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!

Sociological Fidelity: keeping the Patient at the heart of interprofessional learning – article by past simulation Fellow Libby Thomas and Scott Reeves in the Journal of Interprofessional Learning.

Over the past decade or so there has been an extraordinary expansion of a variety of simulated learning activities involving a wide range of students and practitioners from a number of different professional groups. A key focus for educators is achieving ‘high fidelity’ simulated educational experiences for their learners.

Read the full article at

J Interprof Care, 2015: 29(3): 177-178

Course proposals and Abstract Submission is now open for the 16th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare

Deadline: Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The theme for IMSH 2016:  Discover, Share, Lead.


There is an increasing need for discovery and learning from fields outside of healthcare education.  The IMSH 2016 Planning Committee is interested in bringing innovative concepts from both inside and outside of healthcare to the SSH audience.  We are interested in content that shows potential for adaptation to healthcare simulation.


We see a need to more effectively connect patients with their healthcare providers.  Sharing and creating links between everyone who experiences healthcare is critical. One prominent gap we’d like to address exists between healthcare providers and their patients in terms of their shared experience.  We’re looking for content that helps bridge this gap, sharing the stories and experiences that can transform how we now deliver care.


IMSH 2016 will feature a new leadership development track.  The development of leadership skills within healthcare simulation is not only a Society priority, but a mandate for simulation stakeholders if we are to move the agenda of simulation ever further in today’s challenging healthcare environment. Share your expertise in leadership as we develop this new and important content area for IMSH 2016.

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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.’

To read the full article click here


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.

Link to full article:

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.


To read the full article click here:

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

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


Early Bird registration: 29th December 2014

Abstract Free Paper Presentations: 7th August 2014

Gold Medal Award: 7th August 2014

For more information click here!