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Simulation Suite Medical

The 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.
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Meet the Faculty

Dr Alex Byrne

Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow

I am one of the ‘Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows’ at East Surrey Hospital. I studied at Barts and the London and completed my Foundation Training at Royal Surrey and Kingston Hospitals before going on to do Core Medical Training at East Surrey. I completed my core training this year and obtained my Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. I have chosen to work as a teaching fellow this year in order to improve my application for Cardiology training. As well as teaching I am in the process of getting my accreditation in Level 1 echocardiography and doing a PGCert in Medical Education at St George’s. I am also on the Medical Registrar rota here.

I have a keen interest in medical leadership particularly at an undergraduate level and during my time at university established a medical leadership society and SSC which is still running.


Stephen Blacklock

Simulation Technician

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.


 Daniel Woosey

Physician Associate

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 Max Roberts

Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow

I am one of the Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows at East Surrey Hospital. I completed my Foundation Training in the North Central Thames Deanery, spending my FY1 year at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and my FY2 at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Last year, I took an FY3 year, in which I spent six months working and six months travelling (no points for guessing which half was more fun…). I am extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to be an Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow this year, and ultimately aim to become a better teacher through the mentorship of the Education Department here, as well as through the PG Cert in Medical Education I will be undertaking at King’s College London.

I started teaching in my penultimate year at medical school, and I quickly realised that it is one of my favourite aspects about working in medicine. Throughout my Foundation years, I have endeavoured to experience new and varied teaching methods, ranging from small group seminars to SIM sessions. I am particularly looking forward to continuing the SIM on-call sessions established by the previous Teaching Fellow.


What is Medical Simulation?
Medical simulation is the structured use of a replicated clinical environment to recreate common and uncommon clinical scenarios in a safe environment in order to help understanding of clinical management and improve non-technical skills and patient safety.

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
Simulation Training for St George’s Medical Students at East Surrey Hospital

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
Cardiac Arrest
Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Pre Eclampsia

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.

Useful points:
• You will have simulation teaching typically 2 to 3 times during your placement.
• The topics covered are made relevant to your year and placement.

Reassuring points:
• 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!

Practical points:
• 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”

Click here to view the Undergraduates page

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.

Reg Ready Scenarios

The course is:

  • Kent, Surrey & Sussex Deanery approved
  • KSS Deanery funded making it free for trainees

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