The ICU at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is unique in being the only ICU in the country with dedicated simulation facilities within the unit. We have two patient rooms, each with a Laerdal manikin set up for simulation training. The rooms lend themselves towards Critical Care training, but we also have equipment to run anaesthetic and trauma based scenarios.
We currently host a number of dedicated courses, predominantly Critical Care based, but also anaesthetic, trauma, surgery and general ward based simulation. These courses include:
- the Transport Course (multi-disciplinary course dealing with Critical Care transfers)
- New2ICU (regional critical care course for junior doctors)
- the Acute Critical Care Practitioner Course (a nursing course leading to a postgraduate qualification).
We deliver weekly, in-situ, multi-disciplinary team training involving doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. The set-up of the rooms means that they can be used for impromptu critical care and anaesthetics simulation training.
There are a number of opportunities for gaining experience in delivering simulation training through the multitude of courses delivered. We also have senior medical and nursing staff with teaching qualifications able to mentor healthcare professionals, both in their own simulation delivery development and with the setting up and running of novel courses. The critical care medical and nursing leads for simulation are both former Health Education England fellows and members of the South West Simulation Network, with links with the NBT postgraduate centre, University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.