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Strategic vision for simulation in health and care

Louise Garrahan, 25 November 2020

New strategic vision highlights important role of simulation and immersive technologies with health and care

Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has published a national strategic vision for simulation and immersive technologies in health and care. This vision explores how simulation-based programmes can help enhance education, clinical practice and staff wellbeing within the health and care sector.
The comprehensive document looks at the application of simulation and immersive learning technologies to help address system-wide challenges that are being faced by health and care leaders. These include enhancing placement capacity, providing assurances regarding competency attainment, and supporting workforce transformation as part of the process of system redesign.
It also describes opportunities to support recruitment and selection, so that the right people are recruited into the right roles, along with promoting workforce wellbeing and lifelong learning for all staff groups.
The document is presented in several chapters as outlined below, and will offer links to case studies that provide relevant examples from literature or the UK simulation community:

1. Improving patient safety

2. Delivering a modern workforce

3. Enhancing the quality and capacity of the learning environment

4. Involving patients and the public

5. Developing the simulation and immersive technology community

6. Simulation-based research and innovation

7. Learning from sectors outside of health and care

8. Reflections on the impact of COVID-19.

The vision is intended to help inform system and organisational leaders, commissioners, regulators, professional bodies, public and patient representatives, and academic and industry partners.
Select here to access the national strategic vision for simulation and immersive technologies in health and care.
A suite of additional documents has been produced alongside the vision including national guidance on the safe delivery of simulation-based education and key lessons from the initial response of the UK simulation community to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next stage of development is an operational plan, which will focus on key areas within the vision that are priorities within health and care.
Please share your feedback on the strategic vision via¬† Please add “Simulation strategic vision” to the subject of your email and advise if you wish to be involved in the next steps. HEE TEL would also like you to share your own examples of how simulation and immersive technologies enhance education, clinical practice and staff wellbeing.

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