Background Simulation-based team-working training can improve patient safety and quality of care. We aim to demonstrate how a multi-disciplinary approach to theatre team training can result in improved team working skills.
Methods A multidisciplinary team, simulation based theatre team training programme was introduced within an NHS Foundation Trust. Participants included staff across all disciplines involved in surgical patient care. The team worked through a pre-constructed real time simulated scenarios using SimMan and a laparoscopic box trainer followed by a debrief session. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire to define their experiences and learning from programme.
Results Twelve participants completed the programme. Time working in the NHS ranged from 3 years to >21 years and 4/12 had never been involved in simulation training before.
Ten (10/12 83%) strongly agreed that the programme was a useful for developing team-building skills. 11/12 (92%) agreed (4/12) or strongly agreed (7/12) that the training made them more supportive of their colleagues and listen to others more effectively.83% (10/12) reported better consideration of their colleagues’ roles within the theatre team. All participants strongly agreed (5/12) or agreed (7/12) that the training has allowed them to recognise their reaction to stress.92% (11/12) agree of strongly agree that they can now better recognise stress in others and the impact of adverse clinical events.11/12 (92%) reported an increased confidence in identifying potential risks within the operating room and strongly agree (7/12) or agree (5/12) that they are a more effective member of the theatre team.
There was no significant difference in the outcome of the survey dependant on time working within the NHS (p = 0.89) or previous involvement in simulation (p = 0.92).
Conclusion Participants valued this simulated multidisciplinary training programme a useful team-training tool in developing key team-working skills regardless of previous experience or exposure to simulation.
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