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A first in health for the North East

24 November 2010 @TeesUniNews


The five North-East Universities, including Teesside, are collaborating to contribute towards the first ASPiH conference (the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare).

Teesside, Sunderland, Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham will all take part in the conference.

ASPiH was formed last year through the merger of two associations, the National Association of Medical Simulators (NAMS) and the Clinical Skills Network (CSN).

Its inaugural conference is entitled ‘The Quality and Impact of simulated practice in healthcare’, taking place at St James’ Park in Newcastle.

The conference was brought to the North-East by Lesley Scott from Newcastle University, via the CETL4HealthNE. The latter is a consortium of the five North-East Universities with NHS partner organisations, originally funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Newcastle University is the lead partner in CETL4HealthNE, and the body designs and delivers innovative learning and teaching programmes and also develops new ways of sharing best practice in healthcare education.

Lesley Scott, Centre Manager, CETL4HealthNE said: 'Clinical simulation is not as widely used in health care as people perceive. The conference will explore how simulation can be applied to improve patient safety, the patient experience and the overall quality of care provided. We are delighted that CETL4HealthNE secured the conference to the North East and that all of the Universities are contributing to the vision.'

The CETL4HealthNE partners will be making a variety of contributions to the conference including workshops, posters and other presentations of innovative educational developments.