Dr Margarita Burmester

Director SPRinT Programme

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

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.

Lydia Lofton

Lead Nurse SPRinT Programme

Lydia Lofton, RN, BSN, FHEA Lead Nurse for the SPRinT Programme Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse, Royal Brompton Hospital Lydia is a Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care nurse with specialty interest areas in team training, human factors, and parental perceptions of in-situ simulation. As Lead Nurse for the SPRinT Programme, she works with SPRinT Programme Directors to develop programmes and research. She is faculty on SPRinT Introductory and Advanced Facilitator Courses, and has completed Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare© (DASH©) rater training in order to lead faculty development and quality assurance for the SPRinT Programme. Lydia sits on the hospital-wide simulation strategy group and is currently working throughout the hospital to mentor teams to embed team training in other departments. As well as working with the SPRinT Programme, Lydia is currently Multi-Professional Lead for Simulation at UCLPartners, working to enhance collaboration across a wide geography in an effort to promote excellence and equity of access to simulation based education initiatives across professional groups. Lydia is currently undertaking an MA in Clinical Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS), and the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) where she is serving as chair of the newly developed Paediatric Special Interest Group.

Dr Cecilia Korb

SPRinT Research Fellow

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.

I am Sami Collins

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.

I am James Woods

Technical consultant

I am 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.

I am 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.

I am 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.

I am 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.

I am Kumi De Costa

SPRinT Faculty

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).

I am 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.

I am 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.

I am 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).

I am Julie Combes

SPRinT Faculty

Julie Combes PG Dip Clinical Education, FHEA SPRinT Faculty National Clinical Programme Manager, Royal Brompton Hospital Julie is a trained facilitator and graduate of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulation instructor workshop; she has been a member of the SPRinT faculty since 2010, with a special interest in inter-professional education. Julie worked at University College London Hospital as Associate Director of Clinical Education, responsible for driving a vision of equal access to effective high quality education across all disciplines in order to promote organisational effectiveness. She had professional oversight of the Trust Simulation Centre, delivering over 200 programmes a year for PGME, nursing and allied health professionals while collaborating with all professional education leads and commissioner such as HEE. Julie has extensive experience as a nurse working within the speciality of cardio-thoracic paediatric intensive care. She specialised in retrieval services and education within The Royal Brompton Paediatric directorate with responsibility for the continued professional development of the nursing workforce. More recently Julie has taken on role as a national clinical programme manager implementing innovative technology enhanced patient pathways. One of Julie’s most fascinating experiences has been in designing curricula utilising simulation and blended approaches for health care professionals while serving on Paediatric Cardiac medical missions in a developing country.

I am 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.

I am Dr Caterina Vlachou MBBS

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.

I am Dr Craig Knott

SPRinT Research Fellow

Dr Craig Knott SPRinT Research Fellow PICU Clinical Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital Dr Knott graduated from his medical degree at Wadham College, University of Oxford, and University College London in 2005. He subsequently worked in the North Thames Deanery and achieved a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Paediatrics in 2015. He maintained an interest in Intensive Care Medicine during this training, and is now undertaking further training in intensive care post-CCT including having undertaken a Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2016. Dr. Knott joined the SPRinT team in 2017, having already undertaken the SPRinT Introductory Facilitators course, and is now undertaking the Advanced Facilitators Course. Dr. Knott is developing his research interests in Simulation including paediatric emergency re-sternotomy after cardiac surgery, use of the innovative open chest model, team performance improvement through in-situ simulation, and quality CPR.

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Dr Margarita Burmester

Dr Margarita Burmester

Director SPRinT Programme

Dr Margarita Burmester

Director SPRinT Programme

Dr Mary Lane

Dr Mary Lane

Director SPRinT programme

Dr Mary Lane

Director SPRinT programme

Lydia Lofton

Lydia Lofton

Lead Nurse SPRinT Programme

Lydia Lofton

Lead Nurse SPRinT Programme

Dr Cecilia Korb

Dr Cecilia Korb

SPRinT Research Fellow

Dr Cecilia Korb

SPRinT Research Fellow

Sami Collins

Sami Collins

Deputy SPRinT Nurse

Sami Collins

Deputy SPRinT Nurse

James Woods

James Woods

Technical consultant

James Woods

Technical consultant

Sadiya Uddin

Sadiya Uddin

SPRinT PA

Sadiya Uddin

SPRinT PA

Dr Ajay Desai

Dr Ajay Desai

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Ajay Desai

SPRinT Faculty

Judy Cotterill

Judy Cotterill

SPRinT Faculty

Judy Cotterill

SPRinT Faculty

Neil West

Neil West

SPRinT Faculty

Neil West

SPRinT Faculty

Kumi De Costa

Kumi De Costa

SPRinT Faculty

Kumi De Costa

SPRinT Faculty

Mr Olivier Ghez

Mr Olivier Ghez

Cardiothoracic Consultant

Mr Olivier Ghez

Cardiothoracic Consultant

Dan Fossey

Dan Fossey

SPRinT Faculty

Dan Fossey

SPRinT Faculty

Helena Sampaio

Helena Sampaio

SPRinT Faculty

Helena Sampaio

SPRinT Faculty

Julie Combes

Julie Combes

SPRinT Faculty

Julie Combes

SPRinT Faculty

Cathy O’Donoghue

Cathy O’Donoghue

SPRinT Faculty

Cathy O’Donoghue

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Caterina Vlachou MBBS

SPRinT Faculty

Dr Craig Knott

Dr Craig Knott

SPRinT Research Fellow

Dr Craig Knott

SPRinT Research Fellow

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