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Simulation in clinical practice

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Simulation in clinical practice

Key facts

PGCert

Part-time: 1 year

Eligible applicants: UK, EU

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Wesley Scott-Smith >

General enquiries: Enquiries@brighton.ac.uk

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

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Key areas of study

  • Multidisciplinary approach to learning
  • The evolution, variety and importance of human factors in healthcare practice
  • Knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate simulation training
  • Debriefing skills required to aid learners and subsequent reflection and development
  • Simulation-based medical education principles
  • Transformative learning
  • Role of extrinsic and intrinsic feedback
  • Producing a portfolio of teaching experience

Course overview

This course is purpose-built to meet the clinical and professional development needs of the NHS workforce, including potential educators in simulation-based learning in the South East.

It allows participants to advance their skills and knowledge in a mix of theoretical and practical sessions including group work activities, debriefing and feedback, the exploration of technical issues, human factors and fidelity. Students are expected to develop a portfolio of teaching experience which reflects the educational principles of the modules and demonstrates competence in teaching.

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"Thank you very much for the simulation course last week; it was great to meet such enthusiastic leaders and challenge my brain again."

Dr Matt Staniforth, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trus

Course Structure

Principles and Practice of Simulation is delivered over the course of five days in the medical school, whereas Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation is a smaller module, allowing students to develop their teaching portfolio in practice. Principles and Practice of Simulation and Teaching and Learning in Medical Education are assessed by way of academic essays following the delivery of each module. 

Principles and Practice of Simulation (20 credits)

Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation (20 credits)

Teaching and Learning in Medical Education (20 credits)

Career opportunities

This PGCert will provide specialist knowledge that will be useful for any career in the field of healthcare that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice.

In addition, the programme will enable you to develop the skills of critical analysis, critical reflection and the evaluation of research evidence commensurate with postgraduate study.

Delegates who graduate from the PGCert will take with them specialist knowledge and the confidence to design simulation scenarios, and facilitate beneficial debriefing sessions.

As most graduates will already be employed in a medical educator role prior to starting the course, the PGCert is designed to increase the repertoire of the educators, and to enable them to deliver simulation sessions more effectively within their chosen setting.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from trainers in medicine and nursing and from other specialisms in the health and social care professions. Current employment in a clinical role which includes teaching or developing simulation-based education is essential with evidence of prior study at Bachelors level or equivalent. 

This course is only open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents.

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2018-19. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  

PGCert

UK £2,613

Full bursaries are available from Health Education England in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) for modules Principles and Practice of Simulation and Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation

Scholarships

All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2018/19.

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal. 

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