Developing Healthcare Skills through Simulation


Edited by: Matthew Aldridge & Stephen Wanless

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    It is a pleasure to be invited to prepare a foreword for this publication, not least because the task prompts me to reflect upon where the simulation journey has taken us here at my own institution. As Director of Learning and Teaching at a large and diverse university my main focus is naturally on the student experience.

    Our own journey and decision to invest in the development of a simulation centre involved the clear purpose of enhancing our relationship both with healthcare employers and, importantly, with students. Although aware of the growing use of simulation in medical education and its gradual emergence into education for the nursing profession, we had a specific trigger. At the International Council of Nurses Congress in Taiwan in 2005, we witnessed a hugely compelling presentation from three academics from the School of Nursing at University of Pittsburgh.1 The impact of this presentation did not relate to impressive equipment or indeed to the fidelity of the simulation, but rather to the educational message. The presenters articulated the importance of effective curriculum design and spoke not only of student competence in skills that could be transferred to the clinical environment, but also of student confidence and development of team work skills. On a subsequent visit to Pittsburgh, colleagues and I observed learning activities that placed peer support – senior students working with freshmen, for example – and debrief and feed forward at the centre of educational processes.

    For us the message was clear. Investment in facilities would be valuable, but only if accompanied by real attention to curriculum design and recognition that proper and effective use of such opportunities would lead to the development of a much more personalised learning experience for our students. We had an early opportunity when involved in a Nursing and Midwifery Council pilot project ‘Simulation and Practice Learning’ in 2006. This pilot, run across 13 universities, afforded us and many others an early opportunity to see the profound impact on students and educators of the use of properly designed simulation sessions. We found that shared apprehension quickly turned to enthusiasm, communication between educators and students was enhanced and the potential was obvious. In many ways this relates to the personalisation of learning and empowerment of students in a safe environment. Of particular value is the opportunity for students to revisit their skills development, take active responsibility for their learning and with effective scaffolding of a variety of learning approaches better to relate knowledge to practical situations.

    I firmly believe that this publication will be invaluable to many as they seek to make judgements about how to incorporate simulation in their work and seek ideas for design of simulation sessions. Such an understanding of the educational basis for the use of simulation, followed by the use of effective design of individual learning episodes and their incorporation into wider curriculum is essential. Thinking about these issues has benefited not only healthcare students in this university but is also informing the way we consider educational development more widely.

    Professor StuartBrandDirector of Learning and Teaching, Birmingham City University

    1 Burns, H.K., Hoffman, R.L. and O'Donnell, J.M. (2005) ‘Enhancing nursing knowledge acquisition through an innovative curricular approach using high fidelity human simulation’ International Council of Nursing Annual Conference. Nursing on the Move: Knowledge, Innovation and Vitality, May 2005, Taipei, Taiwan.

    About the Editors

    Matthew Aldridge, RN, RNT, M Ed, BSc (Hons), FHEA, is a senior lecturer in Acute Adult Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton. He has been instrumental in developing simulation as a learning and teaching methodology over the past seven years to enhance the delivery of healthcare education in a range of roles at Birmingham City University and, now in the School of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. Matthew has worked regionally, nationally and internationally on the furtherance of the use simulation in healthcare education. He has a clinical background in emergency nursing and is passionate about the integration of high quality clinical skills education into the undergraduate healthcare curriculum.

    Stephen Wanless, RN, RNT, BSc (Hons), PG Dip (Ed), is a senior academic and patient handling lead for the Faculty of Health at Birmingham City University. He has an interest in the integration of high end technology to support practical skills training and the development of e-learning.

    Stephen has been leading the way in the development of management and patient handling simulation as learning and teaching tools to improve the delivery of transitional healthcare education at Birmingham City University. He has presented his work nationally and internationally in the use of management and patient handling simulation within healthcare education.

    Stephen has a clinical background in critical care nursing and is passionate about the integration of high quality patient handling and management skills education into healthcare curricula.

    Notes on the Contributors

    Amanda Andrews

    RGN, BSc (Hons) CHN, DN PG Cert (Ed) MA (Ed)

    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Tim Badger

    RN, BSc (Hons), MSc

    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Catherine Easthope

    RGN, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

    Alison Eddleston

    RN (Adult), RNT, MBA, FHEA

    Senior Lecturer in Acute, Operative and Critical Care Nursing, School of Health, University of Central Lancashire

    Andrew Grindrod

    RN (Adult), BSc (Hons) Nursing, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Practice

    Specialist Practitioner Adult Nursing

    Charge Nurse in Critical Care Outreach, University Hospitals Leicester (UHL)

    Kim Harley

    RGN, RNT, Cert Ed (FE), PG Cert, BSc Combined Studies, ONC, ENB 100

    Senior Lecturer, Musculoskeletal Studies, Adult and Critical Care, Birmingham City University

    Meriel Hawker

    RGN, MSc Pain Management, PG Dip (Ed)

    Programme Director MSc Pain Management, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birmingham City University

    Helen Holder

    RN (Adult), DPSN, MSc Nutritional Support, MA (Ed)

    Senior Lecturer Adult Nursing, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Katie Holmes

    BA (Hons) Theology, NVQ 4 Advice and Guidance

    Careers Consultant (linked to Faculty of Health), Birmingham City University

    Phil Jevon

    RN, Bsc (Hons) PG Cert

    Resuscitation and Clinical Skills Lead, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

    Chris Jones

    Dip HE Child Health Nursing, RN (Adult), BSc (Hons) Emergency Care

    Senior Lecturer, Clinical Skills Child Health, Birmingham City University

    Paul Knott

    RN (Adult), BSc (Hons) Clinical Nursing Studies, PGCE

    Resuscitation and Simulation Practitioner, Central Manchester University

    Hospitals Foundation Trust

    Lisa Lawton

    MSc Training and Development RGN, Dip Nursing, BSc Nursing, PGCHE

    Practice Placement Manager, Faculty of Education, Heart of England Foundation Trust

    Robert Mapp

    RN (Adult), BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, PG Cert (Ed), PG Dip (Ed)

    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Mandy Reynolds

    EN, RGN, Diploma (Nursing Studies), PG Cert (Infection Prevention and Control)

    Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

    Barry Ricketts

    RN (Adult), BSc (Hons) Critical and Specialist Care-Cardiothoracic Nursing, PG

    Cert (Ed), MSc Higher Professional Education

    Senior Lecturer, Adult Nursing, School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes


    Bernie St Aubyn

    BSc (Hons), RGN RM RHV DPS: N (CHS) MSc (PSM) PG Cert (Ed)

    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Simon Steeves

    Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, Birmingham City University

    Paul Turner

    RN (Adult), Dip Nursing (London), RNT, Cert (Ed), BSc, MSc

    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Nathalie Turville

    RGN, RSCN, DPNS, BSc (Hons), PG Cert (Ed), MSc

    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

    Steve Wanless

    BSc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental Management, Dip RG/RT, MCSP, SRP

    Manual Handling Coordinator, Anonymous Foundation Trust, Manchester

    Steven Webb

    Clinical Skills and Simulation Technician, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

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