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Simulation Centre

The Simulation Centre in St. Mary’s Hospital brings a whole range of new health care training opportunities to the Island.

Opened in 2013 as a Centre dedicated to learning through simulated clinical situations, the Simulation Centre offers local access to special training opportunities for a wide range of local health care professionals.





Using modern equipment and with access to additional resources from the regional simulation network a wide range of clinical situations can be simulated:

  • Difficult communication, enlisting actors from Southampton University

e.g.  conflicts, bereavement, breaking bad news, dealing with complaints

  • Team cooperation and communication during critical situations

Different healthcare professions cooperating for best possible outcome

Safe introduction of new colleagues into standardized clinical environments

Emergency situation drills such as loss of power/oxygen/light etc

  • Personal manual and knowledge skills in recognising and dealing with crisis situations

Practice new skills safely on a manikin

Safely and effectively update rarely used knowledge and manual skills

  • Specialty-specific personal skills updates for well-known but very rare complications, such as

Malignant Hyperthermia

Thyrotoxic crisis

Anaphylactic reactions and acute serious drug side effects

Cardiac arrest and full cardio-pulmonary resuscitation

Airway management

Management of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, including defibrillation and cardioversion


Various shock forms

Managing acute treatment side effects and complications

What is Clinical Simulation?

Simulation in healthcare goes back more than 30 years. It follows practice in aviation and nuclear industries where personal and team training and crisis simulation have been established as an effective part of risk control and reduction.

Compared to other forms of learning such as classroom lessons or reading, simulation adds situational and emotional contexts, which significantly improve memory formation and stimulate self-reflection. The learned content remains in memory longer and can be reproduced more reliably in real life situations.

Simulation adds an additional layer of hands-on-learning and refining practice before working with patients. From a patient perspective, simulation based learning provides an effective additional level of safety. From a professional’s perspective, it adds opportunities to practice and refine skills and knowledge without putting patients at risk, to gain confidence and improve quality of personal practice.

Our philosophy is to allow a wide variety of healthcare practitioners to learn and update personal and team practice in safety and confidence. Underpinning knowledge and new skills acquired in conferences or external courses can be safely implemented locally. Existing but rarely used knowledge and skills can be updated effectively by hands-on practice in realistic situations. We are keen to provide a supportive non-judgmental learning atmosphere that allows learning from errors.

Where to find the Simulation Centre

We are in the Education Centre behind St. Mary’s Hospital. Contact us via or directly: Allison Harries in the Education Centre or Michael Luckmann in Anaesthetics.

How does it work?

We start a simulation scenario with an introduction to the equipment and faculty team. If not done before, learning objectives will be explained by a facilitator from your clinical/specialty area. A simulation session is for individuals or small groups (1-3), usually lasting 10-30 minutes. After the scenario, a group debriefing session (15-45 minutes) will allow participants to reflect on what happened, make sense of events and actions and identify good practice and lessons to be learnt. A single scenario for 1-3 participants takes around an hour to complete. Other participants can follow events in the simulation room via video and audio transmission into lecture theatres and contribute to feedback and learning during debriefing.

What we currently offer

As there is no Trust funding available for a local person to regularly work in the Simulation Centre we are somewhat limited in our current options. Establishing a multi-professional faculty, currently with three team members (Louise Walker, Ambulance - Carl Read, Senior Simulation Technician – Southampton University and Michael Luckmann, Anaesthetics) is one of our first objectives. In parallel we are in the process of establishing regular simulation days dealing with acute illness situations for Foundation Year (1+2) doctors as part of their learning curriculum.

We would like to extend simulation-based learning to all clinical areas for a variety of purposes. For this to happen we are looking for colleagues with expertise and some teaching experience in their area to set up learning scenarios. If you are interested in exploring options for your clinical specialty, think about learning needs and objectives, which can be achieved through simulation – and do get in contact with us how to set this up.

We are looking for Faculty!

If you are a healthcare practitioner, have some time to invest and are interested in contributing to and learning from clinical simulation, please do get in contact with us – we are keen to expand our multidisciplinary team. Simulation is a great combination of fun working together, learning and helping others.

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