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Healthcare Simulation

Our Healthcare Simulation courses are designed for current Medical Students and Professionals.

The main goal of the Diploma in Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to run a simulation centre and use simulation for research, improving patient safety, testing equipment and processes, and integrating simulation, through distance learning into institutional healthcare training, education and delivery systems.

Over the past two decades the use of simulation to train healthcare providers has progressed rapidly in terms of both the technology and the educational techniques used.

However, there has been a lack of education and training in how this equipment can be used to educate healthcare practitioners or incorporated into existing educational programmes. The main goal of the modules in the Diploma in Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to run a simulation centre and use simulation for research, improving patient safety, testing equipment and processes, and integrating simulation into institutional healthcare training, education and delivery systems.

The course is delivered as much as possible through distance learning online. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are delivered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials. There will also be a need to attend five days of intensive hands – on training in using a range of simulators carried out at NUI Galway.

Entry requirements

•An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g. medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g. Emergency Medicine Technicians, simulation technicians).

•Demonstrated interest in simulation.

•Demonstrated proficiency in English.

•Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals.

Duration

The course is delivered as much as possible through distance learning online.

The course will be delivered in six sequential modules during the academic year

Careers or further progression

In the last decade there have been large changes in: undergraduate healthcare education, postgraduate healthcare education, delivery of healthcare, and the working environment.

These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centres nationally and internationally. The Diploma in Medical and Healthcare Simulation will provide the student with the expertise required to lead a simulation centre/programme.

Subjects taught

The course will be delivered in six sequential modules during the academic year.

Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.

Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.

Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.

Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based education programme.

Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation.

Module 6. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education

Assessment method

The course will be assessed by:

•Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the week of instruction.

•The completion of e-tivities, and one end of module assignment for each module.

•Participation, and reflection on, simulation-based teaching activities.

•Demonstration of competency in delivering simulation-based education.

Course fee

Cost: 5,000 Euro

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