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0064 Survey on use of simulation in training: Midwife perspective
  1. Omer Farooq,
  2. Nicola Foster,
  3. Makani Purva
  1. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Hull, UK


Introduction Simulation-based training (SBT) is an effective tool to enhance learning and development. Midwifery teaching has traditionally relied on skills and drills rather than simulation. We wanted to explore the views of midwives regarding introduction of SBT in regular teaching sessions.

Methods A survey questionnaire containing 10 questions was designed and posted on survey monkey. Questions addressed the issues relating to involvement in simulation, in situ simulation, strengths and weaknesses of simulation, and impact of video recording during simulation exercise. 24 midwives participated in the survey.

Results About half of the respondents had attended simulation exercise more than 15 times. Most positive aspect of SBT was interaction (9) followed by “hands on” approach. Video debriefing and arrangement of experienced faculty were the principal limiting factors. Around 40% (10) of the participants suggested video debriefing would affect their decision to take part in simulation with an overwhelming majority 9/10 stating that they would not like to see themselves performing in a scenario.

Impact on practice This survey has helped us gain insight into the views of midwives towards SBT. The results have shown encouraging views of midwives toward simulation and willingness to adapt it as regular part of training. Evidence suggests that video debriefing does not add extra value to debriefing experience. We believe that we may get greater uptake of simulation amongst our midwives by avoiding or reducing use of video debriefing and hope to adopt this for future activities. This raises questions for allied health professionals and we propose that a similar survey should be done to ascertain their preferences.


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