Faculty Development

Our programme of courses for developing your skills as simulation faculty run over a six-month cycle, up to four times every year. The programme is based on the South London Simulation Network’s Faculty Development Framework which has been developed based on the UK national simulation educator standards (ASPiH) and the professional standards for medical educators (Academy of Medical Educators).

The first level of the programme maps to level one, the novice level of the Faculty Development Framework, on completion of these courses and engaging in ongoing observation and reflective practice, you can achieve a basic level of competency as a simulation educator.

This level consists of three essential courses, which help you understand

  • simulation as an educational modality
  • learn and practice a model of debriefing
  • situate simulation in the context of human factors and improving patient safety

The courses on this level can be completed in as little as six months, and ideally should be completed within 12 to 18 months.

To move your practice on you should consider taking the advanced level, level two on the Faculty Development Framework as this will help you develop your knowledge in human factors and advanced debriefing practice.

Our advanced level faculty programme offers a number of further courses which are for those looking to become advanced faculty or those with specialist interests. Ideally, these courses should be completed within 24 months of starting the programme, and like any skills, should be accompanied by ongoing engagement in reflective practice to continue to develop and use the skills you learn.

At the expert level, level three most of your work as a faculty member will be self-directed, including ongoing CPD and advancing your skills by continually challenging yourself in practice and helping to develop the skills of other faculty members. One way of contributing to your ongoing development at this level is to extend your experience with an advanced and intensive simulation practice course such as the Simulation as a Teaching Tool course, offered jointly by the Centre for Medical Simulation and SaIL.

In addition to these formal training opportunities, faculty are required to take part in a programme of reflective practice and debriefing of their own debriefs. Further details of the additional requirements for all programmes are available once an individual is enrolled in the programme.

Essential simulation programme – Mapped to Level 1 (Novice) on the Faculty Development Framework

Advanced simulation programme—Mapped to Level 2 (Advanced) on the Faculty Development Framework

  • Debriefing in in situ environments (1 day)
  • Teaching the skills of Human Factors (The Circle of Care) (3 day)
  • Debriefing in clinical settings (1 day)
  • Advancing your debriefing (1 day)

Expert simulation programme—Mapped to Level 3 (Expert) on the Faculty Development Framework 

This level consists mostly of advanced reflective professional practice as a simulation educator, and self-directed continuing professional development. Opportunities exist within the centre to contribute to research, scholarship, and mentoring of novice and advanced debriefers.

Continuing Professional Development