Establishment of a Simulation Training Programme in Sri Lanka

Our objective is to ensure improved patient and family experience, safety and outcome through the delivery of an educationally coherent strategy based on an innovative and evidenced based technically enhanced learning (TEL).

We will establish a simulation-working group among the consultant paediatricians in Sri Lanka to achieve above objective and they will act as trainers in the future. The way forward is to establish stimulation centres in provincial level at teaching or general hospitals and training should be promoted among the inter professional as well as the multi professional level. For us to succeed the training of groups of nurses is important to promote team professional skills.

We have already had preliminary discussions with Key personalities in simulation training in UK and has done the initial ground work for stronger collaborative work. A team led by Dr. David Grant the chair of Bristol Simulation Centre visited Sri Lanka recently and conducted two Master Trainers Programmes to develop a strategic framework to initiate and sustain the project with the ministry of health with the participation of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians.

The first workshop was conducted at Cinnamon Lake Side, Colombo from 31st March to 2nd April 2016 and the second workshop was at Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura from 4th to 6th April 2016. Altogether 48 member team has been trained which comprises of Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Intensivists, Consultant Neonatologists, Senior Registrars and Nursing Officers. For the above workshops and to establish a state of the art Simulation Centre equipped with high fidelity Sim Dolls, the College was able to secure a funding of Rs 69 million. A simulation Council was formed on the last day of the second workshop and Dr. David Grant became the patron of it. Dr. Ramya de Silva is the President, Dr. M A M Faizal is the Vice President and Dr. Surantha Perera is the Secretary.