Explore role of simulation in driving quality, patient safety

Timothy Willett, SIM-one’s interim president.
Timothy Willett, SIM-one’s interim president.

SIM-one, partners presents first national forum

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Natalie Hamilton

Healthcare stakeholders can learn more about the potential for creating a safer patient environment by harnessing the tools of simulation.

SIM-one and partners are collaborating to present the 2016 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety. This is a knowledge-sharing event that expands on the growing interest in using simulation to improve patient safety and quality of care.

“For me, the key highlight is the intersection of the world of simulation and quality and safety improvement,” says Timothy Willett, SIM-one’s interim president.

“I think this represents an opportunity for simulation that has tremendous potential and is just beginning to be explored in Canada.”

Presented in collaboration with HIROC, Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Health Quality Ontario, Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors and HealthCare CAN, this first national forum is Monday, May 30 in Toronto.

Attendees will learn about simulation in its many forms from mannequins to standardized patients to computer-based simulations and more.

Willett speaks with HIROC.com about the upcoming event.

HIROC.com: What are the goals of the forum?

Willett: Two goals of this forum are to firstly highlight some of the leading-edge practices of the hospitals that are starting to do this work, and secondly, to raise awareness of the opportunities and growing evidence for the effectiveness of simulation in this setting.

HIROC.com: Can you speak about the importance of the role of simulation in the acute care setting?

Willett: A fair amount of recent research has highlighted the importance of implementation strategy when it comes to the potential impact of a quality improvement or safety improvement initiative. Simulation has a tremendous amount of evidence now as being a very effective way to implement change and provide training that will translate into behavioural change, culture change, care improvements and better patient outcomes.

HIROC.com: What can people expect to learn from attending this event?

Willett: People can expect to learn what simulation is, its various modalities or forms, applications for it to improve quality and safety, some innovative and cutting-edge case studies from across Canada and a summary of evidence for the effectiveness in return on investment for simulation.

HIROC.com: What would be the best outcome for the event or would signify success?

Willett: Success would be if quality and safety leads from across Canada leave with the energy to advance the use of simulation in their hospitals and have the information they need to advocate for that in their setting.”

The target audience members for the event are hospital executives and quality improvement leads who are interested in the role simulation could play in advancing their work.

To learn more about the presentations, keynote speakers and to register, click here.

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