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International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
A49Five Year Review of Paediatric Multidisciplinary In-Situ Simulation on a General Paediatric Ward

https://doi.org/10.54531/JNPI7905, Volume: 3, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A34-A35
Article Type: In Practice, Article History

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Background and aim:

In the United Kingdom, trainee doctors rotate through different specialities during their training. They are often unfamiliar with systems, environments, and personnel. Working on a general paediatric ward in a district general hospital can be anxiety inducing for those new to paediatrics.

Fortnightly low-fidelity simulation scenarios are embedded in our local teaching schedule to improve confidence amongst the medical and nursing team. These are performed on the ward addressing varied scenarios, aiming to increase confidence with clinical cases, improve local environment and systems awareness, and enhance communication between professionals.


Fortnightly 30-minute simulation sessions are run by the paediatric simulation team on the paediatric ward at our trust. The wider multidisciplinary team are invited, including nurses and health care assistants. The emergency buzzer from a bed space is pulled, and those involved attend and a scenario is undertaken. The scenario is structured to involve the wider team to improve interdisciplinary working and non-technical skills, as well as address clinical outcomes. Equipment is provided using a grab bag. Once the scenario has ended, a debrief is performed involving candidates and observers of all disciplines, to discuss technical and non-technical skills.

Post session feedback was collected on each occasion with quantitative data via Likert scales and qualitative data by free text questions.


In-situ simulation has been part of the departmental paediatric teaching rota since 2009 but has been a regular fortnightly occurrence since 2018. This is because it has been rostered into our working hours before the medical team assume clinical duties.

We have collected feedback since September 2018. We have had 616 participants and delivered 82 scenarios in the clinical environment. This includes during the Covid pandemic. The weighted average confidence recorded by candidates pre-scenario was 2.51 with confidence post-scenario recorded as 3.69. 83% reported improved confidence following the scenario. This is an important finding as 45% had never encountered the scenario before in their practice.

Thematic analysis has highlighted key aspects including communication, escalation, teamwork and available resources.


In-situ, low fidelity simulation is an effective tool to improve human factors amongst the multidisciplinary team on a paediatric ward. By regularly simulating clinical practice in their daily working environment, all candidates have demonstrated improved clinical confidence and better familiarity with the ward environment. Additionally, the fortnightly in-situ simulation has improved working relationships through recognition of the roles of the ward multidisciplinary team, communication skills and team and leaderships skills.

Ethics statement:

Authors confirm that all relevant ethical standards for research conduct and dissemination have been met. The submitting author confirms that relevant ethical approval was granted, if applicable.

Layman, Beatty, Mbeledogu, Nahabedian, Patel, Holt, and Copeman: A49Five Year Review of Paediatric Multidisciplinary In-Situ Simulation on a General Paediatric Ward


1. Patel, A; Holt, AD; Copeman, A; (2019) Paediatric In-situ simulation: a method of building multiprofessional experience and teamwork. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning 5(Suppl 2:A21.2-A22).