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Report of the Association of Simulation Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Conference November 2011

Last month Clair Merriman and Liz Westcottt from Oxford Brookes University attended the ASPiH conference in Cardiff on behalf of CAIPE. The conference theme was The Quality and Impact of Simulated Practice in Healthcare. Clair and Liz have provided feedback on the event and also some useful tips and questions for those involved in planning and delivering simulated practice.
There were a number of keynote addresses that challenged the audience to really think about quality, safety and leadership within the clinical setting.  The themes were how and if simulation could be used to support HCP education and training.

Dr Kevin Lachappelle is Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University, Canada. He focused on the errors that are made within clinical practice and argued how simulation based healthcare education will greatly enhance patient safety by reducing errors.

Professor Rhona Finn, a psychologist at the University of Aberdeen gave a very inspiring talk and really challenged the audience about developing an organisation safety culture, and how this requires very strong leaders, who lead by example.

Professor Alan Bleakley is a psychologist specialising in psychotherapy and cultural psychology and Professor of Medical Education at Peninsula Medical School.  He gave a very controversial talk relating to ‘communication hypo-competence’ and how health care needs to face up to an iatrogenic problem of this epidemic problem based around miscommunication.  

There were also workshops, oral presentation of work in progress and research. 
To read the full report click here