Background Simulation based training (SBT) helps in improved learning1 and development. To deliver SBT elaborate facilities and faculty are required. In Northern Lincolnshire and Goole hospitals NHS Trust (NLAG) it has taken 4 years to establish the simulation hub- DaSH. The greatest challenge is actual delivery of the aims once the foundations for the project are materialised.
Topic description After much deliberation NLAG has acquired dedicated faculty for SBT that include lead clinician, simulation project lead, a leadership fellow and an apprentice. We have medium fidelity manikins, camera and a purpose built simulation room. The key ingredients are present but how to bring SBT to fruition? We are highlighting 3 key issues that we have addressed in order to deliver our aims; planning, promotion and delivery.
Improvements/outcomes Regular twice-weekly meetings have helped us review progress against set timelines. Focussed on “In Situ” simulation, we are delivering better quality training whilst overcoming space issues.
We have developed a logo for NLAG DaSH. Supported by the trust media team we have created flyers and pull up banners to showcase DaSH on best practice and audit days. Our communications plan includes reviews in the trust newsletter, a dedicated intranet page and a devoted website. We are hosting a regional network simulation meeting.
Delivery We have compiled a detailed inventory of equipment for maximum utility. We have successfully delivered two teaching sessions. Institutional ASPiH membership would facilitate access to recent developments. At this early stage we are already involved in a multicentre study to demonstrate our potential.
Take home message The famous quote depicts our journey “Simulation is a technique – not a technology”2. Buying a costly simulator will not guarantee success; a plethora of accessories makes a setup work. Consistent achievement of small goals has given high hopes for the future.
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