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The North East Simulation Network

The North East Simulation Network (NESN) was founded in April 2014 at the 1st Regional Interest in Simulation Meeting held at University Hospital of North Tees. Network members include clinicians, nurses, educators and representatives of local educational organisations from across the North East & Cumbria.

The North East Simulation Network Mission

NESN Aims To:

  • Promote high quality simulation based education across the North East and Cumbria.
  • Deliver evidence based educational events that demonstrate an improvement in patient safety and experience as underpinned by the key principles of Department of Health Framework for Technology Enhanced Learning.
  • Provide a link between trained facilitators & educationalists to promote multidisciplinary simulation based educational training opportunities for all healthcare professionals.
  • Develop an educational & social resource for members via the development of a NESN website, trained faculty list & scenario database.

NESN Background

The primary agenda of the Regional Interest in Simulation meeting was to develop a strategy for the delivery of Simulation based courses for Acute Care Common Stem, Emergency Medicine Higher Trainees & Faculty Development. The meeting was opened to clinicians and educators from other Acute Specialties at their request in addition to representation from Health Education North East.

It became apparent that multiple and potential duplicate small specialist interest groups were already forming. There is strong support for a regional network to unite the groups, promote awareness of simulation training and encourage opportunities for multidisciplinary training across the region as a whole.

Since 2014 the Network has grown in strength and representation with multiple subgroups, including our technician and

NESN aims to continue working alongside Health Education England North East & North Cumrbia to assist in developing & delivering a Simulation Strategy for the North East & Cumbria.

Dr Kate Williamson
Health Education England North East Simulation & Human Factors Lead
Acute Schools North East Simulation Lead
Consultant In Emergency Medicine