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‘World first’ award for Scots clinical skills network

First UK organisation to win prestigious ASPIRE award for Simulation Training


NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has been recognised for its work to improve clinical skills by being awarded the prestigious international ‘ASPIRE’ award for simulation training from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

The 2018 Award for Excellence in Simulation was granted for the "exemplary simulation” training being carried out by the Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network (CS MEN). Over the last 10 years, CS MEN has used its mobile simulation unit, online blended learning support systems and telemedicine to train over 9,000 practitioners, often in remote and rural areas, who otherwise would not have access to high quality simulation education.

CS MEN is the first national simulation network in the world to receive this award.

The ASPIRE citation highlighted not just the benefits for Scotland but for the wider international professional community. The Panel stated:

“CS MEN has [also] demonstrated a strong commitment to research and scholarship in simulation. This will not only help CS MEN and the goals of improving care delivery in Scotland but also help to develop the international community of practice associated with simulation.”

NES Chair David Garbutt said:

“It’s essential that we deliver the highest level of skills development throughout Scotland so that patients benefit from the optimum quality of care. We can rightly be proud of our record in Medical Education and a great deal of leadership, innovation and hard work goes into maintaining that reputation, through our development work, that of our partners and, most importantly through our clinicians. 

“Everyone in the Network should be particularly proud that their commitment has been recognised with a double- first – the first UK organisation to achieve an ASPIRE award for simulation training, and the first national network in the world to win the award for excellence in simulation.

“We want to build on this success, and are introducing a new Mobile Skills Unit, which will be officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on Thursday 20th September. This unit will make it easier for us to bring the next generation of skills training to Scotland’s workforce.”

The CS MEN network has four delivery units, and three of these the Mobile Skills Unit, the British Association for Immediate Care – Scotland (BASICS- Scotland) and the Scottish Simulation Centre for Clinical Human Factors were involved in applying  for  the  award . Together, they provide:

• Procedural and team work skills
• Training in pre-emergency hospital care
• Training in specialist technical and non-technical skills and faculty development

More information on AMEE and the ASPIRE award is available here.

Reference: PR2017-027