Clinical Skills Development Service

Pocket Improvement Collaborative – Hervey Bay

The Wide Bay Simulation Team at Hervey Bay Hospital hosted the latest Pocket Improvement Collaborative (PIC) on 14-15 November 2019. This PIC was one of the largest and most travelled to yet. There were 55 Pocket Centre Network staff in attendance from 11 different Hospital and Health Services across Queensland, with representation from 19 separate Pocket Centres.

A special shout out to the Townsville Clinical Simulation Centre Pocket (Lauren Camilleri, Karen Ingram, and Di Hutchinson). They put in an amazing effort with a 13 hour one-way road trip all the way from Townsville.

The Wide Bay Simulation Team has a great history with the use of simulation in the healthcare setting. Over many years they have been able to develop a sustainable model of simulation-based education and systems improvement. This model has a large component focusing on in-situ simulation (simulation that takes place in the actual working environment and involving those who work there). It is because of their expertise in this area that “in-situ sim” was the theme of this PIC.

There were a number of presentations covering a range of the hottest topics in simulation, below are just a few of them:

  • The importance of knowing the power of data – Darian Ward, Director of Education, Training and Research Education; Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.
  • Communicating with execs – Dr Simon Bugden, A/Deputy Executive Director of Operations; Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
  • High stakes interviews using simulation used in recruitment – Christopher Barnes, Simulation Educator, Hervey Bay Hospital; Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.
  • Testing processes using simulation; implementing change within the operating room – Dr Debbie van Niekerk, Staff Specialist Anaesthetics; Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

With the gorgeous backdrop of Hervey Bay, the PIC provided an opportunity to network and share with likeminded healthcare professionals. The event also offered the attendees a chance to see the enthusiastic Wide Bay Simulation Team in action.

CSDS would like to thank and congratulate all involved in making the Hervey Bay PIC a successful event. With a special thank you to Ken Karrasch and his team for sharing their extensive knowledge with the attendees.

Stay tuned for PIC 2020 dates.

These events are available to all Queensland Health staff that are associated with the CSDS Pocket Centre Network.

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