SimGHOSTS Affiliate ASPiH Holds 9th Annual UK Event
Just before Thanksgiving the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) held its 9th annual Simulation conference event in Southport UK. The ASPiH organization is a key affiliation with SimGHOSTS, wherein both groups have partnered to provide simulation technology specialist support across both regions through online support, in-person events, and research support. SimGHOSTS Founder and Chairman of the Board Lance Baily was in attendance to connect with ASPiH leadership and support Sim Techs in the UK.
Following the event Lance shared "The ASPiH organization and annual meeting is among the highest performing orgs and events in the entire world of Simulation -- anyone involved in healthcare simulation should consider attending, no matter what country they live in. Especially as next year is the 10th annual event which were certainly be record breaking!".
Of important note for Sim Techs was the launch of the STEP program. STEP is a three modular program designed to support technicians to gain accreditation with the Science Council and thereafter support their ongoing professional development. In preparation for the national launch of STEP the ASPiH team held three soft launches in Orpington (South London) on the 16, 17 and 18 October. Simulation technicians were invited to join these events to undertake one (or more) modules and provide feedback.
- Support simulation technicians in their application for professional registration with the Science Council.
- Encourage technicians to analyse work activity through a programmatic approach to continuing professional development.
- Enable technicians to demonstrate the contribution they make to the effective functioning of simulation centres.
Among other presentations during the first breakout session, Professor Bryn Baxendale and team covered progress and plans for evaluating the Australian National Health Education & Training Simulation Programme (NHET – Sim), Dr. David Wright covered in situ simulation and several groups covered a review of innovative VR technologies. Over 30 sessions are taking place this week at the ASPiH conference all dedicated specifically to simulation in healthcare.
4th - 6th November
ASPiH is a not-for-profit membership Association comprising of members drawn from healthcare, education and patient safety backgrounds including researchers, learning technologists, workforce development or education managers, administrators, and healthcare staff and students. The current aims of the Association are to:
- provide an effective communication network for those involved in simulation and technology enhanced learning across the UK and beyond
- provide quality exemplars of best practice in the application of simulated practice to education, training, assessment and research in healthcare
- support the expansion and uptake of simulated practice by establishing key benefits and evidence of impact linking simulated practice with improvements in patient safety and quality of care
- develop and share key operational and strategic resources for members drawn from experience within the association and from links with relevant educational bodies nationally and internationally
- encourage and support scholarly development and recognition of members through wider dissemination of innovative practice at scientific meetings and publications
- become the “go to” independent organisation for those looking for expertise, advice and information about healthcare simulation and technology enhanced learning