Ali is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Trust and a Teaching Fellow in DREEAM (Department of Research and Education in Emergency medicine Acute medicine and Major trauma), where she leads the simulation programme.
NUH Emergency Department is unique in having a cohort of approximately 40 SPs affiliated to it, who specialise in the simulation of acute illness and injury. Ali particularly enjoys applying make-up to enhance the realism of scenarios. She has an interest in the quality assurance of SPs and the dissertation for her Masters degree in Medical Education focused on their continuing professional development.
The SPOTs (Simulated Patient Organisers and Trainers) SIG brings together those who work with SPs in healthcare education. The generic term SP encompasses various role descriptors such as simulated patient, standardised patient, simulator, role player etc. It also includes simulated relatives or healthcare professionals.Through regular communication and national meetings, the SIG shares best practice in this important area of simulation. We act as a strong advocate for the use of SPs (real people are surely the highest possible fidelity simulation!). We work closely with other areas of simulation to advance hybrid and multi-modal practice.We would like to expand the SIG membership and create and support standards for the SP methodology nationally. We are also keen to welcome simulated patients themselves to the SIG. There will be an SPOTs SIG meeting at ASPiH 2019 Belfast and we are planning an event in Nottingham in 2020.
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