Nature of Course: Open to internal and external attendees

Course Director: Mr Kumar Kunde, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist


SaIL_JPerugia-5728The 5 half-day sessions include lectures, videos, demonstrations and practical training.

Modules and topics include object manipulation and hand eye co-ordination, laparoscopic entry techniques, use of energy sources and devices, laparoscopic management of ectopic pregnancy, laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy and laparoscopic suturing techniques.

Each trainee is lent a laparoscopy training box (laprotrainer) to take home to practice the skills learned at each session.

We provide training in operative skills for basic and intermediate level laparoscopic surgery.


  • London obstetrics and gynaecology trainees at ST2-5 levels.


  • To be announced

*Please note it is mandatory to attend all 5 dates


  • £350, plus a £200 deposit (refunded on the return of the training box).


To book onto the course please complete the booking form and return to Simulation Team

For more information please see the course flyer or  contact the Simulation team on 0207 188 4802 or email  the Simulation Team


Developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

*Awarded 6 CPD points from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edingburgh

Course duration: One day

Time: 08:00-16:30

Course convenor: Mr Simon Paterson-Brown (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

The Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) system is a behavioural rating system developed by a multi-disciplinary group comprising surgeons, psychologists, and anaesthetists in Scotland. NOTSS describes the main observable non-technical skills associated with good surgical practice. When used in conjunction with medical knowledge and clinical skills, NOTSS can be used to observe and rate surgeons’ behaviour in theatre in a structured manner and allow a clear and transparent assessment of training needs.SaIL_JPerugia-4868

The course examines the non-technical skills which underpin good operative performance using short talks, video simulated scenarios, an audience response voting system and small group discussions.

At the end of the course participants will be able to understand the theories and research relating to adverse events in surgery and the importance of the non-technical skills in improving performance.

They will also be able to use the NOTSS taxonomy to observe, rate and provide feedback on behaviours in the operating room.

This course is suitable for:

Consultant Surgeons and Surgical Trainees from all surgical specialties.


  • To be announced
  • Please contact the Simulation Team to join the waiting list for future dates.


  • Free to staff working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)
  • £175 for non-GSTT participants


Please contact the Simulation Team for more information.

Nature of Course:  Open to internal and external attendees

Course Director: Marilyn McDougall, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care


An inter professional one-day course incorporating a mix of high fidelity simulation techniques, lectures and workshops exploring the management of acutely unwell children and children who require home ventilation. There is a focus on non-technical skills and in particular problems that link paediatric community practice and hospital medicine. It will bring together multi-professionals to learn from and amongst one another whilst allowing opportunity to network and forge relationships to improve holistic care delivered to children.


  • Paediatric trainees and consultants
  • General Practitioners
  • Community Health Workers
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Hospice Teams
  • Allied Health Professionals


  • To be announced


  • Free to eligible attendees


  • Please contact the Simulation team to register your interest

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

Nature of Course:Jan 19 2012 SaIL Yr 5 medic students 118 Open to internal GSTT attendees only

Course Director: Dr Chris Langrish, Consultant Anaesthetist


The course begins with an introduction to non-technical skills  (NTS). This outlines key non-technical skills/human factors involved in caring for patients, such as effective communication, anticipation and planning, and taking a leadership role.

We then cover 5 to 6 scenarios during the day. We debrief after each scenario, focusing on the key NTS points.

To be realistic, the scenarios use high-fidelity simulation.

We aim to improve the way professionals interact at work to benefit patients and prevent avoidable mistakes.



This 1-day course is suitable for all multidisciplinary team members and bands 5, 6 and 7 nurses.



  • To be announced


  • There is no charge to internal attendees.


Staff are rota’d to attend by their relevant clinical line managers. Please contact the following:

Doctors – Krystina Williams – Junior Doctor Administrator
Nurses – Cesca Faro-Wing – Practice Development Nurse

For further information:

Contact the Simulation Team or call 0207 188 4802

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.

For more information:

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:

I am a Senior Registrar in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine in the final year of training before heading to be a consultant in Emergency Medicine.

I joined GSTT in August 2015 as a Simulation Fellow. I enjoy working at the SaIL Centre as I am part of a multidisciplinary faculty team teaching a wide variety of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals and introducing the concept of non-technical skills.

I look forward to setting up Simulation In-Situ as part of the teaching programme in the department and to be an expert debriefer. While I am not at work, I will be looking after my little family or jogging aside the Thames.