Peter JayeDr Peter Jaye is a consultant in emergency medicine and has been working for the Trust since 2003. He has been involved in simulation since 2001, became director of simulation in 2008, and simulation lead for King’s Health Partners in 2010.

Peter has led the development of simulation at Guy’s and St Thomas’, including the opening of the St Thomas House Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre in 2010, which has gone on to become one of the busiest facilities in the UK.

Peter has raised over £2 million to fund simulation within our hospitals and the local community. He has facilitated the development of a national reputation for research into simulation at the St Thomas House SaIL Centre. He also led the simulation work stream for the South London Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC).

Colette Laws-Chapman is our Simulation Lead for Non-Medical Staff and has a lead role in developing interprofessional and interagency simulation programmes, as well as being one of our deputy directors.

In her previous post as Associate Chief Nurse supporting education, standards and practice development  she  worked with London South Bank University to develop a blended learning programme in clinical leadership. Colette has a track record of working in education, practice development and leadership at Guys & St Thomas’s since 2001. She is a qualified teacher, mentor and 360-appraisal facilitator amongst other things.

Colette has been involved in simulation training at SaIL since 2010 having led the development and implementation of the inaugural preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and midwives.

Colette is also the conference director for the British Association of Critical Care Nursing where she has facilitated the development of simulation as part of the national and international conference programme.

Amir Bio PhotoMr Amir Darakhshan is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon. His areas of special interest include Inflammatory Bowel Disease (for which he is the surgical lead), the management of Pelvic Floor disorders, and Laparoscopic Surgery. His role in the St Thomas House SaIL Centre reflects his other main interest of Education and Surgical Training.

He graduated from King’s College Hospital and received his surgical training in London and the South East of England, plus Fellowships at Concord General Repatriation Hospital in Sydney, St Thomas’ Hospital and University College Hospital. He was awarded the higher degree of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 2008 and has published on General Surgical, Colorectal and Pelvic Floor disorders.

Outside work he enjoys trekking, cycling, painting and drawing and plays chess socially, hobbies that allow him to spend time with his wife and 3 children.

Gabriel ReedyDr Gabriel Reedy, educational research lead, is a Lecturer in Higher Education at King’s College London. He has a background in technology-enhanced teaching as well as in teaching and learning in practice-based fields.

His doctoral training is in the emerging field of the learning sciences, which seeks to understand the nature of learning as it occurs in situated environments.

He joined the team to lead on research activity in 2011.

Dr Beth Thomas graduated from medical school in London in 2007, and following her personal experiences as a patient, left clinical practice in 2010 to pursue a career in clinical education. She has been involved in simulation training since 2009 and was officially welcomed into the team in 2010, bringing with her a great enthusiasm and passion for education.

In her current role as a Clinical Educator in Simulation, Beth designs, delivers and evaluates mixed-modality clinical simulation courses in a diversity of areas.

Beth is particularly passionate about using simulation to engage with the broader community, and leads the innovative and popular simulation-based health education programme Hands Up for Health (HUfH) for young people in Lambeth and Southwark.


Beth Thomas

Having trained at Kings College London as a physiotherapist, I joined the SaIL team as a clinical educator in 2016.

I continue clinical work alongside this role as a respiratory physiotherapist. The acute medical wards and critical care environment of St Thomas’ have been my working environment since 2013 and feel very familiar – I’m pleased not to leave them altogether.

I have experience teaching on undergraduate physiotherapy and nursing degree courses and I’m excited to be regularly contributing to medical education through the work of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ SaIL centre as it’s first physiotherapist.

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.

Collette joined the team in 2015 after 22 years developing policies at the Department for Education.

She describes her job as rewarding as it enables her to interact with a wide range of people and situations on a daily basis.

When not working at the SaIL centre, Collette manages a social action  project which distributes food to people in need and teaches singing.

Sharmin joined the SaIL team in February 2015 and is responsible for co-ordinating various postgraduate courses. The role involves simulation training courses that aim to help sustain high standards of patient care from healthcare staff around South London.

After graduating at University with a Business Management degree, Sharmin started working at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital. Having worked at the Radiology Department within the trust and now working at the centre, she has now found a keen interest in Medical Education and hopes to expand her knowledge.

Sharmin, in her spare time, loves to read books and watch documentaries.