Community simulation, including general practice sim


We have been regularly simulating scenarios in community theatres and GP surgeries for the last year.

Through these sessions we have:

  • Improved links between community care, primary care and secondary care
  • Discovered latent threats
  • Educated and improved team-working.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with a real-life emergency occurring at a practice soon after which the team felt more prepared for.

More on what we do

To run a simulation session for your team, you will need to formulate an idea and appropriate learning points for the simulation. We can help you develop these. They may be influenced by an event or a perceived area of lack of knowledge within your team. You will also need to decide where the simulation is going to take place, eg in situ (where you work) vs the sim centre.

Each simulation session starts with a 'brief' (orientating everyone to the manikin/situation- 10 minutes), before running the simulation itself (15-20 minutes). This is followed by a Debrief (30 minutes), where we discuss what happened and what can be learnt (including medical, non-technical and process issues).

These are groups we are passionate to make more links with, so if your community hospital or GP surgery would like to learn in this way, please contact us.

Our team

The members of our Core team are from varying backgrounds and are all committed to improving staff education and patient safety.

We are:

  • Dr David Bartle, Paediatric Consultant and Trust Simulation Lead
  • Ross Thompson, Human Factors and Simulation Fellow
  • Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Anaesthetic Registrar and Simulation Fellow
  • Russ Chilton, Human Factors and Simulation Practitioner

We have many others who join us for courses and sessions. We are always keen for people to observe and learn how to educate in this way. Please contact us if you are interested.

Where to find us

RILD Building, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Ground floor, round the corner from Reception

Contact us

If you are interested in setting up a simulation, or want to see if we can help you improve education and patient safety, please contact us on 01392 408109 or

You can also keep up to date with us on Twitter: @RDE_SIM


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