Background and aims Simulation and simulated tasks have been used for the last 50 years. A Point of care study in our healthcare trust identified a need for a multidisciplinary approach to support individuals in the management of low frequency, high risk events in the clinical area.
We will demonstrate that SIM can be used as a safe environment where staff can learn, develop skills and highlight areas for development and change in practice.
Methods We have a fortnightly programme in Child Health, with all sessions debriefed and evaluated by Masterclass personnel. Data was collected on all paediatric and neonatal SIM sessions from August 2013 to March 2014.
Results 271 healthcare professionals (172 doctors, 59 nurses, 4 HCA’s, 3 assistant practitioners, 16 medical students, 2 student nurses, 7 midwives, and 8 others) attended 18 sessions, of which 7 were multidisciplinary. Sim sessions were carried out in 4 different departments.
Feedback was excellent with comments such as ‘fantastic session, seniors emphasised how it was for learning and no-one would be judged on it, this made it more relaxed and I found it very realistic and useful. Thank You’.
Conclusions Simulations using high fidelity manikins in life like circumstances have demonstrated that staff feel this has helped their confidence and abilty to cope in emergency situations. Feedback also suggests that it has given the opportunity to modify and change practice,aiming to improve standards of care and maintain patient safety.