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We are a teaching hospital – Ward-based paediatric simulation programme

Posted: 7 April 2022

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West Herts run a ward-based weekly simulation training programme for our paediatric teams. The programme takes place within the children’s emergency department, paediatric assessment unit (PAU) and on the paediatric ward, instead of the trust’s simulation suite, so all staff can participate.

Designed and led by a multidisciplinary team on the frontline of paediatric care, the course puts staff in the middle of a high-pressure scenario of an acutely ill or injured child. The life-like child and baby manikins present symptoms as a human would do and staff assess and manage the child’s care as they would do on the ward.

The team has now reached nearly 250 staff, with participants saying they learnt a lot in a safe environment. A further 29 members of staff from other departments such as anaesthetics have completed the course in the simulation suite.

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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