Maudsley Simulation - UK's 1st Simulation Mental Health Training Centre

Maudsley Simulation is the UK’s first simulation training centre focusing on mental health with the aim of improving services for all who are affected or impacted by mental health issues. Since 2014 working as part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, they have successfully developed a range of new simulation training courses concentrating on a wide variety of settings.

Simulation is an interactive way of learning that attempts to re-create real-life clinical situations in a safe environment which does not impact on patients. Simulation has been shown to be effective in a number of areas including improving clinical skills and enhancing team-working, communication and leadership. In addition, our courses have improved participants’ confidence when facing challenging and unfamiliar clinical scenarios. All courses contain a number of simulated clinical scenarios, involving actors and sometimes mannequins. Participants take part in the simulation whilst others observe via a live video-link, which is followed by a debrief. The debrief is a facilitated group discussion involving participants and observers. This is where most of the shared learning takes place. Every member of the group will be encouraged to contribute to the debrief and bring their unique clinical perspectives.

Maudsley Simulation extend their thanks to a variety of organisations including: Health Education South London for aiding our start up; to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust for nurturing our growth; our other friends and collaborators in King’s Health Partners - namely Guys’ and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as well as the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College, London. We would also like to extend thanks to our neighbours and collaborators in South London: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Dr Sean Cross, the Director of Maudsley Simulation and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at SLaM. Having worked with him on a NCEPOD study advisory group I know he is genuinely passionate about providing high quality education and training to improve the care and experience of service users. I am not surprised that Maudsley Simulation is such a great success.

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