Simulation Training Days are full day training events organised by HYMS PCP in partnership with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. They are held annually for Community First Responders – both from HYMS PCP and also other local CFR schemes. The aim is to deliver training to refresh and enhance their skills.
Simulation training is of great importance in pre-hospital care education. It assists with preparation for attending emergency situations by allowing individuals to practice their skills in realistic scenarios, where mistakes are allowed and feedback can be given.
The most recent event was held at Hull Royal Infirmary on 23rd February 2013. The highlight of the day was the session with the state of the art SimMan 3G, a manikin which can talk and be programmed to have varying vital signs. The participants were able to treat the SimMan, whilst the rest of the group watched their efforts on a TV in the next room. The rest of the day involved rotating around a series of shorter stations, these included practice of history taking techniques, teaching about basic cardio-respiratory anatomy and physiology, as well as ALS teaching and a vehicle familiarisation session. The teaching sessions were led by HYMS students and ambulance service staff. Feedback from the event was very positive and enjoyment was had all-round.
So far Simulation Training Days have been delivered annually at Hull Royal Infirmary (around February time). The intention is that this year we will also be able to branch out and hold the event at additional sites – York being the next one in the pipeline.