TSCSC & GAPS May 2018

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Please find enclosed your programme for the above simulation course on:

9th, 10th & 11th May 2018 being held at St. George’s Advanced Patient Simulation & Skills Centre (GAPS)

The two centres and NHSBT Education Team look forward to working with you over the three days and look forward to this learner centered programme of technology enhanced teaching & learning.

Registration is at 09:00am on Day 1 in your respective centres. The GAPS center located on the 4th Floor of Hunter Wing in the Medical School and I have enclosed a map for your perusal. Please note that we will supply full catering whilst you are with us starting with coffee and breakfast on day 1. Should you have a special dietary requirements please contact us on the below number or email simulation.admin@stgeorges.nhs.uk.

Course Aims

To provide opportunity for the Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation (SNODs) as part of the induction programme to rehearse and refine some of the routine as well as more challenging professional and practical capabilities in a safe learning environment aided by focused feedback from expert colleagues and faculty

To review the complete pathway involved with the donation process, consolidate existing knowledge and skills gained to date, and discuss any areas of concern with peers and expert colleagues

The course also aims to contribute to your development in:

  • The ability to apply principles and draw reasonable inferences about new situations.
  • Problem-solving and communication skills and the capacity to integrate information towards informed (ethical / professional) choices.
  • A commitment to honesty, accurate work and personal responsibility and autonomy.
  • Personal performance and technical excellence.
  • Clinical understanding, self-management and confidence

About the Course

This 3 day course will provide a safe, supportive environment to review how you and your colleagues apply your knowledge, skills and experiences. You will be working closely with your colleagues throughout the 3 days and each course day will have various healthcare professionals attending and a supportive expert faculty.

After registration there will be an introduction to the faculty and fellow delegates and a familiarisation session, during which you have the opportunity to get to know the environment in which you will be learning, ‘meet the manikins’, and clarify any queries about the course, the equipment and other resources available to you.

Cheesey Lobster

Remember that we are coming to train in a safe environment. We need to feel a little bit of stress to grow. Like the Lobster when you are made to feel uncomfortable it is an indication for change and growth.

In terms of safety, there are many models to look at causal factors in error. Reason (1990) gave us the Swiss Cheese Model – as Nick described to you – you are all a piece of the cheese.

Quote of the Day: “But I thought we were Lobsters”

This will include essential health and safety issues that must be observed.

Throughout the course you will be filmed and the video used (as appropriate) to facilitate your learning and to support specific feedback. With your consent these videos may be archived for faculty and centre development purposes.

The debriefs are led by experienced members of faculty. During these sessions you will be asked to contribute to the discussions based on your observations or reflections as participant, or drawing from your experiences of similar situations at work. These discussions typically lead to the following outcomes:

  • Identification of individual, team and organisational factors that can influence effective management of acutely ill ward patients.
  • Recognition of observed examples of good practice whilst also highlighting topics that are identified as requiring development.
  • Discussion of your experiences of clinical practice where patient outcome and safe (or best) practice have been influenced by examples (good and bad) of team leadership,
  • Team working, effective communication and listening.

The focus of the day is not an assessment of your clinical management skills, though learning about clinical management will be addressed, but instead to place emphasis on identifying broader learning and development needs related to performance and team working under a range of different circumstances. Whilst we expect to provide you with a degree of challenge, nobody will be asked to perform unrealistically outside his or her clinical role or current competence.


Faculty are drawn from clinical staff and experienced trainers who will support you throughout the course, providing a degree of challenge where appropriate, and encouraging all course participants to contribute and reflect on their learning. Faculty are always available for any issues you wish to discuss 1:1 especially at the start and close of the day.


We expect all present on the day – faculty and delegates – to respect each other’s contributions and to participate actively throughout the day. All discussions and any issues raised will remain confidential to the group attending and should not be shared with colleagues outside of the course. We also ask you to keep the content of the day – in terms of the specific challenges of the scenarios, confidential. Candidates thinking they ‘know the plan’ will attenuate the day for everyone.

We are committed to providing you with an excellent learning opportunity and during the course of the day we will ask you to participate in course evaluation. The results of these will be used to assist us in developing future courses and we may also use anonymised data to contribute to presentations at educational meetings and/or subsequent publication.

On the Day

You will need to dress in your SNOD uniform – this will make you more comfortable during the scenarios, and help contribute to recreating a ‘realistic’ clinical environment.  Could you please also bring a set of scrubs for day 3.  We may also have ‘scrubs’ available in the centre if required.

You are free to bring any handbooks, manuals and equipment that you usually carry with you in your work environment.

Lunch and beverages are provided for all delegates and faculty throughout the day.

Another aspect of running these courses is that it is desperately important that you are punctual for the start of the course and the start of each day as you will delay the instruction and thereby reduce the time of training exposure for the other participants.

Finally, could I request that you bring along your iPad for access to DonorPath throughout the course.

The team looks forward to meeting you for an enjoyable, rewarding course.

GAPS 9th, 10th & 11th May 2018

TSCSC tbc 2018

GAPS & TSCSC are proud to have collaborated on this amazing course whilst working alongside NHSBT. A course designed for SNOD’s by SNOD’s

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