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0165 The Cost Effectiveness Of Simulation Based Training - A Managerial Perspective
  1. Donna Oldfield,
  2. Makani Purva
  1. Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation, Hull, East Yorkshire, UK


2011 saw the introduction of Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation (HILS) in Hull NHS Trust. The author is manager of HILS and has been involved in the development of a Nursing Simulation Programme. The aim is to explore the effectiveness of the programme to see whether it results in cost savings from reduced clinical error.

Hypothesis Simulation based training is cost effective and can save the trust money by reducing preventable errors through providing quality training.

  1. Does simulation based training reduce errors in a healthcare setting?

  2. What are costs of running this training?

  3. What is the cost effectiveness of simulation based training?

Research methods are of a quantitative and qualitative nature. Surveys will be undertaken on nurse participants pre and post course, this includes a series of questions with likert scales to examine changes in confidence. Quantitative analysis will be carried out by interviewing ward managers to determine if there has been indirect cost effectiveness by changes in behaviour reducing error.

Costs of running simulation would be established such as room hire, technicians, faculty etc.

Discussion – limitations Simulation based training alone as an educational intervention will not reduce errors, a multifactorial approach is required, however this topic would be of interest for non-clinicians to understand the impact of human behaviour changes in the workplace following simulation based education.

The author is assuming that a change in human behaviour will assist in error reduction ultimately resulting in indirect cost effectiveness.

All results will be analysed using Microsoft excel displaying pre and post course answers, this allows examination of changes in confidence levels and improvements in the workplace.

The expected outcomes are that the findings will result in simulation based training being cost effective, reducing costs, preventing error in the care given to the patients.

  • Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration

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