Background Simulation training is now widely well regarded throughout medical education. With the advance in available simulator technology, non technical skills have been explored more and training time has been as such directed at.
At Leeds, in response to incidents that highlighted a breakdown in team dynamics between Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesia, a joint team working simulation workshop has been developed.
Methodology Utilising a 3G SimMan, we run a one day workshop for anaesthetic and emergency medicine (EM) trainees of varying experience exploring non technical skill concepts from the perspective of the two specialties. We run scenarios which require the EM and anaesthetic trainees to work together to manage the case. Each scenario is designed to highlight various human factors. During the scenario observing follow the scenario via video link. Feedback is via structured debrief with focus largely on non-technical components of the scenarios.
The course is run by an anaesthetic and EM consultant with supoprting technical staff. Where possible we have ED nursing staff within the scenarios. Candidates are limited to 6 trainees to ensure appropriate active participation.
Courses are run free of charge to trainees and are supported by an education grant from LTHT charitable trust fund.
Conclusions Feedback has been universally positive highlighting the enriched learning that has occurred by having participants from different specialties working in their own roles.
As part of a region wide simulator strategy, the course will be recognised within the School of Anaesthesia as meeting the requirements to deliver non technical skills training within the RCOA curriculum. It will be a mandatory ARCP requirement for anaesthetic trainees to attend such a course.
This project has seen very positive feedback from attendees and has served to improve working relationships between our two specialties. With the introduction of other specialties which commonly are thrown together clinically, we hope to further enrich this valuable learning resource at LTHT.
- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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