From evidence to implementation: Introducing neonatal simulation to a tertiary neonatal centre in the UK


Simulation training in medical education allows multidisciplinary teams to train in a realistic clinical environment. It helps reduce clinical errors and addresses patient safety issues. Multiple areas can be covered including procedural skills training, communication, teamwork and human factors training. We present a “model of simulation” in education, which is based onRoyalCollegeof Paediatrics and Child HealthUnited Kingdomgeneral paediatric curriculum. Simulation complements the existing neonatal education programme both for doctors and nurses. It has the long-term purpose of achieving higher standards in neonatal care through the training of staff in a structured, multidisciplinary environment. Its quality and impact are subject to feedback from the participants. This has helped in its evolution and development as a multidisciplinary programme.

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Sharma, A. (2013) From evidence to implementation: Introducing neonatal simulation to a tertiary neonatal centre in the UK. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 3, 10-16. doi: 10.4236/ojped.2013.31002.

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