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Clinical Simulation Fellows 2012

In 2012 we currently have seven Fellows working on simulation projects focusing on a wide range of areas, from curriculum mapping to patient safety. They presented their projects at the Fifth Annual Clinical Simulation Conference on 29 November 2012 :

Tania Davison

An image of Tania Davison, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012Tania Davison is a senior general paediatric trainee with an interest in haematology and oncology. She trained in both the London and Oxford deaneries as well spending time working in Kenya, South Africa and Australia.

She has an interest in medical education and is passionate about using education to improve patient care.

In paediatrics, end of life planning is a very difficult subject and one often avoided until necessity dictates. Her project is to design a teaching package to improve practitioner’s communication skills and confidence when discussing issues around end of life care. To do this she will use low fidelity role play combined with videoing techniques to allow self analysis as well as peer feedback.

She hopes that improved communication will improve the end of life experience of children with life limiting conditions and their families.

Karen Edwards

An image of Karen Edwards, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012Karen Edwards is a senior Emergency Medicine Registrar with sub-speciality training in paediatric Emergency Medicine. She has special interests in education and the safe and adequate management of pain and anxiety in children. The majority of her training has been in the South Central region. She has also gained valuable experience in different healthcare systems:

Namibia: Her role as project manager with the ministry of health and Surgical Eye International brought cataract surgery to rural areas in Southern Namibia. She was also chief medic on expedition in Namibia providing medical advice and support for 120 young people.

Australia: In 2007 she worked at Westmead Childrens Hospital, Sydney doing a critical care rotation in PICU and Paediatric Emergency. Then as a flying doctor for NETS retrieving critically ill neonates and children from all over New South Wales. 

Boston, USA : She won the Gilbert Bursary which funded her to take one of the nursing sisters with her to Boston Childrens Hospital to see their procedural sedation and analgesia credentialing programme. 

She trained in high fidelity simulation in 2004 and is now involving pharmacists as part of her clinical teams. Using these techniques can improve team safety netting, reduce medication errors and produce a safety toolkit for paediatric procedural sedation.

Niamh Feely

An image of Niamh Feely, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012Niamh Feely began her career in medical education in 1995 as an Anatomy Lecturer at University College Dublin.  She returned to clinical training in 2001 and is now a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Heatherwood and Wexham Park. During her clinical career she has put her background as an educator to great use in supporting and developing specialty-specific educational programmes, as well as resuscitation provider and instructor courses.

Her interest in the use of simulation for emergency drilling and human factors training began during her studies for a DipClinEd at Edinburgh University. She is now the Consultant Lead for Clinical Simulation at her Trust where she is developing an in-situ multi-disciplinary training. She is also well advanced in piloting a new simulation training programme for Foundation trainees. Her Fellowship links well with this initiative, as during 2012 she will review the Foundation Programme curriculum and map existing practice and simulation learning opportunities.

Kirsty Harris

An image of Kirsty Harris, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012Kirsty has worked for the last eleven years as an intensive care nurse and for three years as a Clinical Educator in the TEAMS centre providing simulation training for all grades and specialties. She has completed a Masters degree, a Certificate in Education and a City & Guilds in teaching. She will be working as a Clinical Simulation Fellow for NHS South England (Central) on improving patient outcomes in stroke care.


Prad Shanmugasundaram

An image of Prad Shanmugasundaram, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012Prad is an anesthetic speciality registrar in his fourth year of training at the Oxford Deanery. He has also completed three years of medical SHO training and attained both the FRCA and MRCP . His project as part of the SHA Clinical Simulation Fellowship Programme will be to produce simulation education packages that are mapped to the anaesthetic curriculum.



Andrew Vaughton

An image of Andrew Vaughton, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012I am an ST 5 anaesthetist on the Wessex rotation. I have recently completed my FRCA exam and intermediate training and have been working in Dorset County Hospital for the last 6 months. Outside of work I spend time looking after my little boy Charlie and playing as much sport as I can!

My simulation project is based around the recent report from the Royal College of Surgeons, “The Higher Risk General Surgical Patient”. This highlighted many deficiencies in care in the perioperative period in this group of patients. My aim is to address some of these through the use of simulation.

Helen Wilson

An image of Helen Wilson, Clinical Simulation Fellow 2012I am a paediatric registrar with a particular interest in neonatology currently training in the Wessex Deanery.  I will be working with the South Central SHA for 12 months commencing in March 2012 as a clinical simulation fellow facilitating development of a regional simulation-based training programme for neonatology to improve patient safety.


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