International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
Adi Health+Wellness
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12 Remote Control: The Virtual Participant During Simulation
DOI 10.54531/VWPX3275, Volume: 1, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A1-A1
Article Type: Perspectives, Article History

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What? At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, learner operating department practitioners (ODPs) were withdrawn from their clinical placements, thus removing their learning opportunities. This greatly affected their confidence and key knowledge. Staffordshire University adopted a blended learning approach to education for their Health and Social Care learners. This approach allowed the learners to attend campus for simulation sessions in small groups adhering toCOVID-19 guidelines of the University. This approach had some limitations; it identified a disparity in provision for those learners who were unable to attend in person due to isolating, shielding or home-schooling provisions. In response to this, we created a system using available technology to allow learners to actively participate in the simulation virtually. The virtual learners were included within the pre-brief, orientation to the equipment and surroundings, simulated sessions and post-simulation de-brief. The virtual learners were given objectives throughout the simulated session to ensure inclusivity and unity of direction, and were then included within the de-brief, which is arguably the most impactful phase of the simulation [1]; they were invited to share their findings so that they became an integral part of the conversation. This was achieved using Microsoft Teams, high-definition remote cameras including Scotia Medical Observation and Training System (SMOTS) and Bluetooth interface for sound control. The room was organized to offer a balanced view for both attendees and virtual learners. Additionally, adaptations were made to the delivery method to integrate both types of learners within the simulation.

So what? This project successfully allowed virtual learners who ordinarily would have missed the learning opportunity altogether to participate. Early feedback from the virtual learners proved this adaption successful; virtual learners reported feeling motivated and connected to the class. This approach could be adapted for future simulation sessions to ensure inclusivity for learners who are unable to attend campus.

Sharman and Woodrow-Hirst: 12 Remote Control: The Virtual Participant During Simulation

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Ciceron F, Besch G, Benkhadra M, et al. Individual versus collective debriefing after interprofessional training course simulation: The randomised DEBRIEF-SIM trial. Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med. 2021;40(2):100828. https://doi-org.ezproxy.staffs.ac.uk/10.1016/j.accpm.2021.100828.
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