Background A simulation programme existed at University Hospitals of Leicester for Foundation Year doctors. The proposal was to widen participation and access to other members of the healthcare team.
The logistics of bringing together staff from different disciplines for the purposes of simulation training was the challenge.
It was more straightforward to look at newly registered nurses, as the preceptorship framework for newly registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, supports "multi-professional education and training".1
Methodology During discussions with senior nursing staff, recommendations from government bodies and professional organisations helped to reinforce the value of this training.1,2
Having the facility to train in a simulated environment, to rehearse in the safety of a well-supported unit, those events classed as high risk, low frequency was also a particular selling point.
There was scope within the programme to provide several teaching interventions. Items on both national and local agendas such as raising staff awareness of the recognition of a patient with sepsis,3 along with the uses of early warning scoring tools and escalation of care as well as human factors,4 could be included.
This resulted in agreement to include preceptorship nurses in the simulation training experience.
Results Evaluations continue to be collected and collated. Verbal feedback from participants stated that they had gained an increased understanding of team member’s roles.
Further audits could potentially demonstrate changes in behaviour around the completion of early warning scoring charts, recognition of the deteriorating patient and team working which may in part be as a result of simulation training.
Potential impact The potential impact is that through simulation training, patient safety, communication and team working can be improved.
It is hoped to be able to continue to offer this provision and widen participation from other staff groups.
Department of Health. (2010) Preceptorship Framework, for Newly Registered Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professional. DH, London
Department of Health. (2008) Safer Medical Practice: Machines, Manikins and Polo Mints. Chief Medical Officers Department of Health Annual Report 2008. DH, London. http://www.dh.gov.uk
Levy M, et al. Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Critical Care Medicine 2010;38:p1–8
Flin R, Patey R. Training in non-technical skills to improve patient safety. BMJ 2009; 339:b3595doi:10.1136/bmj.b3595
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