First SHS Simulated Practice Showcase July 2016

On the 13th July, Janet Hunter welcomed members of the School of Health Sciences (SHS), School of Arts and Social Sciences and Cass Business School to the first SHS Simulated Practice Showcase. Neal Sumner (LEaD) facilitated the session and lead the concluding discussion.

There were five presentations in all, which covered a broad range of topics and approaches.

The first speaker, Professor Alan Simpson spoke about the co-production of role plays and scenarios in a session titled ‘Working with Carers: The Triangle of Care’. This evoked a genuine empathy from the students and feedback from them indicated increased awareness of the challenges faced by service users and their carers.

The second speaker, Martin Rich from the Cass Business School introduced the audience to the fictional town of Millcaster. This was used to teach the various aspect of management studies to undergraduates. Of particular interest in the creation of this scenario was the use of a professional scriptwriter.

Tracy Lindsay spoke about the administration of the first and second generation anti-psychotic medication by students and the confidence that the role play simulation gave to them as a result.

Karen Rawlings-Anderson and Janet Hunter introduced their drug round game, which is based on the concept of snakes and ladders. This also involved engaging students in the process of co-production. You can read more about their game and its impact on their teaching on the City news pages.

Finally, Rosa Benato delivered a session on the public consultation meeting: a simulated healthcare commissioning exercise. This required groups of students to adopt different roles in the contested area of health commission. This helped to raise awareness of various stakeholders in the commissioning process.

In the concluding discussion, the following emerged as learning points:

  • Link to simulated practice to module learning outcomes
  • The importance of thorough preparation and facilitation
  • The importance of creating a ‘Safe Space’ where students can feel confident in exploring different roles.
  • Promoting active learning through role plays and group work activities
  • The importance of emphasising to students how simulation is meaningful learning
  • Make time to capture the learning

A shared feature of the sessions was the stimulation an affective approach to learning where students were expected to develop their empathetic  imagination.

Is simulated practice a signature pedagogy for City University London?

If you’d like any help or support developing simulated practice ideas in your programme or module, please contact LEaD

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4 thoughts on “First SHS Simulated Practice Showcase July 2016

  1. Good write up Neal, and nice use of embedded tweets too!

    I’m guessing that simulatated practice is a far more widely used tool that most people are aware of. It would be interesting to know of other examples from the other three schools too.

  2. a really enjoyable and informative event, hope to encourage more simulators from across City to get together next year.

  3. Great report of the event; if not a signature pedagogy then surely something that should be promoted to existing and potential students as a USP

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