Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning CPD7009


Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning explores and further develops understanding of simulation for teaching and supporting learning in the clinical workplace. Examining simulation techniques and technologies from across the low-fidelity to high-fidelity continuum, this module will raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of using and designing simulation-based training activities to create effective, high quality, learning opportunities in the clinical context. Issues of authenticity, participant engagement, approaches and roles of the facilitator and transferability of skills, current debates on the reliability and validity of measuring and assessing learning via simulation, plus wider educational issues which simulation may ‘unearth’ will be explored in relation to theory, practical evidence and existing literature.

Module Code: CPD7009
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

The module is designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • To highlight the importance of recognising simulation as a teaching modality;
  • To raise awareness of reasons why trainers may choose simulation based
  • To raise awareness of how trainers may implement simulation based training;
  • To raise awareness of on-going debates regarding the efficacy & uses of simulation.

What will I study?

  • Patient Safety
  • Clinical Training
  • Non-technical Skills
  • Team Working
  • Situational Awareness
  • Crisis Management
  • Learning Outcomes & Session Design
  • Approaches & Roles
  • Authenticity & the Hi-Lo Fidelity Continuum
  • Debrief & Feedback
  • Assessment
  • Transferrable Skills

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. A range of assessment strategies are employed in this module including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports, case studies, peer observation of teaching, the design of learning activities and the creation of portfolios. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent).

On successful completion you will:

  • Articulate a rationale for choosing simulation as a teaching modality
  • Apply the underpinning teaching and learning theories to designing a session, delivering a session, conducting a debrief and evaluating your teaching
  • Appreciate the debates on the limitations and implications of the use of simulation in workplace based learning

Study Dates and Venues

February 2020 S2

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Tue 18th Feb 2020

Session Times:
  • WS1, Tuesday, 18/02/2020, 1.45pm to 5pm, Attendance
  • WS2, Wednesday, 18/03/2020, 1.45pm to 5pm, Attendance
  • WS3, Thursday, 29/04/2020, 1.45pm to 5pm , Attendance
  • Assignment Submission: Monday, 2nd June 2020, 4pm

    Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis.

It is a core module for the PGCert Simulation and Clinical Learning. programme

It is also an optional module for the MA Clinical Education programme.