Who are We?
Established in 1998 and part-funded by NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF) is a state-of-the-art training and education facility. The SCSCHF has a long record of delivering high quality education to multi-professional groups through simulation.
The centre boasts a range of mid and high fidelity mannequins including adult, child, baby and neonatal simulators accommodated within two multipurpose simulation suites. These areas can be transformed to represent virtually any clinical location of your hospital, affording maximum flexibility and adding to the unique psychological fidelity that the SCSCHF experience provides.The Centre’s faculty of clinical educators has a wealth of collective experience reflected in a national and international reputation in areas of education, research and assessment.
Why use Simulation?
The unique value of education and training through simulation is evident to all who have experienced this methodology on both sides of the trainer and student continuum. The lessons learned and benefits accrued from other high reliability industries that have adopted and integrated simulation into training processes are incredibly positive. Simulation can be used to train people and analyse processes using a systems approach, looking at: the person, the team, the task, the workplace and the organisation as a whole.
Technology enhanced learning
The Centre provides training for over 1000 healthcare professionals each year through a variety of courses. The centre utilises METI, Laerdal and Gaumard simulators including adults, children and babies. The simulated environment provides a realistic experience akin to clinical reality without any risk to patients, allowing healthcare professionals to rehearse management of clinical scenarios.
We have one way mirrored control rooms and multi-angle audiovisual monitoring with live and recorded relay of action to our classrooms. This cutting-edge setup allows effective use of video in debriefing to maximise participant reflection on action. The simulators can be programmed to mimic different medical conditions, replicating the appropriate physical response to particular interventions and drugs. Monitors display the vital signs so participants can assess the patient’s progress – as they would in a real-life situation. We are also able to run point of care “in situ” simulations with audio-visual recording, which allows staff to use their own equipment in their own environment.
All courses are designed and delivered by a faculty including experts in simulation and appropriate subject matter experts to ensure learning objectives are appropriate to the groups for whom courses are designed. Learning objectives are mapped to curricula or knowledge and skills frameworks where available. Prospective participants are invited to apply for places on advertised courses. Institutions or specialist groups can commission courses for larger groups at highly competitive rates.
Simulation training and an understanding of human factors are applied throughout the healthcare environment to support effective, efficient and safe patient care.
- Develop a national network of experts in simulation and human factors training
- Develop and deliver effective courses and training packages
- Promote simulation based education through research and collaboration
- Equity of access
- Demonstrable quality and safety
- A collaborative and open approach