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Simulation in Anaesthesia

Simulation provides a key method of training: it allows trainees to gain experience in dealing with various situations in a safe environment and technical competence can also be achieved, enabling more effective utilisation of real-life training opportunities.

To develop simulation education NIMDTA has appointed trainee simulation champions. These individuals will champion the role of simulation-based education (SBE) in NI.

The Anaesthetics simulation champion works closely with the ADEPT Simulation Fellow in promoting the use of SBE, advocating equipment purchase and course development and designing/updating simulation scenarios.

"As the Anaesthetic Simulation Champion, I believe is important to have a co-ordinated effort regionally where simulation occurs regularly and the techniques used are appropriate to the learning objectives. Although ambitious, I believe this will enhance the training programme and also help in fulfilling the requirements outlined within the new curriculum." Dr Manvi Singhal

Simulation Opportunities

There are a range of simulation opportunities available across all training hospitals. A summary of the key courses/initiatives is provided below and categorised by the 2021 Curriculum Stages where applicable.

Local Hospitals: Airway Skills stations/scenarios for Initial Assessment of Competence (IAC)
(DAS Unanticipated difficult airway scenarios, eFONA)

Flying Solo course: Aimed at CT1 trainees, based in Ulster Hospital
Course organiser: Dr B McKay
Anaesthetic emergencies and management
Can be linked to IAC and EPAs, General Anaesthesia

Anatomy for Anaesthetists
Course organisers: Dr M Singhal and Dr N Cody
Aimed at Core Trainees
Specimens to cover relevant anatomy for the Primary FRCA
Afternoon session with US scanning on live models

CT2 Obstetric Day:
Aimed at CT2 trainees, based in Royal Victoria Hospital
Course organisers: Obstetric fellow and Dr S Marcus
Can be linked to IAOC and General Anaesthesia within curriculum

IPAD (Introduction to Paediatric Anaesthesia in the DGH):
Aimed at CT3 trainees
Based in Antrim Hospital
Course organisers: Dr C McDonnell, Dr H Lindsay,
Can be linked to General Anaesthesia in Curriculum competencies

SimSTaR (Simulation-based Safe Transfer and Retrieval)
Aimed at CT2/3 Trainees, based in Antrim Hospital
Mix of workshops and simulated transfer scenarios for time critical transfer of the critically ill adult or child.
Course organiser: Dr A Topping
Can be linked to Resuscitation and Transfer, Intensive Care in Curriculum competencies

Other Curriculum Competencies that can be cross-linked to above:
Professional Behaviours and Communication
Team Working
Safety and Quality Improvement
Education and Training

REACT course (Reducing Error and Crisis-management Training):

Based at Ulster Hospital
Course organiser: Dr R Corry

CALS Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course:

For trainees rotating through Cardiac placements in RVH
Run within department by Consultants and senior nursing staff

Other Curriculum Competencies that can be cross-linked:
Professional Behaviours and Communication
Team Working
Safety and Quality Improvement
Education and Training

Return to work simulation day:

Run twice a year for trainees out of training for an extended period of time (e.g. parental leave, OOPE, ED placement)
Course organisers: Dr M Molloy and Dr C Curry

Challenging Airway Course:
Regional Airway course for Consultants and Trainees.
Course organiser: Dr Claire Martin
Mix of workshop skills stations

BELTEC (Belfast Trauma Team Education Course):

For trainees rotating through RVH (Major Trauma Centre)
Multidisciplinary in nature
Course contact : RVH Anaesthesia Trauma Fellow

Other Curriculum Competencies that can be cross-linked to above:
Professional Behaviours and Communication
Team Working
Safety and Quality Improvement
Education and Training

Northern Ireland Regional Anaesthesia Society runs:


Basic Regional Anaesthesia Course

Aimed at those with limited experience in US guided Regional Anaesthesia


Belfast Cadaver Course

Course providing the opportunity to perform scanning and needling on fresh frozen cadaveric specimens

Trust Anaesthesia Simulation Leads/ Enthusiasts

  • Belfast Trust: Dr Simon Marcus, Dr Karen Sykes, Dr James Reid and Dr Caroline Hawe
  • South Eastern Trust: Dr Richard Corry for QUB and Dr Grace McClune
  • Northern Trust: Dr Michelle Holland
  • Southern Trust: Dr Jeff Brown
  • Western Trust: Dr Rebecca Barr

For further information or queries, please contact:

Related Pages:

School of Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine

Intensive Care Medicine

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Succeed Fellowship

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