November 11, 2014By Lance Baily

ASPiH 2014 Launches: Opening Keynote Update & Sim Tech Pre-Con Recap

association for simulated practice in healthcare 2014

Today the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) held its pre-conference courses kicking off their 2014 event at the University of Nottingham Orchid Hotel. SimGHOSTS leadership James Cypert, Ryan Eling and Lance Baily joined Sim Tech leaders Jane Nicklin, Stuart Ruby, and Chris Gay as they hosted the technical pre-con day at the nearby Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre. The day focused on a plethora of tech-specific topics starting with an identification of job duty breakdowns for NHS positions most similar to that of healthcare simulation technology specialist. Stuart and Chris researched the process for job classification utilized by the NHS in-order to better understand how to redefine their simulation technology positions to more accurately portray their responsibilities.

Next the SimGHOSTS leadership shared the growth of this simulation technology specialist non-profit organization providing hands-on training events and online resources around the world. The team highlighted their recent 2014 successes at both the USA-based American College of Chest Physicians and Australia-based University of the Sunshine Coast events that provided unique community networking and training to over 350 simulation champions from around the world.


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Afterwards the group of simulation technology specialists spent the afternoon with moulage demonstrations from the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology Hair and Media Make-up department. Through an innovative partnership, the make-up department students learn clinical moulage by applying cosmetics to simulators for the healthcare learners to utilize in their scenarios! Lead by Curriculum Leader Kelly Carr, the cosmetology school provides realistic training moulage while increasing the fidelity of the healthcare school’s simulation events. Brilliant! Those eager to learn more about this innovative partnership can email Kelly Carr.

The pre-con event ended with surveys of the community’s future needs and announcements regarding the planned technical community support roadmaps currently in place for SimGHOSTS and ASPiH. I will continue to provide daily reports as the event continues!

At this moment Dr. Erik Hollnagel, Professor from the University of Southern Denmark and Chief Consultant of the Center for Quality Region of Southern Denmark, is opening  with a keynote discussion of safety. He reminded us that we believe we can prevent all accidents through a zero accident mindset, no repeats, and simple and non-negotiable rule, but questioned us if that was true? Professor Hollnagel continued to demonstrate how we incorrectly focus on the negative outcomes, which are usually only a small small percentage of what goes right, theorizing that focusing on the main region of the bell curve of what is going right should be where we put the majority of our research focus. Hollnagel recommends we explore “resilient safety management” by looking at the variability in different teams and routines of successful teams. You can learn more at ResilientHealthcare.net.

Follow all the latest updates through @ASPiHUK and @HealthySim!


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