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
I support the delivery of high quality simulation sessions in the Newman Simulation Suite here in the PGEC.
I also manage the simulation suite, create videos, make podcasts and provide social media content for SASH Education Campus.
Health Education Support Fellow
I am one of the simulation technicians that supports the running of simulation here at East Surrey Hospital as well as the development of adjacent learning tools.
Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow
I have completed my foundation training and decided to take an F3 year to teach (70% of my time), gain more experience in Acute Medicine (30%) and develop my portfolio by doing a PGCert in Medical Education at Brighton. Even more importantly perhaps, I’m looking forward to exploring the theory and understanding behind medical teaching so I can improve myself as a teacher and therefore help students even more.
Dr Amaka Maduanusi
Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow
Dr James Herzig
Faculty for Foundation, Anaesthetics, ICU and Maternity Simulation
Clinical Fellow in Anaesthetics/ICU involved with the provision of simulation courses for foundation doctors within the trust, speciality simulation for Anaesthetic and ICM trainees and joint maternity simulations for midwives and doctors.
Medical Simulation Clinical Teaching Fellow & Respiratory Registrar
My role is primarily teaching simulation to the junior doctors and but also to medical students. I deliver the Registrar Ready course to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex core medical & specialist trainees in East Surrey Hospital and I’m also developing a low fidelity simulation course which will be rolled out regionally.
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.
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”
Simulation Suite Booking Request Form
Education Campus Reception
SASH Education Campus
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital
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