Meet the Exec
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.
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.
Jane is a registered Operating Department Practitioner, and has been an ASPiH Executive Committee member since 2013. In November 2017, she was appointed ASPiH's new Operations Manager. She continues her role of joint Chair of the Technicians and Learning Technologists SIG and also, the UK Chair for SimGHOSTS.
JOB TITLE – Director of Operations SimSupport ‘supporting skills and simulation’
In her new freelance consultancy role, Jane continues to raise the profile and opportunities for professional development of UK simulation technicians, through supporting groups/networks in HEE localities, across the UK, and beyond. She is currently contracted to work for a six-month period as the Northern Project manager on the HEE-ASPiH 2nd Consultation of the draft standards for simulation-based-education.
Jane has been responsible for the success of the annual ASPiH Conference TECH room since 2013. She coordinated the first pilot of clinical skills and simulation technician apprentices in 2014/2015 in HEE Yorkshire and the Humber and has been instrumental in gaining professional registration for simulation technicians through the Science Council, with ASPiH as their professional body.
She is often referred to as the equipment 'guru' and is specifically interested in the concept of new product designs and development of part-task trainers.
Jane loves walking - plus dogs, sailing - but only in Turkish waters and spending time with her three, now very grown-up children!
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.
Bryn is a Past President of ASPiH
JOB TITLE - Consultant Anaesthetist & Director, Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Professor of Clinical Simulation, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
Bryn provides strategic support and advice to the ASPiH Executive Committee. He has a specific interest in strengthening collaborative networks and relationships nationally and internationally that will help simulation and new learning technologies become adopted and integrated more effectively within healthcare education and practice. He is Chair of the Human Factors SIG.
Bryn helped lead ASPiH from its creation in 2009, and has worked to establish its role as a recognised learned body within healthcare education and patient safety domains. He was involved in negotiating the creation of the new peer review international journal BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, and his current focus is to strengthen the quality of simulation-based education and research in the UK.
Bryn is a keen (but very amateur) golfer and a more enthusiastic foodie and chef!
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.
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).
Nick is a Consultant in Acute Medicine and Medical Education including Simulation at The Royal Free Hospital as well as the Training Programme Director for Acute Medicine in North Central and East London.
Having trained at UWCM, Cardiff, he completed junior medical jobs in South Wales before travelling up the M4 for the North Thames Acute Medicine Training Programme. He has been a consultant in the area since 2010.
Nick’s clinical practice includes the management of acute medical admissions, with a particular interest in acute phase illnesses such as severe sepsis, acute alcohol syndromes and Acute Kidney Injury.
He has helped to develop and edit the pan-London CMT Simulation Curriculum (both high-fidelity and part-task training) and has developed a similar package for Medical StRs which has been piloted in Acute Medicine and planned for all GIM trainees. He has helped develop and run numerous simulated part-task procedural training courses. Nick has published in the field of medical simulation and is often asked to review articles on the subject.
Nick is a keen open water marathon swimmer; built for comfort, not for speed.
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
Jiv is an ASPiH exec member with a special interest in the advancement of high quality research into the use and outcomes from simulation based education in health.
JOB TITLE: Consultant Cardiologist, Bradford Royal Infirmary (from December 2017)
I have several years’ experience in conducting research in medical education, curriculum design and simulation. My doctoral thesis (MD) was on the subject of simulation based learning in contemporary medical training, encompassing a number of linked studies into the role for simulation in the training of junior doctors. I also hold a master’s degree in education, for which I explored an interface between e-learning and simulation and I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In addition to my clinical role, my interests are in curriculum design, qualitative and quantitative research in medical education and human factors
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.