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37 Pilot interprofessional simulation day: paediatrics and maternity
  1. Amy-Madeleine Hall
  1. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, UK


Background The session was developed after collaboration with the trust and Durham University.

Ideas were discussed around areas of practice that required further development; where an inter professional, simulation-based approach would be beneficial. Paediatric prescribing was an area with reported errors.

Content The session was held in the Simulation Suite at North Tees Hospital.

3rd year medical and pharmacy students with 2nd year midwifery and nursing students (from Teeside University) were scheduled to attend.

The session consisted of 4 stations:

  • Root Cause Analysis of a fatal medication error in a child

  • Volunteer mothers sharing their experiences of pregnancy and labour

  • Sim-Child scenario involving a paracetamol overdose and prescribing appropriate treatment

  • Sim-Mum scenario involving antibiotic prescribing following spontaneous rupture of Membrane (SROM)

Each group of students was multidisciplinary to allow for inter professional learning. At the end of the session, the students were bought back together to de-brief and complete feedback forms.


  • Increase students’ awareness and understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities

  • Be confident in making shared decisions about safe management of the patient.

  • Be confident in simulation approaches to learning.

Results The students were asked to rate the session on 5 categories as outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate:

  • Content: 93% outstanding or good

  • Presentation skills and interaction: 97% outstanding or good

  • Ability to answer questions: 93% outstanding or good

  • Awareness of different people’s needs: 82% outstanding or good

  • Inclusion of all professions: 79% outstanding or good

The last point scored lower as the nursing/midwifery students failed to attend.

Conclusion Some comments highlighted the lack of nursing/midwifery staff which both staff and students found detrimental.

Overall comments were very positive and the students and staff felt the session should be included in the curriculum.

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