Collaborative Simulation Event with the Royal Derby Hospital Acute Trust

Julie Reynolds
University of Derby
Innovative Deployment of Technologies


We have been working collaboratively with our partners in practice to establish an innovative Interdisciplinary education with the use of simulation in the development of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

What are the Aims?

The aim was to work collaboratively with our clinical colleagues to explore the use of simulation in supporting the development of trainee advanced clinical practitioners. Simulation provides a safe and supportive environment in which to develop important clinical skills.

Who was/is involved?

Members of the simulation team from the Royal Derby Hospital Acute Trust (medical and nursing, IT), University of Derby MSc Advanced Practice programme team (lecturers and technicians) and the trainee advanced practitioners from both primary and secondary care with professional backgrounds in nursing, physiotherapy and paramedics came together to work within our clinical simulation suite at the University of Derby.

Participants took part in a facilitated, peer observed simulation event which was then debriefed via a team approach to allow time to reflect on the management of acute patients within a scenario.

What has changed/will change?

Evaluation from the multi-professional participants was very positive. The feedback highlighted that simulation offered the opportunity for multi-professional working, consolidation of skills and knowledge, clarification of practice and opportunity to communicate and debrief in a safe and supportive environment. It allowed participants to practice, develop and enhance their advanced practice skills to allow safe and effective practice in the clinical environment. Comments post the event corroborated the evidence supporting the use of simulated practice and quality of health care.

What lessons have we learnt?

Further collaborations are being explored between the clinical and education providers in the subject of advanced practice. This will support the theory practice relationship, enhance collaborative working not only between education providers in this subject area  but with the service provision, provide transparency in relation to the taught aspect of advanced practice and its currency and relationship to service need, offer an opportunity for multi-professional communication and working in the promotion of safe and effective patient care, offer a safe environment for practice and supported simulation debrief for both primary and secondary care, improve and support the development of clinical knowledge , skills and communication between primary and secondary care, develop simulation as a staged progression within the MSc Advanced Practice programme to support knowledge and skill acquisition.