High fidelity simulation training
Health professionals undergo state-of-the-art training at our dedicated Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at St Thomas' Hospital.
The centre includes:
- an outpatient consulting room
- a six-bed ward/clinical skills training space
- an operating theatre/two-bed intensive care unit ward
- a home environment
- a surgical simulation room.
Find out more about the SaIL Centre at St Thomas' Hospital.
What is medical simulation?
A full immersion medical simulator is similar to flight simulators used to train pilots.
Sophisticated manikins, known as human patient simulators, provide healthcare professionals with a computer-based patient. The manikins breathe, talk, have audible heart and lung sounds, a measurable pulse rate, and can even be given drugs and fluids.
Simulation training: the benefits
Simulation is a training and feedback method, where learners practice tasks in life-like circumstances.
Using our excellent facilities, trainees can rehearse and perfect even the most complex procedures.
The training allows staff to:
- increase the safety of patients
- practise dealing with errors
- improve their skills in managing patients.
Why have a dedicated simulation centre?
We have been using simulation to train healthcare professionals for several years.
At first, we took a manikin, known as a human patient simulator (HPS), to operating theatres, labour wards, cardiac catheter laboratories and accident and emergency for training sessions lasting four to eight hours.
While this provided effective in situ training, it was time consuming to transport and set up the HPS. Also, the availability of venues could change: in a real-life clinical setting, emergencies cropped up that might lead to training being cancelled at the last minute.
Hence, we set up the specially equipped, hi-tech, dedicated SaIL centre at St Thomas' House, St Thomas' Hospital.
Simulation training at Guy's
We also have a simulator training space in the Sherman education centre at Guy's Hospital, which includes a simulation training lab and a large, surgical simulation room.
These facilities have several computer-controlled whole-body manikins that breathe, talk, have audible heart and lung sounds, a measurable pulse rate, and can be given drugs and fluids.
Using these excellent facilities, trainees can experience real-life healthcare scenarios.