Simulation-Based Learning Train the Trainers course

A FREE course commissioned by Health Education England – South London

Please note that these dates are  AVAILABLE TO THOSE THAT ARE WORKING WITHIN THE SOUTH WEST LONDON REGION free of charge  and are subjected to approval by your local Simulation Lead.
For applicants out of region; access, participation and certification for the course in it’s entirety is subject to a £375 course fee and will run on different dates than below 

These free courses are available to those working at:

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust,
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust,
St.George’s University Foundation Trust,
St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Higher Education Institutes in South West London


We are one of the leading providers of training for health WordItOut-word-cloud-1160266professionals who want to use simulation as an educational tool. We have courses for individuals who are new to simulation and for those already involved in simulation-based learning who want more advanced theoretical and technical knowledge.

St George’s Advanced Patient Simulator (GAPS) has been at the forefront of multi-professional simulation and skills training since it was established more than 10 years ago. We provide simulation-based training for medical students, Foundation Programme doctors, specialist trainees, consultants, trained nurses, student nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, cardiac perfusionists and physicians’ assistants. And, importantly, we train them in multi-professional teams.

20151210_141349.JPGOver the past 8 years we have delivered STeLI* & HESL funded ‘Train the Trainers’ programmes for more than 350 attendees. As well, we offer training to local, regional and international groups. Our courses have always encouraged the involvement of both medical staff and those from professions allied to medicine and have been exceptionally well evaluated.

Our course

We cover the theory design and delivery of simulation-based training including a mix of patient simulators and actors. Our approach is to give all participants ‘hands on’ experience in small groups with rich opportunities for personalised feedback. To increase opportunities to hone your teaching skills using simulation we offer all participants up to three supernumerary faculty day-placements on our regular simulation courses. We will observe your teaching and give you constructive feedback to consolidate your learning.


 The course is designed for clinical teachers and faculty trainers who intend to use simulation in their clinical contexts. Courses are usually a mix of consultant-level doctors, senior nurses and other health professionals (doctors, nurses, operating department assistants) involved in the delivery of training. Teaching duties of participants usually vary from undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to hospital-based clinical team teaching in acute care settings. A strength of the GAPs programme is it’s emphasis on using clinical simulation to develop participant’s skills to enhance inter-professional team learning.

 Educational Goals

At the end of the two-day intensive course using high- and medium-fidelity patient simulation technology course attendees should be able to:

  • Use a variety of small group teaching strategies and techniques with simulation to enhance the learning environment for their trainees
  • Draw on an enhanced repertoire of formative assessment tools to set an explicit standard of performance in clinical simulations
  • Apply concepts of instructional design to align objectives teaching, learning and assessment activities
  • Apply educational principles of effective ‘feed up’ ‘feedback’ and ‘feed-forward’ in simulation training and relate these to the design and development of simulation scenarios
  • Develop facilitation skills to help their trainees to evaluate technical and non-technical factors which hinder or promote good clinical outcomes
  • Be advocates for multi-professional team training using simulation and be able to refer to its evidence base for patient safety

The 2-day Train-the-Trainer programme

The course is delivered over two full days at St George’s hospital, London. It comprises a series of short small group ‘hands on’ simulations, larger scale fixed and mobile exercises and full-scale high-fidelity simulations.

We limit the number of participants to 12, maintaining a ratio of trainers to trainees of 1:3. Simulation scenarios are interspersed with facilitated workshops. These small group interactive sessions focus on the evidence base underlying key themes in clinical simulation.

  • Applying educational theory to enhance teaching and learning using simulation
  • Learning from current research in healthcare and other industries to improve quality and efficacy.

A major focus of the training is to develop clinical teaching skills. Simulation scenarios provide the ‘backdrop’ for developing these skills in analysing practice. The context of practice will be both individual and team performances. The course is highly interactive and experienced educators give participants’ one-to-one feedback on their feedback. We build and strengthen teaching skills with the aid of video and other tools.


Your Professional development as a Simulation Trainer

Over a 3-6 month period following each Trainer course participants can opt to develop their skills and apply for the award of a Simulation Trainer Certificate.  To achieve this they need to show evidence of professional development in their use of clinical simulation following their initial training. Indicators of this include:

  • Personal simulation log-books (on design and/or facilitation experiences which may also include review of literature on particular issues, reflections on evaluation of changed practice)
  • Peer observations (at least 2) using GAPS observer sheets for debriefing

Advanced Train the Trainers Courses

St George’s Advanced Training the Trainer courses provide training for groups already using clinical simulation. These courses can be delivered in the host hospital. They are designed around the needs of the client groups and the focus is planned with the clinical client group.  In general, they will have theoretical, technical preparation, rehearsal and mentoring components.  The core will be based around a two-day intensive series of workshops and small group teaching exercises.

Simulation and Technology-enhanced Learning Initiative, a project of the London Deanery, the postgraduate training authority for London

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