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7 Team for emergency medicine scottish centre for simulation and clinical human factors (SCSCHF) forth valley royal hospital
  1. LE McGregor,
  2. RJ Alcock,
  3. O Milling-Smith,
  4. D Rowney


Background/context In 2013 I was appointed as the first Educational Co-ordinator for Emergency Medicine at SCSCHF and am now joined by Dr Roger Alcock. We aim to maximise utilisation and effectiveness of simulation for learning amongst frontline healthcare staff. We recognised that there were many unmet educational needs for EM trainees nationally and wanted to create a series of simulation-based training courses tailored specifically to their needs.

Specific idea/innovation Our online survey collected responses from 68 EM trainees (62% response rate) across all four deaneries and training grades CT1 to ST6, OOPTs and those specialising in PEM.

Trainees gave feedback about positive/negative aspects of previous experiences of SBME and we collected data regarding technical and nontechnical skills that they felt they could, and would like to, learn through SBME.

Planned or potential methods being considered and Progress to date

We engaged with consultant colleagues in PICU, OBGYN and Acute Medicine to design/deliver new courses. Our newest most popular courses are TOPEM (The Obstetric Patient in Emergency Medicine) and SCiPE (Simulation Course in Paediatric Emergencies). These run regularly with dates scheduled into 2016/17 which can be viewed on our website and through our link on the RCEM website. We believe the true multidisciplinary multispecialty nature of our courses is quite unique and TOPEM is currently the only course of it’s type in UK.

Next steps/expectations Feedback received from individual staff attending our courses has been universally extremely positive.

Already supported by NES, we now collaborate with stakeholders SAS Development Fund and SMMDP and RCEM.

We have ensured courses are generalisable and can be performed in any standard simulation centre and in situ within Emergency Departments. We now have a large group of faculty members across Scotland and are learning how to use our resources sensibly to ensure future sustainability.

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