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International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
Adi Health+Wellness
Boot camps and academia: odd bedfellows for a national collaborative approach to training non-medical cystoscopists
DOI:10.54531/TDRT7263, Volume: 2, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A50-A51
Article Type: Editorial, Article History





Scottish cystoscopy service provision faces significant challenges in the years ahead driven by COVID-19’s impact on diagnostic waiting times, the development of national treatment centres to expand infrastructure/service delivery, and limited short-term medical capacity to support recovery. These factors have greatly increased demand for the rapid development of a supportive non-medical cystoscopist workforce [1]. There is currently no agreed national approach to non-medical cystoscopy training in Scotland despite clear guidance on competencies from the British Association of Urology Nurses (BAUN). Our proposed solution has been to collaboratively develop and pilot an accelerated learning programme, including a simulation ‘bootcamp’, that pump primes adaptation to the role and clinical training requirements through technical and non-technical skill rehearsal.


We invited experts from clinical practice, education, and simulation to form a national short life working group (Figure 1) with two aims: To collaboratively develop a national education programme and oversee implementation, governance, and evaluation. Through an iterative process, the team reviewed current education provision, training frameworks, workforce recruitment and retention data, evidence on simulation accelerated training, existing academic models, and the Scottish Government guidance on advanced practice. This was used to collaboratively construct the programme.

Diagram of the national short life working group
Figure 1:
Diagram of the national short life working group


A unified model for pilot was developed, integrating clinical simulation, theory, and work-based learning (WBL). It focuses on core cystoscopy skills initially, providing the necessary knowledge and ‘hands on’ ability required for independent practice. The process is primed by a two-day ‘cystoscopy bootcamp’ using simulation-based education (SBE). This comprises of a variety of methods including high volume cystoscopy skill rehearsal of increasing realism, progressing to cadaver. Non-technical skills are simulated through bespoke scenarios relevant to the role including obtaining informed consent, team communication, and delivering bad news. Expert discussion and debriefing is interwoven throughout. Formal evaluation is ongoing with early reports of increased preparedness and quicker adaptation to the clinical environment. In addition to the anticipated benefits, bootcamp also established early peer support mechanisms and, through the engagement and networking of diverse faculty, fostered integration with the wider community of practice, and a commitment to building a continually improving, user-informed simulation programme.


The method provides a cost-effective collaborative way to explore research, educational models, and the challenges of implementation in real time, through a multi-professional lens. The approach has been crucial to ownership, commitment and acceptance of the programme while fostering integrated cross discipline delivery.


1. Scottish Government Endoscopy and urology diagnostic recovery and renewal plan. 30 Nov 2021 Endoscopy and urology diagnostic: recovery and renewal plan – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) [Accessed on 21/06/22]