Meet the Exec - we have recently welcomed Ann Sunderland & Samantha McCormack to the ASPiH EC
Purva is the President of ASPiH and the Chair of the ASPiH Standards Committee.
JOB TITLE – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Consultant Anaesthetist and Founder Director of Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation (HILS) at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull.
Purva’s key accomplishment is the creation of the national standards for simulation based education that she led over two years alongside her colleagues in ASPiH. She is currently engaged in developing an accreditation process to enable simulation educators to use the standards to improve their practice and that of their organisation.
Purva is the organisation’s expert on simulation education for all health care professionals. She uses human factors approach to deal with critical incidents and has developed the in-situ simulation programme for healthcare professionals of her organisation which has addressed latent errors and improved patient care. Purva has a keen interest in using simulation methodology to change behaviours for the improvement of patient safety.
She has been instrumental in introducing and establishing simulation based education in organisations and specialities naive to simulation. She has been responsible for the setting up of the hugely successful Educational Leadership in Simulation programme in Yorkshire which has trained 33 Post graduate doctors at HILS. She was invited to lead the work on mapping simulation to the curriculum for Core Medical trainees for the Royal College of Physicians. She has also been invited to lead the work on simulation faculty development through the national HEE simulation expert group of which she is a member. She also set up the first Post Graduate MSc course in Simulation in collaboration with Hull University. She is an international and nationally recognised speaker with several publications to her credit. She has joined the editorial board of BMJ STEL journal.
Purva runs a successful business providing interview skills training, coaching and mentoring for doctors in the NHS. She is an accomplished cook and enjoys large scale cooking for social events. She is an avid Yoga exponent and runs a Yoga club for her friends locally.
Helen is a Past President of ASPiH
JOB TITLES – Consultant Anaesthetist & Director, Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research (OxSTaR)
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford
In addition to her clinical responsibilities Helen has extensive roles in education both in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford.
When President of ASPiH, Helen had a specific interest in strengthening ASPiH’s position as the primary learned body promoting and developing simulation in healthcare education in the United Kingdom and Ireland and in advancing our relationships with similar organisations worldwide.
Helen has been an active member of the Executive Committee in ASPiH since its inception in 2009. She took over as President when Bryn Baxendale stepped down in November 2015.
She is co-director of the Patient Safety Academy in the Health Education Thames Valley LETB providing training and support to healthcare professionals in the application of human factors to improve quality and safety (http://www.patientsafetyacademy.co.uk)
Helen enjoys diving (but only where it’s sunny!), karate and cookery.
In his capacity as a consultant anaesthetist, Michael is particularly interested in patient safety and the role of human factors in improving clinical performance. As the director of the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors, he aim to improve quality of care by developing the use of simulation and clinical human factors training on a national and international basis. He is involved in running and creating courses, as well as implementing quality assurance measures, while ensuring financial sustainability.
Director (Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors)
Consultant (Anaesthesia) Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Dundee
He is the only UK member (and one of only 6 non-US members) on the editorial board of Simulation in Healthcare, the most widely read simulation journal in the world.
Michael has three girls, aged 10, 5 and 3 and a little boy aged 15 months. He spends a considerable amount of time entertaining (and being entertained by) them. He likes to potter around the garden and he and his partner spend time walking, reading and catching up on their sleep.
Clair is an ASPiH Executive Committee member where she has the role of Finance Officer and Vice Chair of the new Quality and Standards sub-committee
JOB TITLE – Head of Professional Practice Skills at Oxford Brookes University
Honorary Clinical Contract at Oxford University Hospital Trust-Advanced Nurse Practitioner Neurosciences
Clair is responsible for professional practice skills development for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences for both pre-registration and post registration students. This involves developing, implementing, and evaluating the Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategy for professional practice skills at the same time ensuring collaboration with students, service users and staff about teaching and learning these skills. Clair manages 13 skills suites across both sites which supports professional practice skills development and low to medium fidelity simulation.
Clair has a particular interest in interprofessional simulation and transferability of simulation based education into the clinical environment.
Clair has led on establishing simulated based education in the pre-registration nursing curriculum by being an active part in the NMC pilot study. She joined ASPiH as an executive member in 2010, so has been actively involved in developing ASPiH to its current format.
Clair enjoys umpiring netball at regional level, watching her son and husband play rugby, shopping with her daughter and spending time with her family.
Carrie is an ASPiH Executive Committee member where she leads on ‘Simulated Patient and Patient Engagement’ and ‘Equality and Diversity’
JOB TITLES – Director of Education, Training and Innovation SimComm Academy ‘simulation communication training’
Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth and Freelance Consultant Carrie J Hamilton Consultancy
Carrie has been immersed in the field of simulated patients, simulated relatives and simulated health care professionals (SPs) for many years. She is driven by her belief that in order for any health professional to deliver care that is compassionate and competent, hearing from the patient, relative and staff perspective is an essential component. She is a keen advocate of hybrid and multimodal simulation and in using humans in human factor teaching and learning. Working independently through SimComm Academy, providing SPs and facilitated communication skills sessions, she is able to be objective, collaborative and supportive when working with health care organisations, HEIs and the independent sector.
Carrie has a nursing background with qualifications in three countries, UK, Canada and America. She has spent many years working overseas and conducted research that looked internationally at the infrastructure necessary for safe and effective SP programmes. Tropical medicine, inflight nursing, intensive care and emergency care have been her specialist areas of practice, before moving into clinical management, education and consultancy.
In the past, Carrie has enjoyed trekking at altitude and exploring less explored areas of the globe.
Co – chair of the ASPiH Critical Care SIG
Colette is the deputy director for the simulation and interactive learning centre at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London where she takes a lead role in faculty development and inter-professional programmes including Sepsis, Delirium & dementia and Safer tracheostomy care.
Colette specialised in intensive care nursing before moving into education and practice development positions. She has kept strong professional & clinical links within acute & critical care, and is the conference director for the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN).
Karen is Manager of the Interactive Studies Unit in the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham.
She holds a degree in Communication Processes and joined the Department of Primary Care and General Practice at the University of Birmingham in September 2001. Karen co-ordinates the role play team and is also involved with recruitment, training and facilitating work.
Karen is a member of ASPE (Association of Standardised Patient Educators) and is past Chair of the International Committee. She is also a member of the Certification Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Karen has been one of the leads in Birmingham setting up the Clinical Skills Programme for the medical and PA students.
Lead Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Senior Lecturer, National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI)
Director SPRinT programme
Margarita’s main interest in simulation is in improving patient care and safety at the frontline through in situ interprofessional simulated team training. For this reason she founded the SPRinT (Simulated interPRofessional Team Training) programme at Royal Brompton Hospital in order to enhance patient safety through high-level high stakes team training in the clinical environment. This award-winning, patient safety educational programme now trains over 100 interprofessional staff from across the Trust each year, and delivers facilitator courses for 50-60 professionals/year in human factor, team training and simulation regionally and nationally. Margarita has led research in innovative adult learning techniques and tools in order to translate into clinical effectiveness and improvement.
Margarita was a Board of Director member of the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshops (IPSSW) from 2011-14, and Secretary and Research Lead for the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Education, Learning and Simulation (PICSELS) group 2010-14. She is currently Simulation Co-Chair for Health Education North West London (HENWL) and sits on the simulation working group of the European Society of Paediatric & Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC).
Margarita likes swimming (leisurely, in the summer in Greece!) and playing the piano
Freelance consultant in clinical skills and simulation, Wynnefield Consulting
Consultant in clinical skills and simulation, Sheffield Hallam University
Associate lecturer, University of Huddersfield
Adjunct Faculty, CAE International Healthcare Academy
Ann is currently a member of the accreditation sub committee and takes an active role in supporting individuals and organisations through the accreditation process. She has been involved in simulation based education since 2001, becoming involved in developing and delivering objective structured clinical examinations for postgraduate nursing programmes. Undertaking an MMedSci focusing on clinical skills and simulation sparked a particular interest in this field of education and since leaving her post as senior lecturer in 2018, she has broadened her work within SBE both regionally, nationally and internationally.
Ann’s clinical background is in primary care, initially working as a practice nurse and later as a nurse practitioner within general practice, before entering full time academia.
Ann is passionate about animal welfare and enjoys watching the antics of her four rescue cats. She also loves travelling, reading and listening to music.
Technical Manager Simulation, Psychology & Performance, Buckinghamshire New University
Associate Lecturer (MA Prosthetics & Sculpting), Buckinghamshire New University
Professional Registration Application Assessor, The Science Council
Social Media Editor, BMJ STEL Journal
Sam has been involved in supporting simulation based education since 2011. She has a master of science in Medical and Healthcare simulation, and was the first simulation technician to gain Registered Scientist recognition with The Science Council.
Sam’s background is in education, previously working in secondary education supporting students with special educational needs, primarily Autism.
Sam is passionate about enhancing simulation based education and adding authenticity using her skills with moulage . Sam loves to spend her spare time with her four sons and partner, and enjoys traveling and attending music festivals.
Alan is a trainee anaesthetist in Yorkshire and lead simulation fellow at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. His interest in simulation and technology enhanced learning began whilst he was still in medical school (HYMS). With the assistance of the executive committee he set up sASPiH during this period to recruit, retain and develop students from any profession within ASPiH. Following this, he was invited to become an executive committee member of ASPiH to continue his work for the Association. He also currently chairs the Early Careers Group of AoME after three enjoyable years on the national committee of JASME. He has a fledgling academic interest in large datasets.
Whenever Alan manages to escape the hospital, he enjoys reading, taking apart expensive equipment that he really shouldn’t, exploring Yorkshire, and a bit of archery.