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Simulation and VR in clinical education and practice – multidisciplinary perspectives Day 2 14 Oct 2020

Day 2 of the BIR's two day event, 'Simulation and VR in clinical education and practice – multidisciplinary perspectives'.

Given the rise in recent years of the interest and the use of simulation and virtual reality in healthcare, the BIR hosted this meeting on the use of simulation and VR for clinical education and training. The event focused on experiences in both radiology and radiotherapy, but looked to involve multidisciplinary perspectives from outside these two main professions, from which to learn and also to share expertise. The event looked to share expertise and best practice for using simulation and VR in medical education and practice; focusing on radiology and radiotherapy, but bringing in perspectives from other healthcare disciplines and beyond for a true cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Educational aims:
  • To disseminate and exchange knowledge and experience with simulation and VR for radiotherapy and radiology
  • To share experience and exchange viewpoints of simulation and VR from different disciplines and thereby cross-fertilize ideas and knowledge exchange
  • To learn from other disciplines for possible implementation within radiology and underlying sciences 
Who should watch?:
  • Radiology: Consultant/Registrar Radiologists/Diagnostic Radiographers
  • Radiotherapy: Consultant/Registrar Clinical Oncologists/Therapeutic Radiographers/Medical Physicists/Dosimetrists/Engineers
  • Other clinical specialties – practitioners in surgery and nursing (e.g. consultant orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, orthoptists etc.)
Dr David Newsham
David first worked as a clinician following qualification in 1991, first as a Senior II Orthoptist, then later as Senior I at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust. Following this he took up the position of Lecturer in Orthoptics at the University of Liverpool in 1995 before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012 and is currently Head of Orthoptics, since 2014. His clinical research interests are amblyopia, intractable diplopia, suppression, adherence to treatment and quantitative oculomotor control and educational research interests are in the development of VR to aid clinical competence. David has presented and published on these topics in a variety of international journals and conferences. He served as Editor of the British and Irish Orthoptic Journal between 2012 and 2016, acts as a peer reviewer for a number of international ophthalmic journals/reviewer for external grant funding bodies and currently sits on the Editorial Board of the Center for Ophthalmic Educators of the International Council of Ophthalmology. Also, outside the university he is a Partner of the HCPC in the roles of both HCPC Visitor and Panel Member for Fitness to Practice and is the lead for Education and Research for the International Orthoptic Association where he represents the UK and Ireland.

Professor Mo Hamady
Professor of practice in Interventional Radiology and Image Guided Surgery at Imperial College-London. Research interests include aortic stent grafting and advanced embolisation techniques, robotic endovascular intervention and navigation, and virtual reality simulation training of endovascular skills. He has over 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 12 book chapters. He has given over 70 talks and keynote lectures in national and international scientific meetings in the last 5 years. Prof. Hamady has done the world-first robotic endovascular aortic intervention in 2008 and the world-first robotic fibroid embolisation in 2012 and UK first robotic prostate artery embolisation in 2017. He served several prominent roles in scientific and education committees of national and international learned societies, including British Society of Interventional Radiology, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe and Pan Arab Interventional Radiological Society.

Mr Brian McNeill
Brian McNeill is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Edge Hill University and was previously the Head of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Department within the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. He retired from Merseyside Police in 2011 after 30 years service. His last position with that force was Detective Chief Superintendent - Head of Crime, prior to which he was Director of Intelligence, Head of Special Branch and Scientific Support. As an accredited Senior Investigating Officer he had responsibility for leading reactive and proactive investigations into all levels of homicide including Category A+ Murders, Counter Terrorism, corruption and covert operations into serious and organised crime. Since retirement, he has performed the role as Staff Officer to the National Policing Crime Business Area, which involved the oversight, coordination and support of 12 Portfolios and 119 National Working Groups with responsibility for national and strategic level issues around policy, guidance and training. More recently, he has been a member of the NPCC National Coordination Team for all police forces in relation to the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Brian has been commended on 22 occasions and was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the New Year Honours List in 2011 for 30 years distinguished police service.

Mr Samuel Pullan
My name is Sam Pullan and I am the module leader for the Public Health module in our Bachelor of Nursing Degree. I also work with Vicky to coordinate and organise our simulation experiences at the University of Liverpool. As well as working as a lecturer, I also continue to practice as a staff nurse in a local Accident and Emergency Department. I love both of my jobs, and I feel lucky as each job helps my practice in the other. Working as a staff nurse in A&E gives me real credibility with my students. I am the member of the team doing the job they are aspiring to do, and I will often be able to talk through a concept of nursing, using real world examples of how it has helped me care for my patients. My research interest is primarily in simulation, public health and health policy, and major incidents. Due to my clinical relevance I will often be found teaching simulation, clinical skills sessions, and preparatory tutorials for our third-year nurses on ‘real nursing life’. Working in both A&E and University of Liverpool has taught me the great impact and ease that can be found from working interprofessionally. I look forward to hearing what other professions have been using simulation techniques for and their effectiveness in health education.

Ms Vicky Garner
I am a registered nurse with more than 35 years’ experience in nursing. I am currently a lecturer in undergraduate nursing at the University of Liverpool focusing on clinical skills training. I also teach on the post graduate MSc Nursing programme. My additional roles include student support in both the University and whilst the students are on practice placement and the facilitation of clinical skills development through simulation throughout the undergraduate curriculum. My background is in Accident and Emergency nursing which I am still passionate about. I held various posts in A&E departments including senior sister, team leader and clinical educator. I have for the last 12 years focused on education in the University settings.

Dr Pete Bridge
Pete is currently a senior lecturer in Radiotherapy at the University of Liverpool where he teaches radiotherapy planning, physics and research skills. Prior to this, he worked as a senior lecturer and undergraduate course coordinator at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Pete’s research interests lie in innovative radiotherapy education and particularly the use of simulation. He conducted the first evaluation of a virtual linear accelerator educational resource prior to its commercialisation as VERT (Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training) and has led several funded projects related to use of simulation as partial replacement for clinical placements. He has published on a wide range of educational innovations ranging from VR applications to engaging patients to provide student feedback. He co-authored the “CT Anatomy for Radiotherapy” textbook and currently delivers training on MR Anatomy for Radiotherapy. Pete’s PhD concerned the use of 3D immersive visualisation for radiotherapy structure outlining and he has just completed supervision of another project investigating use of 3D VR for IGRT image fusion. Despite this he maintains that he is not a geek. In his spare time he enjoys mountains, mud and good beer.

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Duration:160 mins