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2 Exploring the possibilities for drone camera use in mental health simulation
  1. Kiran Virk1,
  2. GE Evans2
  1. 1UK
  2. 2South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK


Maudsley Simulation have been exploring how the use of a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone camera) might allow the boundaries of mental health simulation training to be expanded.

Simulation training allows a diverse range of participants to train as an inter-professional group. To date, simulations have tended to focus on indoor settings -- where it is possible to control the extent of the environment and allow complete audio and video capture of events. However, there is a need for simulation on a much larger scale, where a realistic recreation of a psychiatric emergency may cover a range of indoor and outdoor locations spread over a wider geographical area. So far, it has not been practical to simulate these types of scenario due to the technical and logistical difficulties they present. Drone technology presents an exciting opportunity, which may result in us being able to meet those challenges.

Our vision is to film the callout of an Emergency Team as they follow a patient (played by a professional actor) who has absconded from an inpatient psychiatric unit. The filming of this callout will consist both of hand-held camera work and also an overhead aerial shot from the drone’s camera, providing a unique perspective on the situation and the interactions of those responding to it. Learning outcomes of this include building confidence, knowledge and skills in psychiatric and medical emergencies outside of clinical wards, and improvements in patient safety.

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