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ASPiH standards for simulation-based education: process of consultation, design and implementation
  1. Makani Purva1,2,
  2. Jane Nicklin3,4
  1. 1 Association for Simulated Practice in Heathcare, Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK
  2. 2 Department of Anaesthetics, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull, UK
  3. 3 Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare, Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK
  4. 4 Operations, SimSupport, York, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Jane Nicklin, Operations Manager, Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare, Lichfield, UK; jane.nicklin{at}


There is widespread enthusiasm and emerging evidence of the efficacy of simulation-based education (SBE) but the full potential of SBE has not been explored. The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) is a not-for-profit membership association with members from healthcare, education and patient safety background. ASPiH’s National Simulation Development Project in 2012 identified the lack of standardisation in the approach to SBE with failure to adopt best practice in design and delivery of SBE programmes. ASPiH created a standards project team in 2015 to address this need. The article describes the iterative process modelled on implementation science framework, spread over six stages and 2 years that resulted in the creation of the standards. The consultation process supported by Health Education England resulted in a unique document that was driven by front line providers while also having strong foundations in evidence base. The final ASPiH document consisting of 21 standards for SBE has been extensively mapped to regulatory and professional bodies in the UK and abroad ensuring that the document is relevant to a wide healthcare audience. Underpinning the standards is a detailed guidance document that summarises the key literature evidence to support the standard statements. It is envisaged the standards will be widely used by the simulation community for quality assurance and improving the standard of SBE delivered.

  • simulation-based education
  • standards
  • evidence-base
  • consultation
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  • Contributors Members of the ASPiH Executive Committee, mainly Andy Anderson, Susie Howes, Bryn Baxendale, Helen Higham, Clair Merriman, Alan Gopal, Pete Jaye, Carrie Hamilton, Colette Laws-Chapman, Nick Murch, Margarita Burmester and Ben Shippey, were involved in the analysis of data throughout the process, proof reading of the manuscript and offering comments alongside author MP and corresponding author JN.

  • Funding This work was supported by Health Education England, specifically the consultation phase in stages 4 and 5.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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