Today members of the SaIL team will be heading out to attend and present at the 15th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2016 conference in San Diego, California running from the 16th to 20th January 2016.

Joining simulation and education peers and experts from around the globe, this is the largest gathering of simulation healthcare professionals to share best practices.

Peter Jaye will be hosting an innovative workshop with Suzie Wilson from Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine introducing the concepts and ideas of arts-based learning in simulation, a partnership that has created unique arts-based training programmes that enhances care and compassion in healthcare professionals.

The team, led by Peter Jaye and Gabriel Reedy will host two exciting interative workshops centred around debriefs titled ‘Expert debriefing: the right tool for the job’ and ‘Evaluate learning in a debrief: how do we do it, what does it tell us?’ working alongside partner colleagues from King’s College London, University of Surrey and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Gabriel Reedy has also been invited to participate in a panel with several expert simulation practitioners and scholars from around the globe, sharing their ideas and experiences using particular theories for educational-based simulation.

Beth Thomas will deliver a podium presentation titled ‘Share Simulation with Inner City Youths: Lead Simulation into Wider Community Education’ with Professor Anna Jones from Glasgow Caledonian University, presenting new possibilities for using simulation outside of healthcare education settings, in particular to positively impact wider community education, supported by the evaluation findings from our popular and highly successful Hands Up for Health programme.
We wish all the team the best of luck and look forward to their return to hear what’s ‘hot’ in the world of simulation!

Predict, Prescribe, Prognosticate

The State of the Art Meeting is the UK’s largest gathering for Intensive Care Professionals. It features key note speakers, both UK based and international, an exhibition, poster presentations and research awards and grants.

Dates: Monday 8th December – Wednesday 10th December 2014

Venue: The ICC, East Excel, London One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

Deadlines:

Early Bird registration: 29th December 2014

Abstract Free Paper Presentations: 7th August 2014

Gold Medal Award: 7th August 2014

For more information click here!

St Thomas House SaIL Centre is a partner in a new Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare to be funded over three years by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity in a collaboration between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The grant holders are: Dr Peter Jaye (Director of Simulation, GSTT); Dr Janet Anderson (Senior Lecturer, KCL); Dr Alastair Ross (Senior Research Fellow, KCL); and Patricia Snell (Assistant Director, Clinical Governance, GSTT). The award is for £580,598 over three years from autumn 2013.

The Centre will involve projects in different clinical areas including Emergency Medicine and Older Persons’ Care and will focus on: good practice; adaptability, flexibility and problem solving; the ability to recover when something does go wrong; and provision of supportive organisational cultures.

Staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ are putting themselves in the shoes of older patients by using an innovative ageing simulation suit that helps them experience life as an older person.

One of only three in use in the NHS, the suit has been specifically developed to reduce movement, hearing and vision, and was worn by staff to better understand the challenges elderly patients face every day.

Head of Nursing for Acute Medicine at the Trust, Heidi Jensen, said it was an important experience to help build the specific skills required to care for older patients with complex needs.

“We didn’t want to just tell staff how to help patients, we wanted them to experience the difficulties our patients face and come up with their own suggestions for how we can improve care for our older patients,” Heidi said.

“The suit has weighted wristbands and armbands to weigh the wearer down and make their joints stiff, a stiff back support to simulate curvature of the spine due to osteoporosis, ear plugs to make hearing difficult and goggles to reduce vision.

“It can also include gloves to reduce sensitivity in the hands, replicating the effects of diabetes brought on by age.”

One member of staff said: “It has really made me think about what our patients go through and what is the best way to help them to carry out daily tasks.

“We were asked to do an everyday activity, so I tried to get out of bed, put on pyjamas, and use the loo while wearing the suit – but it was so difficult to do the things I take for granted. I couldn’t move easily and had to cling to furniture to keep my balance, and I wasn’t always aware of what was going on around me.”

Girda, a staff nurse, said: “I was asked to eat food while wearing the suit – I found it almost impossible and quite distressing, which showed me how much help some older patients really need during meal times.”