Information for participants
As we will explain at the beginning of the course our centre operates with some general principles in mind. In particular is the concept that this is a safe learning environment. This means that you should feel confident to express your opinions and feelings. We acknowledge that the experience of simulation puts some people outside of their comfort zone and that your performance here does not necessarily reflect your ability or practice in real life. At SaIL nobody is being judged, we are all here to learn.
What will I do?
Our courses vary significantly from course to course however you should come expecting to participate. A proportion of your time will be spent simulating different scenarios in a simulation suite. This room has the ability to be transformed into virtually any clinical area that you might work in. Often the simulations involve a manikin which is a high fidelity human patient simulator. These manikins have many advanced features for mimicking real life or illness and we expect you to try to treat the manikins as a real person. Sometimes the simulations will involve actors. The rest of the time will be spent learning from the simulations through a process of group reflection called debrief.
What will I learn?
You should expect to learn something about the clinical conditions that we simulate and how to manage them but you will also hopefully learn about human factors. Human factors (also called non-technical skills) are the skills we use in order to practice safely and effectively in teams and/or in times of stress. Human factors are involved in everything we do even when we are not aware of it. A big part of what we do at SaIL is around increasing awareness of human factors and how they impact on us and the jobs we do as well as hopefully improving people’s ability to use their non-technical skills.
Who will be on the course?
Usually the candidates on a course will be a mix of people who you may know from your own hospital or include people from other trusts. There may also be a mix of experience and a mix of professions or specialties. A wide range of candidates helps to reflect the wide range of professionals you would usually work with on a day to day basis. Everyone stands to learn something, even the faculty, and we aim to make the courses relevant to everyone who attends.
What should I wear?
High fidelity simulation courses aim to be as realistic as possible therefore participants are expected to come dressed how they would for work. Participants will not be asked to role play outside of their normal job role – you are only expected to be yourselves.