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Simulation training at Bristol hospitals helps improve emergency care

University Hospitals Bristol are benefitting from a programme which delivers simulation training to most acute clinical areas.


The programme started 10 months ago and has grown to deliver training in 16 acute clinical areas on a monthly basis. During these 10 months, training has been provided to 778 staff members at all levels.

Dr Clinton Lobo, Anaesthetist and Intensivist, based at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, is one of a number of simulation professionals working with Health Education England in the south west. Dr Lobo designed and implemented the programme, which used simulation to train staff in the management of emergency situations, focussing on both medical and well-being. By running simulation sessions in clinical areas alongside patient care, staff were able to work in their usual teams so that their training was relevant to their day-to-day work.

The training sessions have been delivered in a large number of clinical areas, including the emergency department, operating theatres, intensive care units, obstetric theatres, and medical and surgical wards. As a result of these training sessions, there have been a number of improvement projects, to streamline the system in which staff work. There have also been several reports of improved patient care during emergency situations.

Dr Lobo explained “Simulation training is invaluable in the delivery of team training. It is useful in identifying areas where we can improve, without exposing patients to harm. Simulation also has the potential for trialling new procedures or delivering further training prior to expansion of services.”

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