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Practical reflections on a collaboration with healthcare consumers on the development of a simulation
  1. Benjamin Symon1,2,
  2. Rachel Edwards3,4,
  3. Sonia Jean Twigg1,
  4. Martha Carolina Ardila Sarmiento1,
  5. Stephanie Barwick5,6
  1. 1 STORK Simulation Training Optimising Resuscitation for Kids, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, South Brisbane, Australia
  2. 2 PCH - Northside Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland School of Clinical Medicine, Herston, Australia
  3. 3 Oncology Services Group, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  4. 4 Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group, Griffith University Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Nathan, Australia
  5. 5 Mater Education Ltd, South Brisbane, Australia
  6. 6 Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Benjamin Symon, Simulation Training Optimising Resuscitation for Kids (STORK), Queensland Children’s Hospital, Stanley Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101, Australia; drbensymon{at}


Background Healthcare simulations generate moments of ‘cultural compression’ through which we transmit core values about our professional identities and the families we care for. The engagement of healthcare consumers in this process is useful to evaluate the values we transmit and ensure authenticity in the narratives we share.

Methods A simulation package on febrile neutropenia and port access was written by healthcare staff in consultation with the parent of a child with leukaemia. Healthcare consumer review was focused on the representation of the simulated parent within the simulation scripts. The child and his mother assisted in the development of supportive video resources on family perspectives on port access and demonstration of the procedure.

Results The involvement of healthcare consumers in the development of the scenario had positive impact on the design and the supportive resources, both of which created opportunities for patient advocacy and reinforced the centrality of healthcare consumers within the healthcare team.

Conclusions Healthcare consumer collaboration in scenario design was achievable and impactful without significant increased cost. We hope to promote the benefits of healthcare consumer consultation in simulation design to improve the pursuit of educational and cultural learning objectives.

  • Simulation in healthcare
  • Emergency paediatrics
  • In situ simulation
  • Nursing education

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  • Contributors BS was the primary author of the manuscript and the supervisor for the simulation project. RE, SJT and MCAS reviewed the manuscript and provided edits and detail on the project itself. SB provided expertise and background on healthcare consumer collaboration in simualation.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests The completed simulation is open access and published for no financial gain. Authors have no competing interests to declare.

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

  • Data availability statement Data sharing not applicable as no datasets generated and/or analysed for this study.

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