Project and research placements within a simulation team at a higher education institution: reflections and recommendations

Aubrey, Claire, Morris, Karen and Drude, Finn (2022) Project and research placements within a simulation team at a higher education institution: reflections and recommendations. In: NET 2022 Conference (Networking for Education in Healthcare), 6-7 September 2022, Lancaster University, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Promotional abstract: The demand for health placements is currently very high, due to COVID-19 and increasing retirement numbers, as well as a growing body of students being recruited onto training programmes. To counter these problems in the local area, the Simulation Team at the University of Cumbria have been piloting a model of in-house placements, based around research and project development. This presentation will look at the experiences of the Simulation Team in delivering these placements. We will provide initial reflections and experiences of this model, integrating tutor and student evaluation, as well as the effects on learning outcomes.

Key concepts to be addressed, including, where possible, the international relevance: The demand for health placements is currently very high, due to COVID-19 and increasing retirement numbers, as well as a growing body of students being recruited onto training programmes. This is resulting in universities struggling to locate a sufficient amount of appropriate placement areas where learning outcomes can be met and proficiencies obtained (Imms et al., 2018). Even when placements are found, staffing shortages and work overload can mean that high students are diminished, and the appropriate time and energy needed to support a student may be significantly reduced or absent (Parker, 2018).

Aim(s)/focus: To counter these problems in the local area, the Simulation Team at the University of Cumbria have been piloting a model of in-house placements, based around research and project development. This presentation will look at the experiences of the Simulation Team in delivering these placements.

Evidence base and literature informing the arguments: The demand for health placements is currently very high, due to COVID-19 and increasing retirement numbers, as well as a growing body of students being recruited onto training programmes. This is resulting in universities struggling to locate a sufficient amount of appropriate placement areas where learning outcomes can be met and proficiencies obtained (Imms et al., 2018). Even when placements are found, staffing shortages and work overload can mean that high students are diminished, and the appropriate time and energy needed to support a student may be significantly reduced or absent (Parker, 2018). To counter these problems in the local area, the Simulation Team at the University of Cumbria have been piloting a model of in-house placements, based around research and project development. With the ever-increasing pressures out in practice, this is fast becoming an innovative solution to ensure quality and accessibility (Taylor, 2021). There is currently limited research on student-led simulation, but this viewpoint will enable simulation to focus on areas where experience has been lacking, more accurately in order to develop a more well-rounded practitioner.

Issues for debate: This presentation will look at the experiences of the Simulation Team in delivering simulation placements. We will provide initial reflections and experiences of this model, integrating tutor and student evaluation, as well as the effects on learning outcomes, enabling discussion around the potential for simulation placements in the future, their design and application, as well as efficacy.

Three key points to indicate how your work contributes to knowledge development within the selected theme: This will contribute to the emerging discussion around simulated placements, as well as about placements which support students focusing on technology and research. It will give a clear demonstration of the application of simulation to help take pressure off limited placement areas.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Institute of Health > Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 12:42
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 12:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6587

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