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0021 Using Simulation To Enhance General Practice Training: A ‘crash Course’ In Acute Paediatrics
  1. Clarissa Chase1,
  2. James Edelman2,3,
  3. Jackie Lynch2,
  4. Kim Sykes1,
  5. Kate Pryde4,
  6. Jim Baird2
  1. 1Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
  2. 2Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
  3. 3Health Education Wessex, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
  4. 4University Hospital Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, UK


Background Children comprise 40% of a typical GP’s workload, however only 55% of GP trainees will undertake a hospital-based paediatric placement during their training.1 GP trainees acknowledge that they are often nervous about managing acute paediatric illness in primary care,2 and recent publications from The Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Paediatrics and Child Health have recommended that GP training should include more focus on paediatrics.3,4

Methodology We designed a one-day course that uses multiple simulations to allow GP trainees to experience the presentation, diagnosis and management of acute paediatric illness in primary care. Trainees are required to provide emergency assessment and treatment in real-time using low and high fidelity manikins, with actors as simulated parents. The course is facilitated by paediatric registrars and nurses to allow discussion and learning in a non-hierarchical environment. Written summaries are provided for each simulation to consolidate key learning points and direct to further resources.

Results/outcomes A pre- and post-course questionnaire will be completed by each candidate, focusing on their confidence in the management of the simulated presentations. Follow-up questionnaires (after 6 months) will assess candidates’ retention of information and the impact of simulation training in their daily practice. A pilot course will run in August 2014 with a volunteer group of GP trainees (n = 20).

Potential impact We believe an intensive simulation course provides GP trainees the opportunity to manage paediatric emergencies in a safe, facilitated environment, before using these skills in real life. We intend this to highlight trainees’ learning needs and improve confidence prior to independent practice. We plan to expand this course to include all GP trainees in our region before the end of their training, and to offer it to existing GPs as a refresher in acute paediatrics.


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  3. Clements K. Opening the door to better healthcare: Ensuring general practice is working for children and young people. The National Children’s Bureau. 2013

  4. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Back to Facing the Future: An Audit of Acute Paediatric Service Standards in the UK. 2013

  • Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration

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