The Scottish Simulation Journal Club

Healthcare simulation educators live with the tension of wanting to develop their understanding of simulation-based education and their clinical and teaching commitments. Eager to respond to this tension, a community of practice was devised as a partnership between the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors and the Lothian Simulation Service in Edinburgh. The Scottish Simulation Journal Club (SSJC) group curated a virtual, monthly journal club designed for busy but intellectually hungry people. Recent articles are selected, presented, and explored (both practically and academically) in an inclusive, lively, and conversational format. 

Launched in 2020, SSJC struck a chord in the broad community of simulation enthusiasts across Scotland, and increasingly internationally. SSJC now has over 200 members, with regular contributions from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, and Australia.

Our latest edition explored the IJoHS editorial by Paul Murphy and Debra Nestel entitled "Healthcare simulation terms: promoting critical reflection.”1 We were delighted to have Paul join us and unpack the proposed limitations of some engrained terminology in simulation vernacular and challenge us to think differently about the evolving nature of language. To join part two of this important conversation, email or


1. Murphy P, Nestel D. Healthcare simulation terms: promoting critical reflection. International Journal of Healthcare Simulation. Published online 2022.