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Want to know more about the HEIW Simulation Team?

The HEIW simulation team has five Associate Deans for Simulation and Clinical skills, over the next few weeks we will be introducing them all, first up:

Sara-Catrin Cook

Sara by background is trained in Critical Care and Anaesthesia and has been actively involved
in simulation since around 2009 or so. Her experience is mainly focused to in-situ simulation
and over the more recent years has been applying this to systems, pathways and protocol
testing. Her experiences include delivering simulation training particularly within Critical Care,
supporting other units to set up their own in-situ programmes and develop the skills required,
working alongside psychologists to develop debriefing skills, and presenting at various local,
national and international conferences. She also has ample experience at designing, setting up
and running a variety of different interprofessional simulation-based courses.

In 2016, Sara had the opportunity to undertake a formal simulation fellowship and headed to
Australia for a year to work at the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre as well as at the
Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney. She had the most amazing time gaining further skills and
experiences in simulation-centre based interprofessional training to complement her in-situ
skills. In addition, she had the opportunity to work alongside a variety of other stakeholders
including the University of Sydney and got to know numerous inspiring simulationists from
across the globe. Some of her most memorable experiences was being part of the Social Media
and Critical Care (SMACC) conference simulation team, delivering workshop and on-stage
simulation programmes in Dublin, Berlin and Sydney.

Now settled back in Wales, Sara is thrilled at undertaking the role of Associate Dean in
Simulation and Clinical Skills and heading up the fantastic HEIW simulation team. She is
particularly excited at getting to know the Welsh simulation community and supporting the
incredible work that is going on across the country.

Calling all colleagues involved in simulation across Wales, we need your help defining  ‘what Simulation-Based Education (SBE) means to HEIW’

If you have any questions or want to know more about the work of the team email HEIW.simulation@wales.nhs.uk 

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