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"Welcome to simulation at Guys and St Thomas'. We lead the way in developing and delivering the highest quality simulation based education across London and beyond."

Peter Jaye
Director of Simulation

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"Welcome to simulation at Guys and St Thomas'. We lead the way in developing and delivering the highest quality simulation based education across London and beyond."

Peter Jaye
Director of Simulation

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"Welcome to simulation at Guys and St Thomas'. We lead the way in developing and delivering the highest quality simulation based education across London and beyond."

Peter Jaye
Director of Simulation

Welcome to the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’

The Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is leading the way in simulation-based education (SBE). The centre’s focus is providing realistic and safe learning environments in which to train healthcare staff and students.

The team includes multi-professional faculty that use state-of-the-art facilities to deliver high quality education and training.

Healthcare staff and students participate in clinical simulation programmes focussed on patient safety and Human Factors (HF), as well as advanced clinical skills training. SBE has been shown to increase patient safety and improve clinical and patient management skills, as training can occur away from the real clinical environment.

Facilities include:

GIST March 2016 photos at the St Thomas, London on the 08/01/2014. Photo: David Tett

  • A six bay hospital ward
  • An operating theatre/ intensive care unit
  • An outpatient consultation room
  • A home environment
  • A two bay ward/ environment (Guy’s site)
  • High-tech audio-visual integrated system
  • Mobile simulation services for in-situ training
Benefits of Simulation-Based Education

SBE involves ‘learning from doing’. It utilises a number of different modalities from sophisticated life-size patient manikins that speak, breathe, respond to drugs, and have measurable blood pressures and pulse rates, to trained actors serving as standardised patients, part-task trainers and virtual reality. Learners can practice a wide variety of clinical tasks, from managing a patient with delirium to performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, without risk to real patients. This deliberate practice with feedback enables mastery learning to be achieved, which has been shown to provide a 7:1 return on investment giving a powerful incentive for SBE.

SBE provides learning opportunities that replicate what participants do in their daily practice and the environment in which they work. These training events create life-like scenarios that are followed by opportunities for learners to reflect within a structured and facilitated debrief. This is termed experiential learning which has been shown to be one of the most effective forms of learning available to adults.

The focus of the learning is patient safety and high quality care. All our faculty members are trained to facilitate reflective practice using the Diamond Debrief model and video playback. This enables learners to review and discuss events, explore clinical and non-clinical issues and take away learning that is meaningful and applicable to their practice.

Human Factors

Our training approaches patient safety from a Human Factors (HF) perspective.  This involves examination of technology, systems and processes, safety culture and human error to enhance care and patient safety.

We have developed the Circle of Care: a model for compassionate HF in healthcare that integrates HF and arts-based learning skills to address care and compassion within the healthcare setting.

Compassionate HF includes skills that are vital aspects of individual and team abilities required to practice safely in healthcare. Examples include communication, leadership, spatial and situational awareness, decision-making and self-care skills.

We increasingly teach compassionate HF to inter-professional and multi-disciplinary teams. SBE provides an invaluable opportunity for participants to practice their roles in a variety of circumstances and reflect on how they interact with patients and other members of the healthcare team, equipping them with the skills to manage potentially stressful and emotive situations they are likely to encounter in healthcare settings.

We have a strong and growing HF group that includes psychologists, clinicians and managers working together to improve patient safety through the application of HF principles. All our wider improvement work feeds back into education and training development.

Where to Find us

SaIL Centre – St Thomas’ Hospital

SaIL Centre – Guy’s Hospital