Simulation centre activity


At our sim centre, we run a busy programme of multidisciplinary simulation, including regular simulation sessions and courses.

Regular simulation sessions in the sim centre include session with:

  • Foundation doctors (F1/2)
  • IM&T trainees
  • Physios on call
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physios for Tracheostomy training

Simulation courses include:

  • Neonatal step up to registrar course
  • Paediatric 'return to training' course - for those who have taken time out of training
  • Train the trainer (educating in simulation training)
  • Bespoke ward study days
  • We also aid in facilitating the following courses: difficult neonatal airway, patient transfer, novice anaesthetic, managing emergencies in paediatric anaesthesia (MEPA), medical emergency team study days, and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)

Please contact us if you’d like more information about any of the courses above.

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) or the sim centre. There are advantages of both.

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).

We have close links to key educational teams including: medical education; resuscitation; learning and development; moving and handling; and patient safety.

We run train the trainer courses, educating healthcare professionals on how to set up and run their own simulation. Please contact us for more information on these.

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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