“Mastering competencies, Saving Lives”; such is the tagline of one of SMSB’s colossal projects to date: The Clinical Simulation Center, shortly known as Sim.C.
Sim.C will be the first clinical simulation center of its kind in Sudan. Envisioned as a regional hub for simulated clinical training of national and international trainees alike, it will play an integral role in shifting the paradigm of healthcare education and delivery in the country and the region.
The center will be equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art simulation technologies. It will be founded in an interprofessional environment that resembles reality to facilitate competency-based capacity building, while also helping to develop the diagnostic, therapeutic, and emergency skills of trainees.
Sim.C will not only raise the standard of trainee competency, but will also reaffirm their professional commitment to excellence in healthcare practice to safeguard the safety and life of patients; and hence, from here is derived the tagline of the center, “Mastering Competencies, Saving Lives”.
- To design and implement the simulation-based medical and health curricula of SMSB’s specialized councils for basic, advanced and specialized training of trainees.
- To deliver simulation-based medical and health training using advanced medical simulators and competency development systems in a safe, innovative and interprofessional environment for teaching and learning and which is conducive for scientific research and publications.
- To enhance academic performance, develop the capabilities and build the competencies of the faculty and technical staff in the fields of vocational training, automated and virtual systems and all related methods and techniques of healthcare simulation.
- To award faculty and technical staff certificates and degrees in the field of simulation-based healthcare training.
- To locally, regionally, and internationally mobilize financial resources and attain technical support for the center’s activities.
- To fulfil the national, regional and international requirements for accreditation to become a center that is recognized regionally and globally.
- To coordinate efforts with SMSB’s national and international partners for the implementation and delivery of clinical simulation and competency development programmes, academic activities and assessments/examinations.
- To collaborate with healthcare simulation centers in Sudan, the region and in the international arena, as well as with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for the development, implementation and enhancement of Sim.C’s clinical simulation and competency development programmes, and for the provision of technical support and consultations in basic and postgraduate medical education.
In November 2016, four technical advisory committees were established to oversee the development of Sim.C’s strategic (business) plan, which will lay the foundation for the inauguration, operation and sustainability of the center. The four committees are as follows:
1) Mission Statement, Governance and Patient Safety Committee:
Focal person for the Committee: Deputy Director of the Clinical Simulation Center;
i) Recommendation of members for the Board of Directors and Governance;
ii) Development of Sim.C’s vision, mission statement, goals, and organisational chart (with administrative and governance components) to accomplish the center’s establishment, operation and sustainability;
iii) Setting and monitoring of the standards for patient safety and the healthcare system.
i) Identify the functions of the center including its purpose, objectives, patient safety, target audience, and beneficiaries with emphasis on interprofessional education and research activities;
ii) Identify the educational goals of the center with a focus on learning in an interprofessional environment. Interprofessional education is about health professional programme students learning how to practice together effectively in collaborative teams, where all members of the team(s) are respected for their knowledge and competencies. The patient’s (“client’s”) views are solicited and valued within the team, resulting in improved communication and working relations (Source: Western University, Canada);
iii) Develop an organisational chart for the center, which includes administrative and governance components, to achieve the center’s functions and goals;
iv) Develop an administrative structure, which enables medical/health cadres to fully utilize and benefit from the simulation programs and examination activities of the center;
v) Capacity building and development of educational competencies for health system strengthening and improvement of patient safety regionally;
vi) Integrate the Canadian Patient Safety Competencies with the educational curricula;
vii) Monitoring and evaluation.
2) Training and Curriculum Committee:
Focal person for the Committee: Director of Training and Curriculum Unit of the Clinical Simulation Center;
i) Articulation and development of the curriculum, learning objectives and education methods for the clinical simulation and competency development programmes;
ii) Evaluation of the training programmes, courses, trainers and trainees of the center.
i) Needs assessment to identify the requirements of the trainees in order to develop the simulation-based curricula;
ii) Set the educational goals/learning objectives for each course and/or curriculum;
iii) Identify the education and training methods for the courses and/or curricula;
iv) Trainee performance evaluation to evaluate the trainee’s competencies, achievements and growth subsequent to the taught curricula and coursework;
v) Develop a framework for the periodic evaluation of the curricula, training programmes and taught courses of the center.
3) Scholarship and Research Committee:
Focal person for the Committee: Director of Scholarship and Research Unit of the Clinical Simulation Center;
Engagement in and contribution to advances in the health field and evaluation of the overall productivity of the center through simulation-based research activities.
i) Identify areas for and engage in simulation-based clinical research with the trainers and trainees of the center in liaison with the specialty councils of the Sudan Medical Specialization Board;
ii) Develop ethical clearance standards and guidelines for ethical practice of simulation-based clinical research with emphasis on patient safety;
iii) Provide technical support to the trainers and the trainees of the center to conduct simulation-based clinical research;
iv) Keep abreast of scientific and technological developments regionally and internationally and collaborate with regional and international organizations/institutions to engage in research studies related to clinical simulation and competency development.
4) Infrastructure Committee:
Focal person for the Committee: Deputy Director of Administrative and Financial Affairs of the Clinical Simulation Center;
i) Identification of the physical space, equipment, facilities and services, faculty and personnel, and financial and technical resources required to establish the Clinical Simulation Center.
ii) Identification and management of relations with parties/entities in the health/health-related industries.
i) Identify financial resources to establish, operate and ensure the sustainability of the Clinical Simulation Center;
ii) Determine the location and floor area of the center and work in close liaison with architects and specialists in the healthcare simulation field to finalize the architectural plans;
iii) Identify the equipment, technologies and facilities required to start-up the center and achieve sustainable growth and long-term sustainability of its operations;
iv) Identify the human resources (faculty and personnel) needed to operate the center;
v) Develop an effective and feasible workforce and administrative plans for results-oriented performance appraisal, protection of employee rights and personal information, and to ensure achievement of organisational goals;
vi) Develop a plan for capacity building and evaluation of the faculty and teaching staff who will be delivering the courses, programmes and curricula of the center;
vii) Formulate policies and procedures to strengthen relations with partners and relevant stakeholders.