KCLmannequin_MG_4687The Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centres’ focus is providing realistic and safe learning environments in which to teach Healthcare staff and students how to improve patient safety. The aim of this type of training primarily focuses on how individuals work within teams with the intention of helping them cope better with stressful and emotional situations that they will likely encounter in healthcare settings.

We practice this by giving learners the opportunity to practice simulated scenarios that reflect what they do in their everyday working lives. These scenarios occur in environments that are set up to replicate the specific environment that the healthcare professionals work in.

The centres use sophisticated life-size manikins, known as human patient simulators (HPS), to train learners in the non-technical skills related to patient safety such as leadership, communication, team work etc.  The full body human patient simulators breathe, respond to drugs, and have measurable blood pressures and pulse rates.

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Users of the centres can be put into real-life scenarios including intensive care and resuscitation. They can practice their roles in a variety of circumstances and reflect on how they handle potentially stressful and highly-charged emergency situations. This reflection is done by video playback where they have an opportunity after their scenario to view the scenario and discuss what happened. The scenario is debriefed by specially trained healthcare professionals who follow the Debrief Diamond model. This is an invaluable opportunity to understand how their role interacts with patients and other members of the health care team.

The centres also provide facilities where clinical skills can be practiced on a variety of part-body models.

This kind of innovative training has been shown to increase patient safety and improve patient management skills, as training can be done away from the real clinical environment.

Besides running scenarios in simulated environments the centres are also able to conduct in-situ training both in a clinical area in a hospital or any other healthcare environment (for e.g. GP practices).