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Developing a coordinated research strategy for child health-related simulation in the UK: phase 1
  1. Damian Roland1,
  2. Helen Wilson2,
  3. Nicola Holme3,
  4. Kim Sykes2,
  5. Ben Shaw4,
  6. Ralph MacKinnon5,6
  1. 1SAPPHIRE Group, Health Sciences, Leicester University, Leicester, UK
  2. 2University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
  3. 3Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  4. 4Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  5. 5Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and North Wales & North West Paediatric Transfer Service
  6. 6Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Damian Roland, SAPPHIRE Group, Health Sciences, Leicester University, Princess Road West, Leicester, LE1 6TP, UK; dr989{at}le.ac.uk

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The explosion of simulation in healthcare education has been embraced by all disciplines and specialties; within paediatrics, there are already established centres using state-of-the-art equipment and, importantly, well-trained and experienced faculty. However, between regions in the UK, there are differences in availability, uptake and use of simulation-based training. Research related to simulation, whether educational, technological or outcome focused, seems to be carried out on an ad hoc basis. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has appointed a lead for simulation who chairs the RCPCH simulation working group. As part of this, a research subgroup has been created. The first aim of this group was to quantify the extent and content of child health-relevant simulation research that has been undertaken in …

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