Almost a decade of successful team training

The programme was founded in 2008 by individual health care providers at the frontline, in order to meet a need for increased awareness of human factor training. We started with 14 interprofessional, cross-departmental faculty who underwent Harvard graduate and postgraduate simulation and adult learning courses.

The success of our programme has been recognised through national awards in education and training in patient safety, including STeLI Educational Excellence Innovation Awards (2010, 2011, 2012) and the HSJ Patient Safety Award 2015.

Expertise in delivery of simulation in real clinical environment

We provide effective high quality, high fidelity embedded in situ simulation team training courses to all interprofessional staff involved in clinical emergency events, from healthcare assistants and play therapists to consultant cardiothoracic surgeons.

Staff attend our courses during their working time with all resources available on the real workplace.Our programme uses the most advanced simulation mannequins and our own patented models we have developed to recreate realistic life-threatening events and optimise engagement of all professionals.

Resternotomy Skills Trainer

Our brand new Resternotomy Skills Trainer provides surgical staff the opportunity to practice the skills required for safe, fast resternotomy.

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Crisis Resource Management Training

We focus on crisis resource management (CRM) training with an emphasis on team performance rehearsing the management of rarely occurring critical events and critical incidents. Assessment of team performance is vital to identify gaps that could affect patient care and require further training. We use TeamMonitor, a validated 9-dimension team-based self-monitoring tool, to assess team performance on all our in-situ simulation courses.

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In-situ simulation courses

We run regular embedded in-situ simulation courses at Royal Brompton Hospital which focus upon interprofessional team training for all staff expected to respond to an emergency. Staff attend these courses during their work shift and at their usual workplace utilising all equipment and resources required during a real emergency. We also engage with patients and their families about their perceptions of this training and initial responses show strong support for this type of training.

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Simulation Facilitator Courses

We run simulation facilitator courses to empower other hospitals to replicate our success. Since 2011 we have run 2 introductory and 2 advanced facilitator courses each year. Bespoke facilitator courses have been delivered to other NHS hospitals and abroad.

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Resilience Engineering

SPRinT forges individual, team and system resilience by proactively testing the fabric of the workplace for potential threats to patient safety. These latent threats identified during SPRinT courses are mitigated through system and service changes, which ultimately improve patient safety.
SPRinT faculty collaborates with the Trust Quality & Safety department and SPRinT led system improvements have been implemented Trust-wide.

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Improved Patient Care

The high stakes nature of clinical emergency events requires a co-ordinated team response to ensure better and safer patient care. Team deficits in communication are the greatest proven driver of patient outcome. Our in-situ simulation scenarios aim for all staff involved in patient care to optimise patient safety and outcome through improved team-working and crisis resource management.

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Translational research

Simulation is a powerful educational tool. Its use for clinical and procedural skills training is well established. There is also growing body of evidence for its use on team training and system changes to ensure better patient care. We want to collaborate on providing evidence that simulation works. Our research interests ensure that methodology and quality improvement projects are shared to facilitate translational research into patient safety. We have presented our results and delivered workshops in national and international critical care, anaesthetic, surgical and simulation conferences.

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