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Clinical Simulation Fellows 2014 - 2015

HETV and HEW (formerly South Central) was the first SHA to develop this nationally recognised programme and HETV is continuing to lead. The main purpose of these fellowships is to use simulation training to help build a culture of improved outcomes for both the patient and the clinician. The focus of the fellowships is always closely linked to the government Mandate or other reports e.g. Dr Foster or Francis.

The Education Outcomes Framework (EOF) and Health Education England’s (HEE) approach to quality directly links education and learning to improvements in patients’ outcomes and will help address variation in standards and ensure excellence in innovation through high quality education and training.

Simulation fellows have been from a variety of backgrounds and are open to all disciplines however the four 2015 Simulation and Human Factors fellows are from the medical professionals.

Dr Kieran Burton

Image of Dr Kiran BurtonBio: My name is Dr Kieran Burton and I am currently a core medical trainee year 2 in the Oxford Deanery working at Wexham Park Hospital. I studied at Imperial College School and Medicine and graduated in 2010. I was also awarded a BSc in Neuroscience and Mental Health.

I undertook my foundation training in the Oxford Deanery before working for a year as a junior cardiology registrar in New Zealand at Auckland City Hospital. After returning to the UK and entering core medical training, I gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2014.

Project: This year I have established a clinical simulation course for final year medical students at the University of Southampton. I will expand my interest in simulation based education with a HETV Clinical Simulation Fellowship beginning in August 2015. I will take up this role in conjunction with an intensive care post at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Finally, after the Fellowship, I plan to spend six months at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi working in the department of general medicine.


Dr Andrew Darby Smith

Image of Dr Andrew Darby SmithBio: Andrew is an Academic Foundation Doctor with Oxford University Hospitals, combining his clinical commitments with work in medical education. He is passionate about supporting high-quality teaching to medical students, especially teaching aimed at improving the management of medical emergencies.

He produced a self-designed Basic Life Support and First Response course for junior medical students in 2013, which has subsequently be incorporated into the MBBS Curriculum at Imperial College London and is also currently designing a post-graduate training programme to provide Junior Doctors with experience of Pre-hospital care. 

Project: Andrew will be analysing and updating the HETV simulation scenarios database on a part-time basis in 2015. The aim of this project is to ensure all scenarios are up-to-date with regard to local and national guidelines, as well as appropriately designed to provide the most effective teaching.


Dr Samantha Jayaweera

Image of Dr Samantha JayaweeraBio: My name is Dr Samantha Jayaweera and I am currently a core trainee year two anaesthetist in the Oxford Deanery working at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. I qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2010 and also undertook an intercalated Bsc in Endocrinology in 2008.

I completed my foundation training in the Oxford Deanery prior to a year abroad working at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand 

Project: During my core training in anaesthesia I have helped to set up the ABCD of Medicine course for new foundation doctors and taught a course for specialist nurses. I have been awarded one of the HETV Clinical Simulation Fellowships which I will be taking up in August 2015 and will focus on Human Factors training.

Following this, I plan to spend six months at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi working in the department of Anaesthesia.


Dr Prashanthi Ratnakumar

Image of Dr Prashanthi RatnakumarBio: Dr Prashanthi Ratnakumar completed undergraduate medical training at the University of Cambridge in 2013, including an intercalated degree in Molecular Immunology and Virology. She is currently in her final rotation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading before completing Foundation Training.

Having survived two years at the frontline of jobs in General Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics and Psychiatry, she is pursuing a career in hospital medicine, and will be taking up a place in Core Medical Training within the Oxford region on the 2015 intake.

Prashanthi sees teaching as ‘the activity that will keep me sane alongside clinical work twenty years down the line’. She is a firm believer in simulation-based teaching as a huge part of the future in undergraduate and postgraduate training. As a first-year junior doctor,  she designed and ran a series of highly successful simulation workshops for medical students to prepare them for the more difficult communication scenarios encountered as new junior doctors. 

Outside work: Prashanthi is an avid reader and loves to travel and explore new places. During her fellowship she will focus on developing multidisciplinary simulation workshops to facilitate junior doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals in improving patient safety in acute situations.


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