Raj is a paediatric trainee in London and was a simulation fellow at the SaIL Centre in 2013-2014. His interest in simulation began when he undertook a fellowship with the London School of Paediatrics in Leadership, Management and Medical Education in 2010.

During this time, he developed an interest in patient safety and quality assurance and began undertaking his MA in Clinical Education with his dissertation being focused on the use of simulation in medical education. Outside of medicine, he has a passion for travel, SCBU diving and photography, although this has left him bankrupt.

Raj has now returned to the Centre as a part-time Simulation Fellow while he completes a PhD.

Collette joined the team in 2015 after 22 years developing policies at the Department for Education.

She describes her job as rewarding as it enables her to interact with a wide range of people and situations on a daily basis.

When not working at the SaIL centre, Collette manages a social action  project which distributes food to people in need and teaches singing.

Sharmin joined the SaIL team in February 2015 and is responsible for co-ordinating various postgraduate courses. The role involves simulation training courses that aim to help sustain high standards of patient care from healthcare staff around South London.

After graduating at University with a Business Management degree, Sharmin started working at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital. Having worked at the Radiology Department within the trust and now working at the centre, she has now found a keen interest in Medical Education and hopes to expand her knowledge.

Sharmin, in her spare time, loves to read books and watch documentaries.

Nature of course: Open to employees of Health Education South London only

Course Director: Dr Shumontha Dev, Consultant in Emergency Medicine


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.

Six scenarios are covered during the day. Each scenario is debriefed by a trained debriefer. To aid realism, 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 for emergency medicine doctors and nurses of all grades.


  • 20th Dec 2017


  • Although this course is centrally funded, making it free for you to attend, you may be charged if you book a place but do not attend on the day.


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



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 www.chfg.org

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: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/nov/02/dance-shows-curers-how-to-heal

Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) will be holding a Resilience in Healthcare Masterclass 7-8 May 2015


Keynote Talk from Professor Erik Hollnagel

One and a half day course aimed at researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to apply resilience engineering concepts to improve care quality and safety. The interactive masterclass, delivered by academics and healthcare professionals, will include an overview of resilience engineering principles and show how these can be applied to improve the quality of patient care.

For more information or to book a place on the Masterclass, please visit: http://resilencecentre.org.uk/masterclass

For further details about CARe, please visit: http://resiliencecentre.org.uk

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: http://www.sesambelfast2015.com/abstracts.html 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