Pre-conference Workshops 

Monday 6th November 2023

13:30 - 17:30


Pre-conference workshops take place the day prior to the main conference and can be booked at the same time as your conference registration. If you would like to attend the Pre-conference workshops ONLY please click the button below.



Member - £75

Non-Member - £85

Student - £37.50

Attendance to the Pre-conference workshops ONLY - £85

*Presenting authors will receive a discount, which will be detailed to them in their acceptance email*

Workshop Information

“Human Factors is not Non-Technical Skills: using simulation to understand and improve everyday work”

Michael Moneypenny and Paul O’Connor 

This introductory workshop will explore the profession and discipline of human factors ergonomics, and the concept of non-technical skills. It will then consider the application of the System Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) model to and with simulation-based practice.


This workshop will:

- Improve your understanding of human factors ergonomics and non-technical skills

- Allow you to apply the SEIPS model to analyse your simulation-based practice and analyse everyday work


Who should register to attend:

  • Practitioners with an entry-level interest in human factors ergonomics and non-technical skills
  • Practitioners interested in applying human factors ergonomics knowledge and tools to simulation-based practice



Paul O’Connor photo

Paul O’Connor is a Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Galway and a Human Factors Psychologist. He has significant experience in both non-technical skills and human

Michael Moneypenny photo

Michael Moneypenny is the Regional Director (East Africa) at the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education at the Aga Khan University. He assists on the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Anaesthetists’ Non-Technical Skills (ANTS) course and has had a decade-long interest in human factors ergonomics.

“From Sim Hero to Net Zero – Sustainable Simulation” 

Andy Buttery,  Rosie Courtney, Simon Rollason, Sharon Marie Weldon

This workshop is relevant and accessible to all with an interest in simulation and reaching net zero.

The NHS Ambition:

To deliver the world’s first net zero health service and respond to climate change, improving health now and for future generations.”      

 “The Greener NHS programme will work with our staff, hospitals, and our partners…build on the great work being done…sharing ideas on how to reduce the impact on public health and the environment, save money, and reach net carbon zero.”

Within Simulation Practice many opportunities, large & small, exist for simulationists and their suppliers to work more sustainably and contribute to the ambition of net zero. Within the NHS, simulation can make an important contribution to identifying opportunities, large & small, for carers, care systems, and their suppliers, to work more sustainably. Overall, what are the achievable priorities?

Workshop Aim

  • Primary: To construct upon known plans for sustainability relevant to health & care, sets of possibilities & opportunities for the improvement of sustainability in simulation activities, and the contribution of simulation to improvement of sustainability in health & care.
  • Secondary:
    • To consider the current mindset (e.g. “our staff, hospitals, and our partners”) aspiring towards a broader, more inclusive, and collaborative approach.
    • To create the framework for an ASPiH Sustainability Special Interest Group.

Programme: following brief didactic content & discussions to establish the relevant current situation, participants will rotate through 4 smaller group workshops:

               Transformative Simulation for Sustainability         Sharon Marie Weldon

               Strategies for achieving effective outcomes           Rosie Courtney

               Sustainable Simulation Activities                              Andy Buttery

               Greener NHS through a Simulation Lens                Simon Rollason


Facilitators will evolve workshops informed by earlier activities; participants will bring ideas from earlier activities to the next, each group’s journey unique. Closing discussion & summary.

Andy Buttery photo

Andy Buttery had half a career as an ODP before becoming a simulationist in 2004.

He has facilitated SBE, HF, and Faculty Development ever since (& a while before). Andy believes Green Sustainability is the greatest legacy he can contribute towards.

Rosie Courtney photo

Rosie Courtney’s career started in the Cabinet Office and Dept of Health before moving to the NHS as the GM of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. She’s now the SE Programme Lead for SIM-TEL & Patient safety. 

Simon Rollason photo

Simon Rollason began his career as a teacher, before moving through Finance, Consulting and the NHS where he is leading a regional team focused on delivering net zero and a greener NHS.

Sharon Weldon photo

Sharon Weldon is a nurse and Professor in Healthcare Simulation and Workforce Development. Her research is focused on simulation concepts, and its application as a tool in delivering change.

"Advancing Debriefing: Building Sustainable Skills for Challenging Conversations''

Colette Laws-Chapman, Gabriel Reedy, Libby Thomas, Beth Tennant, Diego Olmo-Ferrer and Prashant Kumar 

Debriefing skills are valuable, transferable skills. They are valuable for faculty working across all aspects of simulation activity and support all facets of health and care. Debriefing skills are also linked to patient safety initiatives, from hot debriefing to after action reviews.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to explore some common challenges familiar to the advanced debriefer:

1. Supporting colleagues through co-debriefing, including working with new or challenging debriefing colleagues.

2. Finding the language to talk about important yet challenging topics, such as equity, diversity, and inclusion, using structured frameworks.

3. Handling topics that can feel difficult to manage, including emotions, hierarchy, and conflict.

Through a mixture of group work, vignettes, and learning from the academic literature, we will explore these topics and co-create useful tools and skills with workshop participants.

Who should register to attend?

•  Simulation debriefers who want to advance their facilitation skills

• Faculty developers and other educators who facilitate train-the-trainer courses


Delegates will be sent a pre-workshop email with a link to some materials and a mini survey to help inform the workshop focus.

Workshop outline :

13:30 - Introductions (15 mins)

13:45 Supporting colleagues through co-debriefing, including working with new or challenging debriefing colleagues.

14:45 – Break

15:00 Finding the language to talk about important yet challenging topics, such as equity, diversity, and inclusion, using structured frameworks.

16:00 Break

16:15 Handling topics that can feel difficult to manage, including emotions, hierarchy, and conflict.

17:15 – Wrap up with our #hashtagtakeaways 

17:30 Close

In time for 18h00 –19h00 Chat with the ASPiH Executive committee (refreshments available)Reserved to PCW participants and presenters only


Gabriel Reedy headshot

Gabriel Reedy, has a background in educational psychology, is Professor in Clinical Education, KCL, Programme Director, Masters in Clinical Education and Educational Research Lead for the SaIL Centre for King’s Health Partners

Colette Laws-Chapman headshot

Colette Laws-Chapman is Deputy Director of the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where she is responsible for transformative simulation and developing nonmedical simulation programmes and faculty. She led one of the first all-hospital simulation education programmes in the UK.

Libby Thomas headshot

Libby Thomas has a PhD in simulation and led the simulation module on the KCL MA Clinical Education for 9 years. She is currently a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and an Emergency Medicine consultant at King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust.

Beth Tennant Headshot

Beth Tennant is the Simulation and Clinical Skills Lead Specialist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has extensive experience in health professions simulation training, debriefing and faculty development and supported the development of the London Simulation Network Faculty Development Framework.

Diego Olmo-Ferrer is an Emergency Medicine Physician at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where he is the Trust lead for Simulation. He recently was appointed the Simulation Lead Training Programme Director for Emergency Medicine in the East of England deanery. He is completing his MSc in Medical Education this academic year.

Pratash Kumar headshot

Prashant Kumar is an anaesthetic doctor working in the West of Scotland with a specialist interest in simulation-based education and research. His main areas of interest are in interprofessional debriefing and faculty development, and was recently awarded a Masters in Medical Education with Distinction for his work on self-led debriefing.

''Tackling the most common challenges for technicians''

ASPiH Technical Special Interest Group

This workshop will develop attendees in several areas frequently expected of simulation technicians, with interactive sessions covering:
• “STEPTalks: Critical Thinking for Simulation Technicians” by Darren Evans from Laerdal
• “Supporting technicians to become XR developers”- by Nick Peres, Chris Gay, Daniel Curtis, Joshua Ainslie and Thomas Ward
• “Moulage Hands On” presented by Russell Sinclair, Sophie Rutherford, Wojciech Wardenga and supported by Sim & Skills

All attendees will have a 1hr workshop on each of the above topics, and these will be bookended with updates and discussion on the future of the simulation technician role.

Who should attend:
Simulation Technicians or those in similar roles