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Welsh Paediatric Simulation Group (WPSG)

Welcome to the Welsh Paediatric Simulation Group. The page contains information for paediatric and neonatal simulation in Wales.

Medical simulation is a well-established training tool in paediatric and neonatal medicine, facilitated by the increasing availability of high fidelity mannequins. Simulation training allows exposure to acute clinical situations in a safe and controlled environment aiming to improve performance of individuals and teams if the “real thing” happens. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated within the medical literature in the last decade. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health actively promotes its use within paediatric training.

The Welsh Paediatric Simulation Group was established in March 2013. All Paediatric and Neonatal Units in Wales are represented in the group consisting of Paediatric Consultants, Neonatologists and Senior Nurses. The majority of trainers are trained in advanced simulation including structured debriefing techniques.

Dr Rachel Bebb is the Simulation Lead for the School of Paediatrics.

The programme

The programme is closely linked to the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) Curriculum for Paediatric Training 2010 (General Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine), centred around problems likely to be encountered in an acute Paediatric or Neonatal setting.

There are four different days, two for Paediatrics and two for Neonatology. The courses can be attended in any order. Each day will consist of a series of brief workshops and up to five scenarios delivered using high fidelity simulators. The basic outline of the days will be the same in all participating units. Candidate numbers will be small with a maximum of 12 per day to ensure sufficient exposure to the simulation environment. There will be a mixture of paediatric and neonatal doctors and nurses of all grades to allow multidisciplinary working.

All scenarios are designed as close to reality as possible using the same environment for training in which “the real thing” would happen. During the courses we will be striving to create a secure, supportive and confidential learning environment. Should we however identify specific and significant learning needs, a member of the faculty will discuss this individually with the candidate on the day and if felt necessary feed back to the current Educational Supervisor to allow these issues to be addressed through the candidate’s educational plan. The programme will be ongoing with dates for various courses being advertised widely within Wales. In addition, there will be a Paediatric Step Up course specifically designed for Paediatric Doctors on the verge of becoming registrars.

During the courses we will address:

  • the medical background of common problems in acute Paediatrics and Neonatology
  • task management and clinical skills
  • principles of human factor and team management
  • situational awareness.

How to apply

Courses will take place in various venues within Wales. To apply please email the contact given for the respective course. You will be emailed back with an application form and course details.