Clinical simulation has been used in healthcare for centuries and has gradually become essential for training pre- and post-graduate students. Recently it has become a very useful tool to help improve patient safety across the NHS by addressing some of the human and non-human factors that contribute to clinical errors.
At North Devon District Hospital we have been running simulation sessions for more than 8 years. It was first introduced by the Anaesthetic & Theatre departments and is now being used across a range of other specialties including Physiotherapy, Paediatrics and Maternity. Initially these sessions were run in a small area in the clinical skills room (MEC) or as Point of Care (POC) simulation. In collaboration with various clinical and non-clinical members, the Clinical Simulation Suite was built in the Medical Education Centre in July 2015.
The North Devon Clinical Simulation Group, which includes Doctors, Nurses, Theatre Practitioners and Clinical Educators are responsible for developing and delivering clinical simulation sessions across North Devon Health Care NHS Trust.