The SaIL Centre is featured on the Together We Can Website, a charitable fundraising site for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Charitable donations funded the refurbishment of the SaIL Centres and the creation of a state-of-art patient simulator training facilities in 2010.

“The GSTT SaIL Centre’s approach has innovation at its core and is continually responsive to the local, regional and national strategies for health and healthcare education. The Centres have developed and delivered various training programmes specifically designed to support changing workforce needs.”

The article quotes our very own Dr Gabriel Reedy, Educational Research Lead:  ‘Our research has generated new ways of thinking about how to improve the experience of patients.’

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Five research projects have been selected by the Health Foundation as part of its £2.1m open call for original research ideas on informatics in health care improvment. Insight 2014 aims to identify how new technologies and data can best be used in practice to increase the safety, efficiency and overall quality of health and care services in the UK.

Data integration for hospital unit quality monitoring and improvement – King’s College London

This research project will develop and test a statistical model of organisational performance at unit level in a hospital. The research aims to address the lack of integration of datasets in hospitals, and the consequent lack of ability to analyse patterns of variability or understand the reasons for quality problems.

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Raj is a paediatric trainee in London and was a simulation fellow at the SaIL Centre in 2013-2014. His interest in simulation began when he undertook a fellowship with the London School of Paediatrics in Leadership, Management and Medical Education in 2010.

During this time, he developed an interest in patient safety and quality assurance and began undertaking his MA in Clinical Education with his dissertation being focused on the use of simulation in medical education. Outside of medicine, he has a passion for travel, SCBU diving and photography, although this has left him bankrupt.

Raj has now returned to the Centre as a part-time Simulation Fellow while he completes a PhD.

9th Annual Clinical Human Factors Group Open Seminar

The 9th Open Seminar is being organised jointly by the Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG), the National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (NIHR SRMRC) and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

Speakers Include:

  • Martin Bromiley, Chair, Clinical Human Factors Group
  • Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England
  • Surg Capt Mark Midwinter (Defence Professor of Surgery)
  • David Knott (MSF/Red Cross Surgeon)
  • Wing Cmd Steve Reeves (Pilot)
  • Lt Col Harry Pugh (anaesthetics)
  • Major Jenny Buck (Nurse)

The Clinical Human Factors Group is a broad coalition of healthcare professionals, managers and service-users who have partnered with experts in Human Factors from healthcare and other high-risk industries to campaign for change in the NHS. They have a vision of a healthcare system that places an understanding of Human Factors at the heart of improving clinical practice, leading to significant improvements in both safety and efficiency.

To book a place visit their website

Healthcare professionals to receive arts-based training as pioneering research partnership is launched.

Three year collaboration between Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine and the SaIL Centre funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

September saw the launch of a three year research and development partnership to create a unique arts-based training programme for healthcare professionals at King’s Health Partners in London.

Supported by a £580,000 grant from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, which supports innovation in healthcare, the partnership between SaIL and Performing Medicine will create ten bespoke courses across a range of clinical practices and settings including emergency medicine and mental health, drawing on research to deliver training appropriate to each sector.

Performing Medicine is a programme of courses and workshops for medical students and healthcare professionals based on twelve years of research and delivery by Dr Suzy Willson, Co Artistic Director of award winning theatre company Clod Ensemble. Performing Medicine was awarded The Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2007. Both SaIL and Performing Medicine have a proven track record in delivering innovative training initiatives that enhance clinical skills through practical exercises.

Techniques found in the training will include movement and dance, which can be used to teach awareness of how body language impacts on patients and colleagues, and improvisation techniques, which can help trainees learn to respond quickly to difficult situations.


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Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) will be holding a Resilience in Healthcare Masterclass 7-8 May 2015


Keynote Talk from Professor Erik Hollnagel

One and a half day course aimed at researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to apply resilience engineering concepts to improve care quality and safety. The interactive masterclass, delivered by academics and healthcare professionals, will include an overview of resilience engineering principles and show how these can be applied to improve the quality of patient care.

For more information or to book a place on the Masterclass, please visit:

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Today SESAM officially opened their abstract submission for their Annual Conference which for 2015 will be in Belfast.

For more information on submitting an abstract please visit SESAM’s website: Important Dates:

Submissions accepted from 8th December 2014
Deadline for submissions 2nd March 2015
Notification to submitters 3rd April 2015
Early bird registration deadline 15th April 2015

Nature of Course: Open to internal GSTT attendees only


This is a half day in situ course which started in November 2013 and has been running monthly at either Guy’s or St Thomas’ theatres. This is a free course aimed at improving non-technical skills among theatre staff in their own home environment. It uses the benefit of familiarity of the staff with their own environment for a high fidelity situation. The course involves an introduction to non-technical skills including using a video and a meet the manikin session. All candidates are then involved in a simulated scenario either in the anaesthetic room or in the operating theatre followed by a debrief session. Occasionally, another scenario can be run when time allows. So far feedback has been very positive and attendees have reported that they are interested in attending the course on a regular basis (monthly to six monthly).


  • Theatre staff including surgeons (of any speciality/seniority e.g SHO, SpR, Consultants)
  • Anaesthetists (all seniority)
  • Nursing staff/assistants who work in Theatres


  • To be announced


  • Free to all eligible attendees


Contact the Simulation Team or call 0207 188 4802

Course Director: Dr Simon Calvert, Consultant, Emergency & Intensive Care Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London and Dr Simon Broughton

Course Reference Number: 011/2014

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Target Audience: Doctors, Nurses and allied health staff including ODP’s working in Emergency medicine, general wards areas, Critical Care, Endoscopy, Interventional radiology

Course Details:

KCH aim to integrate the learning from the two existing trauma simulation courses: TTL and TTM – both successful courses that aim to refine trauma team training through inter-professional simulation. Both courses aim to provide multi-disciplinary team training to improve management of trauma patients within SE London. It is recognised that both courses do have significant overlap. The proposed course – Integrated Trauma Life Support (ITLS) will be opened to everyone involved in receiving trauma patients in our SE London Trauma Network.


-          Integrating and updating content of pre-course learning from both courses,

-          Specific content in pre-course material tailored to leadership role (

-          Whole trauma team involvement in 5-6 scenarios

-          Trauma team member and trauma team leader will train in the same course with the same scenarios

-          Opportunity for extended pre-course learning, and leadership debrief/ workshops depending on candidates practice role

-          Outcome of course depending on level of registration and engagement with the course e.g. completed course/ completed course with leadership “add-ons” with a PDP completed

It is also recognised that simulation that involves both more senior leaders and junior effectors of trauma management demonstrates a more authentic team dynamic, and that this may be more effective as a learning environment. This integration will also allow team members to interchange roles within the scenarios – fluid team roles are more reflective of real clinical situations and also encourage individual development, particularly that of team members in transition to leadership roles.