NHS Emergency Medicine Consultant creates The Floor – Emergency Department Simulation game.
What is The Floor? A unique game-based table-top simulation has been invented by Dr Salwa Malik, NHS EM consultant, to help multidisciplinary staff learn the complexities of managing an ED safely. It recreates the day-to-day workings of an ED to help clinicians and managers understand how an ED works and develop the clinical leadership skills to manage a busy ED ‘shop floor’.
Each 90-minute session accommodates between 12 and 14 people. The game includes a wide range of scenarios, events and patient profiles making it a very flexible and adaptive training resource for all ED staff, managers and students.
The Floor is intense, complex, enjoyable and effective. Any experienced member of staff can facilitate the game without any training or external support.
The game was played recently at the University of the West of England (UWE) with 3rd year nursing students. Lead Simulator Aimee Hilton, Senior Lecturer – Adult Nursing.
Why do we need it? Table-top simulation is a familiar feature in major incident and natural disaster training. It is a cost-effective way of training staff to respond to serious incidents. With increasing pressure and constantly shifting patient acuity and flow managing ‘the shop floor’ is a difficult but essential skill. It forms part of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) curriculum. However, there are very few effective and realistic training tools to support the curriculum.
That’s why we created an easy to use table-top simulation to develop the skills essential to manage a busy and ever-changing emergency department. The Floor is also an excellent training tool for the wider MDT bringing colleagues together to develop relationships and improve how they communicate and collaborate.
“This game is great at simulating the actions undertaken in a major incident and it has become an integral part of our major incident training.” Senior Practice Development Nurse, BSUH.
The game will be available in January 2020 and can be pre-ordered at a discounted price during December 2019.
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