Essential Debriefing Skills (two day course)

Course Description

Part one: the course runs over 2 days and introduces the concepts of structured debriefing, using the diamond debrief model, to facilitate deep reflection, exploration of human factors skills and transfer of learning from simulated experiences to the work place.

Participants will actively debrief simulation experiences and abstract exercises. Using faculty to recreate debrief situations and structured debriefing-of-the-debrief, participants can reflect on technical aspects of the model and how they may facilitate debriefs.

Part two is the coaching phase:

After Day 2 of the formal training we encourage participants to further practise the stages of the diamond debrief, debriefing under supervision and gaining debrief of your debriefs or self-directed debrief reflections.

GSTT staff are expected to attend 4 simulation courses to achieve practice opportunities with coaching and feedback to support faculty towards independence.

External delegates are invited back to practice on mutually beneficial dates, but this is optional.

Course Objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of debriefing as an educational modality
  • To provide a detailed account of the diamond debrief model
  • To demonstrate how to develop transfer of learning and application in practice
  • To give practise and feedback opportunities to enable competence in using the diamond debrief model

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the full programme participants will be able to:

  • Explain the phases of the debrief diamond model linked to educational theory
  • Describe the place of debriefing within simulation-based learning
  • Demonstrate components of effective co-debriefing
  • Describe the responsibilities of a simulation facilitator
  • Demonstrate mastery of the essential skills of debriefing using the diamond debrief model from description through to application


The course is open to those with a direct role in clinical workforce development. Participants attending this training should only be those currently supported to deliver simulation based education as part of their role or who intend to practise debriefing on a voluntary basis.


15th & 16th January 2020

12th & 13th February 2020

18th & 19th March 2020

16th & 17th April 2020

20th & 21st March 2020

3rd & 4th June 2020

2nd & 3rd July 2020

21st & 22nd October 2020

5th & 6th November 2020

18th & 19th November 2020

To book a place/for further information please email [email protected]

Medical Education