"improving intensive care in Scotland"


Simulation-based training is rapidly becoming a core training tool in critical care, see review. From practical procedures, such as inserting central lines on manikins, through to human patient simulation with the assessment of critically ill patients on high-fidelity simulators, simulation offers many uses to intensive care medicine.

Critical care involves the management of acute crises in complex situations with frequently incomplete information and the need for time-dependent interventions.  Close team working, leadership, situational awareness, medical knowledge, problem solving through the clinical uncertainty and balancing risks and benefits of interventions are just some of the attributes required of modern critical care doctors.

To maximise performance, patient safety and outcomes requires practice.  Simulation can offer just this without exposing real patients to any risk.

Click here to read the Clinical Skills: Managed Educational Network Newsletter from December 2014.

Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors

The Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF) is a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary training facility based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. The centre is the high fidelity simulation centre for Scotland.  


Simulation training and an understanding of human factors are applied throughout the healthcare environment to support effective, efficient and safe patient care.


1. Develop a national network of experts in simulation and human factors training

2. Develop and deliver effective courses and training packages

3. Promote simulation based education through research and collaboration


1. Equity of access

2. Demonstrable quality and safety

3. A collaborative and open approach

The SCSCHF faculty of experts in simulation based medical education (SBME) oversee the design and delivery of courses, in conjunction with subject matter experts.  This process ensures that course learning objectives are tailored for and appropriate to the target learners.

SBME is increasingly recognised as a pivotal part of training a safe and capable healthcare workforce.  The SCSCHF offers Train the Trainers courses and observer places to help training of future SBME facilitators.

Website: www.scschf.org

The SICS Principles of Intensive Care Training (PICT) Courses

This one-day simulation-based course, which is suitable for FY2, Year 1/2 ACCS and CT 1/2 trainees in acute specialties, ACCPs and experienced ICU or HDU nurses, is designed to help you to recognise, assess and manage acutely ill adults who require critical care. 

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Assessment and initial management of the critically ill adult
  • Emergency airway management
  • Respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation
  • Shock, invasive monitoring and circulatory support
  • Acute brain injury
  • Severe sepsis and septic shock
  • Clinical human factors
  • Team working and communication
  • Clinical decision making
  • Critical events in the ventilated patient

The course is held in the Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre in Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

The course dates are :

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Tuesday 6th June 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017

For more information and to book see flyer

The SICS Principles of Intensive Care Training (PICT) simulation scenarios and materials are now available here.  

Other useful resources

The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH)

Formed in 2009 through the merger of the National Association of Medical Simulators (NAMS) and the Clinical Skills Network (CSN), the overarching goal of ASPiH is to enable wider sharing of knowledge, expertise, and educational innovation related to simulated practice across the healthcare professions, and thereby to improve patient care and professional performance by the use of simulated practice and technology enhanced learning.