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Meet The Team

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The award winning Simulated interPRofessional Team Training Programme at Royal Brompton Hospital was founded by mostly voluntary health care providers at the frontline, in order to meet a need for increased awareness of human factor training so that patient care and safety could be improved.

Our vision is to engage all staff involved in patient care in order to improve patient safety and outcome through improved team working and crisis resource management (CRM).

Dr Margarita Burmester
Programme Director
Dr Mary Lane
Programme Director
Sami Collins
Lead Nurse
Kumi De Costa
Lead Nurse
Dr Cecilia Korb
SPRinT Research Fellow
James Woods
Technical consultant
Dr Ajay Desai
SPRinT Faculty
Sadiya Uddin
SPRinT PA
Judy Cotterill
SPRinT Faculty
Neil West
SPRinT Faculty
Helena Sampaio
SPRinT Faculty
Mr Olivier Ghez
Cardiothoracic Consultant
Dan Fossey
SPRinT Faculty
Dr Cathy O’Donoghue
SPRinT Faculty
Dr Caterina Vlachou
SPRinT Faculty
Dr Amy Chan-Dominy
SPRinT Faculty
Andreas Hoschtitzky
SPRinT Faculty
Iryna Atamanyuk
SPRinT Faculty
Abhishek Narayanan
SPRinT Faculty
Lidia Casanueva
SPRinT Faculty
Orsolya Friedrich
SPRinT Faculty

SPRinT Alumni

Dr Margarita Burmester

Programme Director

Dr Margarita Burmester MRCP FRCPCH FFICM MAcadMEd
Director SPRinT programme
Senior Lecturer, National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI)
Lead Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital

Margarita’s main interest in simulation is to enhance patient care and safety at the frontline clinical environment through high level, high stakes in situ interprofessional simulated team training. For this reason she founded the SPRinT (Simulated interPRofessional Team Training) programme at Royal Brompton Hospital in 2008. This award-winning, patient safety educational programme now trains over 100 interprofessional staff from across the Trust each year, and delivers facilitator courses for 50-60 professionals/year in human factor, team training and simulation regionally and nationally.

Margarita has led research in innovative adult learning techniques and tools in order to translate into clinical effectiveness and improvement.

Margarita was a founding member of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC) – a joint venture between Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospitals completed in 2012. Margarita was a Board of Director member of the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshops (IPSSW) from 2011-14 and was Secretary and Research Lead for the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Education, Learning and Simulation (PICSELS) group 2010-14.

Margarita has been an executive member of ASPiH (Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare) since 2016, is currently Simulation Co-Chair for Health Education North West London (HENWL) and sits on the simulation working group of the European Society of Paediatric & Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC). She has been a judge of education and training for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient’s Safety Awards since 2016.

Margarita likes swimming (leisurely, in the summer in Greece!) and playing the piano.

Dr Mary Lane

Programme Director

Dr Mary Lane MBChB, FRCA
Director SPRinT programme
Consultant Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Anaesthetist, Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr Lane joined the SPRinT programme in 2009, developing and leading the expansion of the Mobile SPRinT programme. She served as associate director in 2011 before becoming a Director in 2012. As a director, she has helped lead the development of SPRinT into an internationally recognised and national award winning programme.
Mary has a keen interest in medical education and human factor training, in particular using simulation with a focus on adult learning techniques to enhance and consolidate learning. She is a graduate of the Harvard/Children’s Hospital Boston Simulation Instructor Course (2010/11) and London Deanery Simulation Facilitation Training (2009). In 2015 she completed her Masters in Medical Education, awarded with distinction from the University of Bedfordshire.

Dr Lane has served on the Education Committee of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists since 2013 and as council member of the Patient Safety Section of the Royal Society of Medicine since 2016. As Chair of Royal Brompton’s Experts in Simulation Committee since 2015, she has overseen the implementation of several quality improvement initiatives to promote safe in-situ simulation.

Sami Collins

Lead Nurse

Sami Collins, RSCN 
Deputy SPRinT Nurse
Senior Staff Nurse, Rose Ward, Royal Brompton Hospital

Sami completed her Children’s nursing qualification at Bournemouth University in 2011; she immediately followed her interest of cardiorespiratory nursing to the Royal Brompton where she commenced her role as staff nurse on the Children’s Ward. Through gaining experience and being promoted to Senior Staff Nurse in 2015, Sami developed a keen interest in emergency care and simulation.

After attending the SPRinT Introductory Facilitator’s Course, she subsequently took up the unique role of Deputy SPRinT Nurse in July 2016 where she facilitates weekly SPRinT courses and acts as lead SPRinT nurse for Rose Ward alongside the education team. She continues to develop in this role and also supports study/teaching days around emergency care and simulation as well as assisting at the SPRinT facilitator’s course.

Kumi De Costa

Lead Nurse

Kumi De Costa RGN; BSc (Hons)
SPRinT Faculty
PICU Practice Educator, Royal Brompton Hospital

Kumi has been involved in SPRinT for over two years. She completed the STeLi instructor course in 2008 and recently graduated as an instructor from the Harvard University paediatric advanced simulation instructor course.

Kumi presented the SPRinT team’s work on ‘Basic simulation training on a pediatric intensive care unit; improvement of practitioners’ confidence’ at the second International Paediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW).

Dr Cecilia Korb

SPRinT Research Fellow

Dr Cecilia Korb MD, MSc
SPRinT Research Fellow
PICU Clinical Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr Korb graduated in Medicine and obtained specialty qualifications in Paediatrics and Paediatric Intensive Care in Brazil. While developing a keen interest in medical education and research, she was awarded a Master of Science degree in Paediatric and Child’s Health in 2013. Her involvement with simulation started as PALS course instructor with the American Heart Association in 2010. Since 2015, she has been working with the Simulated InterPRofessional Team Training (SPRinT) programme at Royal Brompton Hospital, focusing on crisis resource management and human factor training.

She has completed the SPRinT Introductory and Advanced Facilitators courses and serves as SPRinT Faculty. Dr Korb is also member of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Her research interest in simulation includes paediatric emergency resternotomy after cardiac surgery, use of the innovative open chest model, team performance improvement through in-situ simulation, and quality CPR.

James Woods

Technical consultant

James Woods BSc (Hons) Software engineering, MCSE,
Royal Brompton Hospital
Senior SPRinT technical consultant

James is an IT specialist who has a keen interest in medical simulation and healthcare IT. He has worked in the UK and in his native Ireland, on multiple complex IT projects including open source web development and comprehensive server infrastructure solutions.
On gaining his BSc, James commenced work at Royal Brompton Hospital, and has been an integral part of the SPRinT programme since its conception.

James is responsible for all aspects of the SPRinT programme from a technical IT perspective. He has developed innovative technical solutions to enhance SPRinT courses, and has supported more than 90% of all SPRinT simulations. He is a faculty member of the introductory and advanced STeLI funded facilitators team training course, training NHS professionals on the technical challenges of running a simulation course.

Dr Ajay Desai

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Ajay Desai MBBS, DCH, DNB (Paed), FRCPCH
SPRinT Faculty
Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr Desai is an experienced paediatric consultant and educator who worked in PICU at St Mary’s Hospital, the ECMO unit at Great Ormond Street and for the Children’s Acute Transport Service before coming to Royal Brompton. Among his research projects Dr Desai has looked at the impact of simulation training on team members when involved in actual resuscitation events. Dr Desai is a graduate of the Children’s Hospital Boston Simulation Instructors workshop and a London Deanery STeLI-trained facilitator.

Dr Desai sits on Education Committee of IPSSW (International Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshops) and is an active member of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Education, Learning and Simulation (PICSELS) group.

Dr Desai teaches regularly on the SPRinT Introductory and Advanced Facilitator Courses.

Sadiya Uddin

SPRinT PA

Sadiya Uddin
SPRinT PA
Personal Assistant to PICU Intensivists & SPRinT Programme

Sadiya joined the Royal Brompton Hospital as an Administrative Apprentice of the business administration apprenticeship programme within Royal Brompton’s Heart Division in 2010. She was part of a team who won the 2011 London NHS Apprenticeship team of the year award. Since 2012, Sadiya assumed the role of PA to the SPRinT programme and ensures the smooth running of many aspects of its administration.

Judy Cotterill

SPRinT Faculty

Judy Cotterill RGN, BSc
SPRinT Faculty
Ward manager/Lead Nurse – Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) & Catheter labs

Judy completed the Boston Children’s Hospital’s simulator instructor workshop (Harvard University) in 2009 and is a trained London STELI Simulation Facilitator. She is currently Ward Manager/Lead Nurse for PACU & catheter labs and helps to lead the development of SPRinT within the Royal Brompton Hospital (RBHT). The SPRinT team has introduced simulation training in latent threats for multi-disciplinary teams focusing on improving communication in order to enhance team work in the workplace.

Judy has also completed the Team Resource Management (TEREMA) master class on Human Factors (HF) and now facilitates workshops on this topic. This course provides knowledge, skills and understanding which enables every professional to perform at their best, to get the best from their team and from the tools, technology and systems which they use.

Judy has presented and co-authored internationally several presentations and publications related to simulation, patient safety and human factors in the PACU environment. Judy is the ward manger/lead nurse of the post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) and catheter labs at the Royal Brompton Hospital, a leading tertiary centre in Europe for cardio thoracic surgery and respiratory medicine. Judy completed her nursing degree in Australia and has an intensive care (ICU), anaesthetic and recovery background in both adult and paediatrics.

Neil West

SPRinT Faculty

Neil West, RSCN, RGN(Child), BSN
SPRinT Faculty
Clinical Educator Royal Brompton Hospital

Neil completed his nursing degree in the Philippines in 1992 and worked in various adult and paediatric units including NICU and A&E. In 2005, he completed an additional degree in children’s nursing in the UK. He has worked in the Paediatric Cardio-Respiratory Ward at Royal Brompton Hospital since 2004, working as Practice Educator since 2007.

Neil completed the STeLI Instructor Course in 2008 and graduated in 2009 as an instructor from the Harvard University Paediatric Advanced Simulation Instructor Course and been involved in simulation since its introduction at Royal Brompton Hospital in Paediatrics. Neil serves yearly on the faculty for the SPRinT Introductory Facilitators’ Course and acts regularly as faculty for SPRinT Courses on the Paediatric Cardio-Respiratory Ward at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Helena Sampaio

SPRinT Faculty

Helena Sampaio RSCN
SPRinT Faculty
PICU Senior Staff Nurse & Advanced Nurse Practitioner Trainee, Royal Brompton Hospital

Helena completed her Nursing degree in Portugal and worked in Neonatal Intensive Care and Paediatric A&E for 6 years, where she competed a Masters degree (MsC) in Paediatric Nursing. She moved to London in 2010 and started working on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Royal Brompton, with an ongoing interest in education and simulation training. Currently training as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (MSc) in this Unit, Helena is responsible for several quality improvement projects and continues to be involved in interprofessional team training.

Since 2013 as a faculty member in the SPRinT team, she has developed and facilitated education programmes that include high fidelity clinical simulation and workshops with an emphasis on human factors and crisis resource management.

She has been invited to present her work at the several national and international conferences with emphasis on simulation training in healthcare, such as Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPIH) and the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW).

Mr Olivier Ghez

Cardiothoracic Consultant

Mr Olivier Ghez MD
Cardiothoracic SPRinT Consultant
Consultant in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Chair of Children’s Heart Services, Royal Brompton Hospital

Mr Ghez studied at the Marseille and Marie Lannelongue Hospitals in Paris, France and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK, and specialises in neonatal and congenital heart defect surgery. He has research experience from Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, and has participated in research studies of congenital heart disease operations and of emergency circulatory support in children.

He is a regular reviewer for the European Journal of Cardio thoracic Surgery and other surgical publications.
Mr Ghez has a keen interest in surgical simulation in particular for clinical performance, team dynamics and conflict management. He was appointed Cardiothoracic SPRinT Consultant in 2010, and has contributed to the design of innovative cardiothoracic models enabling realism of emergency cardiothoracic crises.

Dan Fossey

SPRinT Faculty

Dan Fossey, RSCN
SPRinT Faculty
Paediatric Practice Educator, Royal Brompton Hospital

Dan has worked on Rose Ward for over 10 years, and is currently in post as Clinical Practice Educator. The education team is responsible for the professional development of nursing staff on the unit, and the ability of staff to deal with crisis situations is one the team holds as a priority.

Dan has been a member of the SPRinT faculty since 2012. He has a special interest in simulation and Crisis Resource Management incorporating this into ward teaching and as part of a programme for newly qualified nurses.

He completed the Advanced Facilitators Course at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 2013, and works with the team on the planning and provision of monthly scenarios on Rose Ward.

Dr Cathy O’Donoghue

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Cathy O’Donoghue MB, BCh, BAO, FRCA
SPRinT Faculty
Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr O’Donoghue completed her anaesthesia training in Ireland with further cardiothoracic fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospitals in Boston.

In 2013 she moved to the Royal Brompton Hospital from an assistant professor position at University of Florida Health. She has a special interest in medical education and is a recent recruit to the SPRinT faculty team.

Dr Caterina Vlachou

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Caterina Vlachou MBBS
SPRinT Faculty
Consultant Adult and Congenital Cardiac Anaesthetist/Intensivist, Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr Vlachou has been working at the Royal Brompton in both Theatres and Critical Care Environments (High Dependency Unit). She is passionate about medical education, training and teaching, with a particular niche in Simulation and Human Factors.

She is part of the faculty team running regular SPRinT courses in the High Dependency Unit, planning to contribute expanding the training to other critical areas and theatres.

Dr Amy Chan-Dominy

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Amy Chan-Dominy  
SPRinT Faculty
Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr Chan-Dominy graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with postgraduate training in internal medicine and anaesthesia in both the UK and New Zealand. She then went onto train in intensive care medicine under the Australasia College of Intensive Care Medicine.
In 2006 to 2008, she completed research and clinical fellowship at the London King’s College Liver Institute and Liver Intensive Therapy Unit.

Since 2008, her clinical time has been equally shared between adult and paediatric intensive care medicine at centres for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), heart-lung transplantation and congenital heart surgery. This has included the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital, and Royal Brompton Hospital.

Andreas Hoschtitzky

SPRinT Faculty

Mr. J. Andreas Hoschtitzky MSc FRCSEd (CTh)
SPRinT Faculty
Consultant Paediatric and Adult Cardiac Surgeon Royal Brompton Hospital

Mr. Andreas Hoschtitzky went to medical school at Leiden University in the Netherlands, following which he pursued his post-graduate cardiac surgical training in London, Bristol and Manchester with Congenital Cardiac Fellowships at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Evelina Children’s Hospitals in London. Previously, he was the Clinical Lead at the Northwest regional ACHD Centre in Manchester, where he served as educational and clinical supervisor and worked as a Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital from 2010 to 2017. He also setup the Regional Septal Myectomy Program for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He is a Consultant Paediatric and Adult Cardiac Surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and specializes in the correction of complex congenital heart defects including: valve repair surgery of mitral, tricuspid (particularly Ebstein’s anomaly), aortic and pulmonary valves, aortic root surgery including valve sparing aortic root replacement and Ross procedure, aortic aneurysm surgery, and surgery for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His academic interests are the long-term outcomes after surgery for congenital heart defects, innovative and improved strategies for re-operative surgery, complex repairs of congenital valve problems and aortic root problems and lastly translational research of effects of surgery in tetralogy of Fallot and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy on the ventricles as far as heart failure modification and arrhythmia modification is concerned. In addition to surgical research, he has a strong interest in quality improvement and education and has been part of the SPRINT faculty since 2018.

Iryna Atamanyuk

SPRinT Faculty

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Abhishek Narayanan

SPRinT Faculty

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Lidia Casanueva

SPRinT Faculty

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Orsolya Friedrich

SPRinT Faculty

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