call duties, I aim to spend this year improving my teaching and simulation skills to give the undergraduate, postgraduate and nursing teams at East Surrey an excellent learning experience.
Dr James Hankin
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
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