Mike is a consultant anaesthetist and the Lead Educator for simulation-based education and technology-enhanced learning at the N Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA).
Mike first became involved with simulation-based education in 1999 while working in Perth, Western Australia, where he carried out research at the Univ. of Western Australia’s simulation centre as part of his Master’s degree in Medical Education. Upon his return to N Ireland, Mike was instrumental in establishing the N Ireland Clinical Simulation Centre in 2001 and subsequently became NICSC director. Mike has considerable experience in course development and debriefing skills and is currently involved with a number of regional projects aimed at developing the interprofessional approach to human factors training.
He is the current Chair of the N Ireland Simulation and Human Factors Network (NISHFN) and is a committee member of the Irish Association for Simulation. He is particularly interested in how simulation-based education can be used to underpin healthcare human factors training, improve patient safety and disseminate learning from adverse incident analysis.
Mike has been a keen oarsman since his student days and, in what spare time he has, still enjoys nothing more than ‘messing about in boats’ (while his knees still hold out).
Marian is Associate Dean of Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University, Belfast. She has extensive experience in clinical education and her areas of particular interest include Simulation Based Education; Values Based recruitment e.g. MMIs; OSCE; Clinical Assessment. Marian has published widely in a range of subject areas and has received a number of prestigious Teaching Awards in recognition of her contribution to clinical education. Along with her Queen’s University colleague, Dr Gerry Gormley, Marian has been instrumental in developing the ASPiH 10th Anniversary International Research Workshop.
Gerry Gormley is a clinical academic at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and a General Practitioner in Carryduff, just south of Belfast. In 2018 he became the foundational Professor in Simulation and Clinical Skills. At the intersection between teaching, research and clinical practice, he is in a privileged position to identify, generate and apply new knowledge relating to simulation practice. To date he has published over 80 peer reviewed research papers and won several international awards for his research. After setting up the internationally recognised Scholarship and Educational Research Network (SERN) at QUB, he now focuses his research activity in two main themes. Firstly, exploring uncertainty and complexity in simulation based learning. By harnessing dramaturgical and psychological techniques, he is exploring new ways to afford learners a more embodied and immersive simulated learning experience. Secondly, research relating to the complex socio-cultural dimensions of clinical competency assessment and medical students’ professional development, particularly relating to the OSCE. He has also developed a research curiosity into why some individuals confuse their right from left and how this applies to healthcare – such as wrong sided surgery.
Caroline is a Registered General Nurse and is Head of the Clinical Education Centre in Northern Ireland which provides Post Registration training to Nurses Midwives and AHPs. Caroline has previously held the position of Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health and previous to that, she was Deputy Director of Nursing in South Eastern Trust and has also held a number of senior positions in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Caroline is an integral member of the Northern Ireland Simulation and Human Factors Network, she is a Nightingale Scholar and has a Master’s degree in Health Service Management.
Ian Walsh is a Urologist and Clinical Academic at Belfast Trust, Kingsbridge Private Hospital/3FiveTwo Healthcare and Queen’s University, Belfast; previously Visiting Professor in NeuroUrology and Reconstruction, University of California, Davis.
His subspecialty interests include sexual dysfunction, functional urology, psychosexual medicine, neurourology, urinary incontinence, human factors, patient safety, cognition and qualitative research.
Ian has presented nationally and internationally on over 120 occasions and has circa 100 publications. He has been awarded several medals and awards for this work, including the Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland Presidential Medal, the Irish Society of Urology Gold Medal, the Ralph Shackman Travelling Fellowship, the William Cook Travelling Fellowship, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Ethicon Foundation Fund Fellowship, the American Foundation for Urological Disease Research Scholarship and the Irish Network of Medical Educators Presentation Prize. His current areas of research interest include Simulation, Cognition/Metacognition, Patient Safety and Medical Humanities.
Ian is Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Irish Association of Sexual Medicine and a founding member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons Society for Female, Neurological and Urodynamic Urology, as well as Co-Editor of The Journal of Psychosexual Medicine. He is Scholarly Lead for Medicine and Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast and Council Member of The Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.
Peter is currently a PGY10 and Paediatric ST6 Trainee. Following completion of his Foundation programme, Peter spent time in Emergency Medicine in Brisbane, Australia and first developed his interest in inter-professional simulation-based education working with colleagues in Bond University, Queensland.
On his return, Peter entered Paediatric training in 2014. In 2017, he undertook a one year fellowship in Simulation & Education with Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and co-run @SimEdRBHSC. Peter helps teach APLS as well as medical and nursing students at QUB & University of Ulster. This year, he is completing his MSc in Clinical Education with QUB.
Peter is interested in Acute Paediatrics and has a particular interest in critical care medicine, translational simulation and inter-professional medical education. Peter is married to Jane with a baby daughter and is interested in all things sporting- soccer, golf, gaelic football, skiing, rugby and running to name but a few!
Ben is currently ST6 paediatric trainee currently undertaking a special interest module in paediatric respiratory medicine. He is passionate about medical education and recently undertook a clinical fellowship in education and simulation based in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC). Ben plans to complete an MSc in Clinical Education and is a member of the RBHSC SimEd Team. He has a particular interest in simulation and technology enhanced learning. His research to date has focused on clinician’s gaze behaviour in simulated scenarios. Outside of work Ben enjoys playing golf, football and good coffee!
Leo is a final year medical student at Queen’s University Belfast.
Leo’s interest in simulation as a teaching and training tool in healthcare began during his clinical attachments at Queen’s, where he has been very fortunate in being able to participate in regular simulation based teaching as part of the core curriculum. Throughout these sessions he saw first-hand the effect this type of learning had on both individuals and the team, each gaining confidence in exercising clinical and interpersonal skills in a high fidelity environment. To Leo, the positive downstream benefit to the patient was obvious.
Leo has subsequently become increasingly involved in the application of simulation-based education in healthcare, particularly at medical school. After being invited to attend NISHFN’s local committee meetings, Leo jumped at the chance to help organise this year’s ASPiH Sim-Wars Competition.
Caroline ‘Remi’ Pugh is an Audio Visual and Simulation Technician with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
She works with manikins, 3D prints, silicone and the occasional can of soup to recreate scenarios for medical learning. Her background is in music performance and education, and she no longer eats canned soup.
Stephanie is the 2019/19 ADEPT Fellow working in Simulation-based Education and Human Factors development and Medical Leadership at the N Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency. She is a senior trainee in psychiatry and a mental health advocate. Stephanie is Secretary (2018/19) for the N Ireland Simulation & Human Factors Network.
Martin is a Consultant anaesthetist and intensivist working in Belfast HSC Trust. He is the Lead for ICU in the Mater Hospital. Having trained in Northern Ireland, he has an MD in Critical Care from Queens University. He is a Scottish Quality and Patient Safety Fellow and trainer for Quality Improvement programmes locally. With an interest in simulation based education from early in his career he is now lead for faculty development for simulation in Belfast. With a keen interest in human factors he has linked with other industries to enhance learning from incidents to improve safety. As a governance lead he has a role in investigating and sharing learning from incidents in healthcare.
A sports enthusiast, Martin provides pitch side critical care provision to Ulster Rugby, the Northern Ireland football team and is a chief medical officer for the British Boxing Board of Control.