UCLPartners Simulation Network

UCLPartners hosts the collaborative Simulation Network for providers of simulation-based education across all organisations responsible for education of health care professionals in north central and east London.

Many well-established and innovative courses and programmes exist across the UCLPartners’ region which use simulation as an educational initiative. The goal of the Simulation Network is to ensure that local providers are supported to provide high quality simulation-based education with patient safety at its heart, maximising opportunities for multi-professional education and increasing access for learners regardless of their profession and location within the partnership.

What we’re doing

The aim of the Simulation Network is to build effective relationships which enable work across organisational boundaries to deliver value and ensure maintenance of output. The three themes the Network works to are:

Faculty capability and collaboration

  • Engage wider groups of educators (HEIs, primary care) in the Simulation Network and Faculty Development Programme
  • Strengthen the collaborative simulation faculty network by initially embedding a standard approach to quality assurance/peer review
  • Provide a comprehensive programme for faculty development, accessible to various care sectors, in collaboration with network members
  • Promote collaboration in design and delivery of simulation-based education across primary and secondary care.

Maximising capacity

  • Train more AHPs and clinical support staff across the network using simulation
  • Identify funding to pilot and sustain new simulation courses targeted to support development of AHP, clinical support, and new care roles
  • Establish key performance indicators for simulation centres to target development and progression.

Sustainability of the system

  • Explore and test various funding models to support innovation while providing support for existing courses
  • Pursue opportunities for simulation-based educational research in collaboration with HEIs
  • Work in collaboration with south London, north west London, and Kent/Surrey/Sussex Simulation Networks to share expertise and resources.

Programme leadership and contacts

Chris Sadler, Director of Simulation, UCLPartners

Lucy Brock, Multi-Professional Lead for Simulation, UCLPartners


External resources

Below are some useful links to resources which can be used to Introduce simulation, read about different models of debriefing, and reflect on your own practice as a simulation facilitator:

Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) 


Debriefing Described by Center for Medical Simulation 
Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare© (DASH©)
Imperial College – The London Handbook for Debriefing

Introduction to Simulation Online Module

Recognising and Assessing Medical Problems in Psychiatric Settings (RAMMPS)