Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

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BernieSt Aubyn and AmandaAndrews

Aims

The aims of this chapter are to highlight the problem of poor record keeping by professional practitioners and to provide resources that look at the skills required to write acceptable records. The chapter also aims to explore, through simulation, how poor records could be dealt with in a court setting.

Objectives

The chapter objectives are to:

  • Discuss the common features of poor and good record keeping
  • Explore the underlying principles which contribute to poor record keeping
  • Experience trying to defend records through simulation, in a court setting.

Introduction to the Skill and Explanation of its Importance and a Relevant Definition of the Skill

Record keeping skills are essential in order to produce court-proof health records. The Data Protection Act 1998 defines a health record as:

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