School of Health Sciences Simulated Practice Showcase April 2017

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The second School of Health Sciences Simulated Practice Showcase took place on 6th April 2017 , following the first event back in July 2016. The event was facilitated by Janet Hunter in the School of Health Sciences and Professor Clive Holtham, from the Cass Business School.

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

The first speaker, Valence Hughes, a Lecturer in Child Health discuss the challenges of running a debriefing simulation in his talk entitled “Human factors simulation and learning through debriefing “. He noted that he used the PEARLS (Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation) model for debriefing

The second speakers, Karen Rawlings-Anderson and Santanu Vasant (LEaD) discussed Inter-professional learning using service user narrative using video. They noted how valuable the students found learning from each other, however, they wanted more time and a different type of learning space to do the activities, so that they could move around more which were to reflect on the difficulty they had with swallowing, discharge and communication.

The third speaker, Sarwan Singh, a Lecturer in Law discussed the use of simulated practice to develop the skills of the lawyer (advocacy etc). He noted that reading what the client thinks is very important. He also stated how the outcomes are always different when using simulated practice and case studies to teach this way. The students also learnt from others around them, not just from the tutors.


The fourth speaker, Tracy Lindsay, a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing discussing how videos can be used to teach mental health conditions such as depression and psychosis. She noted how students like to see their tutors in videos, which makes it more personal.

Concluding the talks, Rosa Benato discussed how simulated practice was used to teach the sensitive issue of trans-gender patients in various health science modules. She hold the audience of the issues and the terminology were introduced through simulated practice.

In the concluding discussion, the following emerged as learning points to be taken forward:

  • The importance of debriefing the learning that has taken place
  • How do you assess simulated practice – it seemed our Law School has a headstart on this?
  • Issues around the capturing of sound in the TECs suite
  • Staff reflecting what works well in simulated practice

A shared feature of the sessions was that teaching in this way is more work and we still have lots to learn from each other on topics of briefing, assessment, use of technology and reflective practice in simulated practice.

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

Are there examples of simulated practice in your own context that you can share? We are looking Engineering and Mathematics academics who are conducting simulated practice teaching and those that have not presented to date. Please use the comments section below or create a blog post yourself, please contact the blog group.

The next Simulated Practice Showcase event is on 11th July, 12-2pm, venue TBC.

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