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Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust medical simulation training program has been running successful training programmes across many disciplines for several years.

 The project has a Laerdal SimMan 3G wireless patient simulator in addition to SimMan Classic, and a SimBaby (infant manikin). The facility also possesses high quality audio-visual recording equipment and multimedia display equipment to facilitate teaching and debriefing. Simulation training takes place in our dedicated simulation suite within the Post Graduate Centre, or in-situ on the wards, operating theatres or other clinical environments. Most sessions are facilitated by Specialty Consultants in conjunction with our Simulation technician, Mr Steve Harris.

 A brief synopsis of our current regular simulation training is given below.


  • A well established program of training for the novice anaesthetic trainees, developed by Dr Paul Carpenter is provided biannually. This successful programme has now been extended peninsula-wide.
  • We are a nationally-recognised MEPA (Managing Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia) centre and run this course twice per year.
  • The recently-developed CoAAST (Cornwall Aeromedical and Ambulance Simulation Training) course, developed by Dr David Ashton-Cleary saw collaboration with the Royal Navy to enable Simulation training in the Seaking helicopter.
  • Anaesthesia crisis resource management update training is offered to senior anaesthetic trainees
  • Theatre staff training: Team resource management training for theatre and recovery staff is offered on both adult and baby manikins.


 Foundation Programme:

  • All F1 doctors are rotated through a curriculum-based acute care simulation programme during their year, led by Dr Roger Langford. This is part of the Generic Skills training. F2 doctors can also apply to attend simulation study days, which include interview preparation, as well as clinical scenario training, run throughout the year.


Emergency Department;

  • A rolling simulation training programme, often based on recent cases presenting to the department is provided fortnightly. Sessions are based in the simulation suite, or in-situ in the department.


  • The TOME (Training in Obstetric Multidisciplinary Emergencies) study day takes place on a rolling monthly programme. All staff involved in Obstetric care are invited to attend.



  • Simulation training is now embedded in the areas of RCHT where acutely unwell children are frequently assessed. A multidisciplinary rolling programme of paediatric and neonatal simulation is provided fortnightly.


Our aim is to establish a comprehensive training program with the primary purpose of increasing the quality of the training experience for trainee doctors in the Trust across all specialities. We are currently training Medical Consultants in simulation training with a view to introducing simulation to our physician training programme.


Useful contacts


Mr Steve Harris, Simulation Suite technician


Dr Roger Langford, Consultant Anaesthetist, Director of Simulation Suite


Dr Paul Carpenter, Consultant Anaesthetist,  Anaesthesia Novice programme lead


Dr John Ellis, Consultant Paediatrician, Paediatric simulation lead


Dr Toby Slade, Emergency Department Consultant, Emergency Department Simulation lead