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1 A simulation e-learning program; enhancing simulation training for participants and faculty*
  1. J Le Geyt1,
  2. M Lavelle2,
  3. C Laws-Chapman1
  1. 1Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, UK
  2. 2KCL, UK


Background Simulation is an expensive education modality. Significant time in training sessions is used to explain simulation, debriefing, human factors, and establish psychological safety. E-learning programs are an ideal complement to simulation training to provide information to participants prior to, and beyond, the simulation day. At present, e-learning programs that run in tandem with simulation are limited to addressing technical knowledge, and there are no e-learning resources available for simulation faculty development.

Description of innovation Through a collaborative project, involving four simulation centres (King’s Health Partners) in South London, we have developed a comprehensive simulation e-learning program that goes beyond technical skills providing educational development opportunities for simulation participants and faculty. It is applicable across a range of healthcare simulation settings from community mental health, acute intensive care to undergraduate training.

The program consists of three zones, which are being rolled out consecutively from June 2016.

  • ‘Preparation for Simulation’; compulsory pre-learning for participants attending any simulation training. This introduces the concepts of simulation, the simulated environment, and debriefing. This will reduce the time needed in course introductions and reduce participant anxiety prior to training, helping to improve efficiency and psychological safety, optimising the learning potential.

  • ‘Further Learning’; modules on Human Factor skills in healthcare, debriefing and reflective practice, to improve the retention of skills learned in training.

  • ‘Faculty Development’; modules for faculty including topics such as advanced debriefing, and how to facilitate Human Factor skills teaching.

The impact of zone 1 on training efficiency and participants’ psychological safety and learning is currently being evaluated.

Conclusion This is the first ever e-learning program for participants attending simulation courses, designed to enhance psychological safety, improve efficiency of simulation courses, knowledge about human factors and debriefing, and to provide learning resources for simulation faculty. *

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