St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has been commended by the London Deanery for a pioneering initiative that has seen a major trauma manikin introduced in an emergency environment.

A new simulation room has been located in the accident and emergency department at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. The new facility, the first of its kind in London, allows staff to respond to a ‘mock’ trauma call as though it were a real-life situation.

As well as testing the whole trauma system from start to finish, the simulation room will help staff to develop key skills for treating with patients with multiple injuries. Staff are assessed on their performance through one-way glass and debriefed at the end of each training session.

The London Deanery’s Simulation and Technology-enhanced Learning Initiative (STeLI), is designed to promote excellence in education and innovation in educational methods. Natalie Holbery, lecturer/practitioner in major trauma care at St George’s, said: “Following a successful STeLI bid and access to an education grant we have been able to build a shop-floor high-fidelity simulation suite to enhance trauma education and improve patient safety.

“This provides a fantastic opportunity to host a range of impromptu and planned simulation events using the multi-skilled trauma team.”

St George’s Healthcare is the first trust in London to have located a simulation suite within the emergency department rather than relying solely on a training and development centre.

The trust’s advanced simulation centre was also recognised for its work in patient safety focused education.

Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please contact contact the communications unit on 020 8725 5151 or Outside working hours, please page us by calling St George’s 07659 146548 and leave a message for pager SG548.
  2. STeLI awards – Trusts were asked to highlight their approaches to simulation-based and technology-enhanced postgraduate medical education undertaken between March 2010 and December 2010. Awards and commendations were offered for those who displayed educational excellence and innovation promoting patient safety and high-quality clinical care.
  3. If you would like to get hands-on with the manikin and experience the rush of a real trauma call, come along to all or part of the trust’s ‘meet the manikin’ day. These are being held on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th January at 8am. The session will end at 10am. Please let us know which session you would like to attend and how many will be in attendance.