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P-266 Collaborative working to support the development of simulation training in palliative care
  1. Rebecca Whiting1,
  2. Sally Richardson2,
  3. Jayne Price2 and
  4. Anna Chadwick3
  1. 1Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Guildford, UK
  2. 2Kingston University London, Kingston Upon Thames, UK
  3. 3Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London, UK


Background/aims Simulation training has become widely recognised as a tool for educating health care staff in a variety of contexts (General Medical Council. Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training. [Internet], 2015; Nursing & Midwifery Council. Realising professionalism. Standards for education and training Part 1. [Internet], 2018), but use in palliative care settings is limited (Renton, Quinton, Mayer. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2017; 7(1):88–93). A quality improvement project undertaken at a children’s hospice last year demonstrated the potential value of simulation training in this field and interest was expressed in upscaling the programme. This project is to develop an e-learning train-the-trainer programme for educators in palliative care settings.

Method A special interest group formed of UK-based paediatric palliative care educators identified that educators needed support and advice about how to plan and deliver high fidelity simulation training. University funding was obtained to produce an e-learning package for palliative care educators to support the provision of high-quality simulation training. Supported by a UK university’s e-development team, this project is a collaboration between a lead lecturer in simulation, a children’s hospice education team, and a specialist palliative care doctor. The package is a ‘getting started’ guide to simulation for palliative care.

Results The e-learning package will be advertised to palliative care team educators in the UK and available to buy on a cost per user basis. The anticipated result is that an increased number of simulation training courses will be developed and implemented in various settings where palliative care is provided. Success will be measured via a questionnaire sent to those who completed the package regarding the perceived usefulness of the package and its impact on training development.

Conclusion High fidelity simulation training has been employed sparingly in palliative care settings, but recent work has generated interest. An e-learning package is being produced to equip palliative care educators to facilitate high quality simulation training.

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