BACCN Conference 2020 & ASPiH

BACCN Conference 2020 & ASPiH

Simulation Seminars

A BACCN & ASPiH collaboration.

  • Making Simulation Safe
  • Beyond the Manikin: Working with Simulated Patients
  • Debriefing Skills

Led by three leading nurses in Simulated Practice in the UK, we will be hosting three masterclasses on day one of Conference to help you develop your skills as simulation faculty.

Carrie Hamilton

Director of Education at SimComm Academy

Clair Merriman

Head of Professional Practice Skills at Oxford Brookes University

Colette Laws-Chapman

Deputy Director of the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Carrie Hamilton is the Director of Education at SimComm Academy. She has worked in healthcare systems in the UK, USA and Canada and has a clinical background in intensive care, inflight nursing, tropical diseases and emergency care.

Her area of expertise is designing and delivering experiential communication skills simulation, where humanity and patient/staff safety are key, and where simulated patients and simulated relatives translate the real patient and relative story. A Fellowship enabled her to research the international perspective of simulated patients in healthcare education and a further scholarship took her across the globe to centres of excellence, to consider the ways empathy can be incorporated into education.  

She is an Executive Member of the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare and also a part time Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

Head of Professional Practice Skills at Oxford Brookes University

Honorary Clinical Contract at Oxford University Hospital Trust-Advanced Nurse Practitioner Neurosciences

Clair is responsible for professional practice skills development for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences for both pre-registration and post registration students. This involves developing, implementing, and evaluating the Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategy for professional practice skills at the same time ensuring collaboration with students, service users and staff about teaching and learning these skills. Clair manages 13 skills suites across both sites which supports professional practice skills development and low to high fidelity simulation.

Clair has a particular interest in interprofessional simulation, simulated patients and transferability of simulation based education into the clinical environment. Clair has just finished a 10 year term being an ASPiH executive member.

Colette Laws-Chapman is the Deputy Director of the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she is responsible for developing faculty and supporting development of inter-professional simulation programmes. She led one of the first all-hospital simulation education programmes in the UK. Colette is an Executive Member of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare and has been a member of the National Board of BACCN since 2001.


  • Recognising what practices assist to "Make Simulation Safe"
  • Appreciate the value of simulated patients and manikins
  • Understand the core components of effective debriefing


  • State four steps that can make simulation a safe educational event
  • Describe the appropriate application of simulated patients or manikins to scenarios
  • Learn how to utilise the SaIL Debrief Diamond

BACCN & ASPiH  Simulation Poster Competition

Calling all Critical Care Nurses and Colleagues working and or interested in the field of simulation to submit an abstract (for a poster presentation) from descriptive studies undertaken linked to the following:

"Using simulation as a tool to foster cultural change through an educational, quality improvement and or risk management project"

We are keen for you to articulate how the simulation has been delivered in your centre / unit, how you have captured the impact and what impact it has had on patient care and your outcomes.

1st Prize:  Conference place to ASPiH UK 2020 (or 2021) & ASPiH Membership for one year

2nd Prize:  ASPiH Membership for one year

Be sure to submit your abstract under the Simulation category to be within a chance to win!