Developing Educators for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (DESPiH) is the special interest group (SIG) of ASPiH devoted to creating a network of developing educators with an interest in simulation-based education across all healthcare professions.
This includes anyone starting to use healthcare simulation as a tool for learning, from students and postgraduate trainees through to experienced practitioners new to simulation-based education.
The core aim of DESPiH is to create a networked community of developing educators across the UK and beyond, allowing sharing of ideas and resources, and opportunities for collaboration.
DESPiH evolved from student ASPiH (sASPiH) in 2019, recognising the important contribution of all developing simulation educators both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Participation in the DESPiH network is free and does not currently require membership of ASPiH, although we would also recommend this.To get involved, please register your details here (tinyurl.com/despihmailing). You can also receive updates by following us on twitter @DE_SPiH, and for more information email us at [email protected].
Developing Educators/DESPiH Committee
Matt Aldridge - Chair
Matt is an anaesthetics trainee from Bristol with a particular interest in interprofessional simulation-based education for existing clinical teams. He is lead educator and co-founder of The Clinical Simulation Space at North Bristol NHS Trust (@SimSpaceBristol), and chair of the DESPiH steering group.
Kathryn Taylor - Secretary
Kathryn is currently working as a foundation year 2 doctor in Nottinghamshire and is planning to start Anaesthetic training in August. From an early stage she has been involved in various aspects of simulation, either through the pre-hospital care programme at university to student ASPiH. In her free time she loves to play hockey and go on walks with her retired greyhound.
Rebecca Hunter – Media Lead
Rebecca is a 3rd year nursing student at the University of Portsmouth with an interest in simulation and human factors. She presented at the 2018 ASPiH conference on a student’s experience of a simulated mass casualty event involving over 3500 participants and role players from across the emergency services. Following this she became an active member of the DESPiH committee. Key roles include managing the social media accounts and supporting research and training.
Alan Gopal – Executive Liaison
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.
Chaamanti Sivakumar – Student lead
Chaamanti is a Foundation year 1 doctor in South London. Chaamanti has been involved with simulation since medical school during which time she led student ASPiH. She continues to teach simulation to medical students at Croydon University Hospital. She continues to support student involvement through DESPiH. In her free time she enjoys performing as a classical south Indian dancer.
Katharine Jamieson - Committee Member
Katharine is a neonatal specialist trainee in the final stages of her training. She graduated from Oxford University in 2006 and, following her foundation training, commenced paediatric and neonatal training in London. She spent an additional 2 years working in Melbourne, Australia. Katharine has a strong interest in medical education, specifically simulation, which she has pursued throughout her career, including completion of 2 simulation fellowships (one in Melbourne and one in London), and forming part of the London Paediatric Simulation Faculty Development Programme.
New date for the ASPiH SPOTs SIGs 1st Conference - Thursday 28th May 2020 at Trent Vineyard Conference Centre Nottingham, further details to follow shortly.
May 2019 - Developing Educators for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (DESPiH) is the new special interest group (SIG) of ASPiH devoted to creating a network of developing educators with an interest in simulation-based education across all healthcare professions.
There is also a primary care SIG and Emergency medicine SIG on the horizon! Watch this space!